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1 Baltic Way 995 Västerås (Sweden), November, 995 Problems and solutions. Find all triples (x, y, z) of positive integers satisfying the system of equations { x = (y + z) x 6 = y 6 + z 6 + 3(y + z ). Solution. From the first equation it follows that x is even. The second equation implies x > y and x > z. Hence 4x > (y + z) = x, and therefore x = and y + z =, so y = z =. It is easy to check that the triple (,, ) satisfies the given system of equations.. Let a and k be positive integers such that a + k divides (a )a(a + ). Prove that k a. Solution. We have (a )a(a+) = a(a +k) (k +)a. Hence a +k divides (k +)a, and thus k + a, or equivalently, k a. 3. The positive integers a, b, c are pairwise relatively prime, a and c are odd and the numbers satisfy the equation a + b = c. Prove that b + c is a square of an integer. Solution. Since a and c are odd, b must be even. We have a = c b = (c+b)(c b). Let d = gcd(c+b, c b). Then d divides (c + b) + (c b) = c and (c + b) (c b) = b. Since c + b and c b are odd, d is odd, and hence d divides both b and c. But b and c are relatively prime, so d =, i.e., c + b and c b are also relatively prime. Since (c + b)(c b) = a is a square, it follows that c + b and c b are also squares. In particular, b + c is a square as required. 4. John is older than Mary. He notices that if he switches the two digits of his age (an integer), he gets Mary s age. Moreover, the difference between the squares of their ages is the square of an integer. How old are Mary and John? Solution. Let John s age be 0a + b where 0 a, b 9. Then Mary s age is 0b + a, and hence a > b. Now (0a + b) (0b + a) = 9 (a + b)(a b). Since this is the square of an integer, a + b or a b must be divisible by. The only possibility is clearly a + b =. Hence a b must be a square. A case study yields the only possibility a = 6, b = 5. Thus John is 65 and Mary 56 years old. 5. Let a < b < c be three positive integers. Prove that among any c consecutive positive integers there exist three different numbers x, y, z such that abc divides xyz. Solution. First we show that among any b consecutive numbers there are two different numbers x and y such that ab divides xy. Among the b consecutive numbers there is clearly a number x divisible by b, and a number y divisible by a. If x y, we can take x = x and y = y, and we are done. Now assume that x = y. Then x is divisible by e, the least common multiple of a and b. Let d = gcd(a, b). As a < b, we have d b. Hence there is a number z x among the b consecutive numbers such that z is divisible by d. Hence x z is divisible by de. But de = ab, so we can take x = x and y = z. Now divide the c consecutive numbers into two groups of c consecutive numbers. In the first group, by the above reasoning, there exist distinct numbers x and y such that ab divides xy. The second group contains a number z divisible by c. Then abc divides xyz. 6. Prove that for positive a, b, c, d a + c a + b + b + d b + c + c + a c + d + d + b d + a 4. Solution. The inequality between the arithmetic and harmonic mean gives a + c a + b + c + a c + d 4 a+b a+c + c+d c+a b + d b + c + d + b d + a 4 b+c b+d + d+a d+b = 4 = 4 a + c a + b + c + d, b + d a + b + c + d, and adding these inequalities yields the required inequality.

2 7. Prove that sin sin 8 = /8. Solution. We have sin sin 8 = sin 8 (sin 8 + sin 90 ) = sin 8 sin54 cos36 = sin 8 cos 36 = sin 8 cos 8 cos 36 cos 8 = sin 36 cos 36 cos 8 = sin 7 8 cos 8 = The real numbers a, b and c satisfy the inequalities a b + c, b c + a and c a + b. Prove that a + b + c = 0. Solution. Squaring both sides of the given inequalities we get a (b + c) b (c + a) c (a + b). Adding these three inequalities and rearranging, we get (a + b + c) 0. Clearly equality must hold, and we have a + b + c = Prove that = Solution. Denote the left-hand side of the equation by L, and the right-hand side by R. Then 996 L = ( ) k+( 997 k + ) 996 = ( k R = k 997 ) 998 = k k ( ) k+ k + = 997 ( ) k k + 996, We must verify that 996 ( )k k = 998 k+998. But this follows from the calculation 996 ( ) k 996 k = 998 k 998 k = k Find all real-valued functions f defined on the set of all non-zero real numbers such that: (i) f() =, ( ) ( ( (ii) f = f + f for all non-zero x, y, x + y, x + y x) y) (iii) (x + y)f(x + y) = xyf(x)f(y) for all non-zero x, y, x + y. Solution. Substituting x = y = z in (ii) we get f( z ) = f( z ) () for all z 0. Substituting x = y = z in (iii) yields z f( z ) = ( z f( z )) for all z 0, and hence f( z ) = z ( f( z )). From () and () we get () f( z ) = z ( f( z )),

3 or, equivalently, f(x) = x ( f(x) ) (3) for all x 0. If f(x) = 0 for some x, then by (iii) we would have f() = ( x + ( x) ) f ( x + ( x) ) = ( x)f(x)f( x) = 0, which contradicts the condition (i). Hence f(x) 0 for all x, and (3) implies xf(x) = for all x, and thus f(x) = x. It is easily verified that this function satisfies the given conditions.. In how many ways can the set of integers {,,...,995} be partitioned into three nonempty sets so that none of these sets contains two consecutive integers? Solution. We construct the three subsets by adding the numbers successively, and disregard at first the condition that the sets must be non-empty. The numbers and must belong to two different subsets, say A and B. We then have two choices for each of the numbers 3, 4,..., 995, and different choices lead to different partitions. Hence there are 993 such partitions, one of which has an empty part. The number of partitions satisfying the requirements of the problem is therefore Assume we have 95 boxes and 9 balls distributed in these boxes in an arbitrary manner. We take six new balls at a time and place them in six of the boxes, one ball in each of the six. Can we, by repeating this process a suitable number of times, achieve a situation in which each of the 95 boxes contains an equal number of balls? Solution. Since 6 6 = 96, we can put 6 times 6 balls in the boxes so that the number of balls in one of the boxes increases by two, while in all other boxes it increases by one. Repeating this procedure, we can either diminish the difference between the number of balls in the box which has most balls and the number of balls in the box with the least number of balls, or diminish the number of boxes having the least number of balls, until all boxes have the same number of balls. 3. Consider the following two person game. A number of pebbles are situated on the table. Two players make their moves alternately. A move consists of taking off the table x pebbles where x is the square of any positive integer. The player who is unable to make a move loses. Prove that there are infinitely many initial situations in which the second player can win no matter how his opponent plays. Solution. Suppose that there is an n such that the first player always wins if there are initially more than n pebbles. Consider the initial situation with n + n + pebbles. Since (n + ) > n + n +, the first player can take at most n pebbles, leaving at least n + pebbles on the table. By the assumption, the second player now wins. This contradiction proves that there are infinitely many situations in which the second player wins no matter how the first player plays. 4. There are n fleas on an infinite sheet of triangulated paper. Initially the fleas are in different small triangles, all of which are inside some equilateral triangle consisting of n small triangles (see Figure for a possible initial configuration with n = 5). Once a second each flea jumps from its triangle to one of the three small triangles as indicated in the figure. For which positive integers n does there exist an initial configuration such that after a finite number of jumps all the n fleas can meet in a single small triangle? Figure 3

4 Solution. The small triangles can be coloured in four colours as shown in Figure. Then each flea can only reach triangles of a single colour. Moreover, number the horizontal rows are numbered as in Figure, and note that with each move a flea jumps from a triangle in an even-numbered row to a triangle in an odd-numbered row, or vice versa. Hence, if all the fleas are to meet in one small triangle, then they must initially be located in triangles of the same colour and in rows of the same parity. On the other hand, if these conditions are met, then the fleas can end up all in some designated triangle (of the right colour and parity). When a flea reaches this triangle, it can jump back and forth between the designated triangle and one of its neighbours until the other fleas arrive. It remains to find the values of n for which the big triangle contains at least n small triangles of one colour, in rows of the same parity. For any odd n there are at least n+ = 8 (n + 4n + 3) n such triangles. For even n 6 we also have at least n = 8 (n + n) n triangles of the required kind. Finally, it is easy to check that for n = and n = 4 the necessary set of small triangles cannot be found. Hence it is possible for the fleas to meet in one small triangle for all n except and 4. 7 d b a d b c a d c a b d c b a d c b a c d a b c d d c a b c c b a d c b a d c b a d c d a b c d a b c d a b a d c d a b b a d c c d a b c d b a d c a b b c Figure 5. A polygon with n + vertices is given. Show that it is possible to label the vertices and midpoints of the sides of the polygon, using all the numbers,,..., 4n +, so that the sums of the three numbers assigned to each side are all equal. Solution. First, label the midpoints of the sides of the polygon with the numbers,,..., n +, in clockwise order. Then, beginning with the vertex between the sides labelled by and, label every second vertex in clockwise order with the numbers 4n +, 4n +,..., n In the triangle ABC, let l be the bisector of the external angle at C. The line through the midpoint O of the segment AB parallel to l meets the line AC at E. Determine CE, if AC = 7 and CB = 4. Solution. Let F be the intersection point of l and the line AB. Since AC > BC, the point E lies on the segment AC, and F lies on the ray AB. Let the line through B parallel to AC meet CF at G. Then the triangles AFC and BFG are similar. Moreover, we have BGC = BCG, and hence the triangle CBG is isosceles with BC = BG. Hence FA FB = AC BG = AC BC = 7 4. Therefore AO AF = 3 /7 = 3 4 triangles ACF and AEO are similar, AE AC = AO AF = 3 4, whence AE = 3 and EC =. 7. Prove that there exists a number α such that for any triangle ABC the inequality max(h A, h B, h C ) α min(m A, m B, m C ). Since the holds, where h A, h B, h C denote the lengths of the altitudes and m A, m B, m C denote the lengths of the medians. Find the smallest possible value of α. Solution. Let h = max(h A, h B, h C ) and m = min(m A, m B, m C ). If the longest height and the shortest median are drawn from the same vertex, then obviously h m. Now let the longest height and shortest median be AD and BE, respectively, with AD = h and BE = m. Let F be the point on the line BC such that EF is parallel to AD. Then m = EB EF = h, whence h m. For an example with h = m, consider a triangle where D lies on the ray CB with CB = BD. Hence the smallest such value is α =. 8. Let M be the midpoint of the side AC of a triangle ABC and let H be the foot point of the altitude from B. Let P and Q be the orthogonal projections of A and C on the bisector of angle B. Prove that the four points M, H, P and Q lie on the same circle. 4

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