ISI-2009

Manjil P. Saikia 10 May 2009

Abstract
The Indian Statistical Institute held its undergraduate admission test for B.Math degree courses on 10 May 2009. The test comprises of two papers each of two hour duration. Here we give below the 10 questions asked in the second paper.

1. Given three non-zero real numbers x; y; z and three complex numbers ; ; satisfying j j=j j=j j= 1. Also if x + y + z = 0 = x + y + Z , then prove that = = . 2.

Prove that any root of the equation x(x +1)(x +2) ¡ ¡ ¡ (x +2009) = c can have at most multiplicity 2. Determine the number of values of 'c' for which the equation has a root of multiplicity 2.
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Write an for the sequence 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 11; 12; ¡ ¡ ¡ formed by the natural numbers not containing the digit 0. By comparing with a geometric series prove that n a1n < 90. Find out the values of x and y for which x2 + y 2 is minimum when (x + 5)2 + (y   12)2 = 142 .
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If p is a prime greater than 5 where by p it leaves a remainder 1.
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= 0:a1 a2 a3 ¡ ¡ ¡ ar a1 ¡ ¡ ¡ then prove that when 10r is divided

6. If ab   cd is a real number not equal to zero and if b1 and b2 are multiples of (ab   cd) then prove that there exists two x; y such that ax + by = b1 and cx + dy = b2 are both satis ed.

If the area of a triangle is M , then nd the maximum area of an inscribed rectangle in the triangle in terms of M .
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In how many ways can you colour the faces of a cube with six di erent colours, if all the faces are to have a di erent colour?
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If f (x) = ax2 + bx + c, where a; b; c are non zero real numbers and if f ( 1); f (0); f (1) belong to [ 1:1] then prove that j f (x) j also belongs to the interval [ 1; 1].
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If a; b; c are three odd integers then prove that ax2 + bx + c = 0 cannot have a rational root.

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