Contents

1 International Mathematics Olympiad 8
1.1 1
st
IMO, Romania, 1959 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
1.2 2
nd
IMO, Romania, 1960 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
1.3 3
rd
IMO, Hungary, 1961 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
1.4 4
th
IMO, Czechoslovakia, 1962 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
1.5 5
th
IMO, Poland, 1963 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
1.6 6
th
IMO, USSR, 1964 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
1.7 7
th
IMO, West Germany, 1965 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
1.8 8
th
IMO, Bulgaria, 1966 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
1.9 9
th
IMO, Yugoslavia, 1967 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
1.10 10
th
IMO, USSR, 1968 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
1.11 11
th
IMO, Romania, 1969 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
1.12 12
th
IMO, Hungary, 1970 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
1.13 13
th
IMO, Czechoslovakia, 1971 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
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2 CONTENTS
1.14 14
th
IMO, USSR, 1972 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
1.15 15
th
IMO, USSR, 1973 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
1.16 16
th
IMO, West Germany, 1974 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
1.17 17
th
IMO, Bulgaria, 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
1.18 18
th
IMO, Austria, 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
1.19 19
th
IMO, Yugoslavia, 1977 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
1.20 20
th
IMO, Romania, 1978 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
1.21 21
st
IMO, United Kingdom, 1979 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
1.22 22
nd
IMO, Washington, USA, 1981 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
1.23 23
rd
IMO, Budapest, Hungary, 1982 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
1.24 24
th
IMO, Paris, France, 1983 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
1.25 25
th
IMO, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1984 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
1.26 26
th
IMO, Helsinki, Finland, 1985 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
1.27 27
th
IMO, Warsaw, Poland, 1986 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
1.28 28
th
IMO, Havana, Cuba , 1987 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
1.29 29
th
IMO, Camberra, Australia, 1988 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
1.30 30
th
IMO, Braunschweig, West Germany, 1989 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
1.31 31
st
IMO, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
1.32 32
nd
IMO, Sigtuna, Sweden, 1991 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
1.33 33
rd
IMO, Moscow, Russia, 1992 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
CONTENTS 3
1.34 34
th
IMO, Istambul, Turkey, 1993 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
1.35 35
th
IMO, Hong Kong, 1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
1.36 36
th
IMO, Toronto, Canada, 1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
1.37 37
th
IMO, Mumbai, India, 1996 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
1.38 38
th
IMO, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
1.39 39
th
IMO, Taipei, Taiwan, 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
1.40 40
th
IMO, Bucharest, Romania, 1999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
1.41 41
st
IMO, Taejon, South Korea, 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
1.42 42
nd
IMO, Washington DC, USA, 2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
1.43 43
rd
IMO, Glascow, United Kingdom, 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
1.44 44
th
IMO, Tokyo, Japan, 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
2 Iberoamerican Mathematics Olympiad 52
2.1 1
st
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Villa de Leyva, Colombia, 1985 . . . . . . . . 52
2.2 2
nd
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Salto y Paysand´ u, Uruguay, 1987 . . . . . . . 53
2.3 3
rd
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Lima, Per´ u, 1988 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
2.4 4
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, La Habana, Cuba, 1989 . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
2.5 5
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Valladolid, Spain, 1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
2.6 6
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, C´ ordoba, Argentina, 1991 . . . . . . . . . . . 57
2.7 7
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Caracas, Venezuela, 1992 . . . . . . . . . . . 58
2.8 8
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Ciudad de M´exico, M´exico, 1993 . . . . . . . 59
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2.9 9
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Fortaleza, Cear´ a, Brazil, 1994 . . . . . . . . . 60
2.10 10
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Region V, Chile, 1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
2.11 11
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Limon, Costa Rica, 1996 . . . . . . . . . . . 62
2.12 12
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Guadalajara, M´exico, 1997 . . . . . . . . . . 64
2.13 13
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Puerto Plata, Rep´ ublica Domincana, 1998 . 65
2.14 14
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, La Habana, Cuba, 1999 . . . . . . . . . . . 66
2.15 15
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, M´erida, Venezuela, 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . 67
2.16 16
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Minas, Uruguay, 2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
2.17 17
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, San Salvador, El Salvador, 2002 . . . . . . . 69
2.18 18
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2003 . . . . . . . . 70
3 William Lowell Putnam Competition 73
3.1 46
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1985 . . . . . . . . . . . 73
3.2 47
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1986 . . . . . . . . . . . 75
3.3 48
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1987 . . . . . . . . . . . 77
3.4 49
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1988 . . . . . . . . . . . 79
3.5 50
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1989 . . . . . . . . . . . 81
3.6 51
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1990 . . . . . . . . . . . 83
3.7 52
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1991 . . . . . . . . . . . 85
3.8 53
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1992 . . . . . . . . . . . 87
3.9 54
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1993 . . . . . . . . . . . 89
CONTENTS 5
3.10 55
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1994 . . . . . . . . . . . 91
3.11 56
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1995 . . . . . . . . . . . 92
3.12 57
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1996 . . . . . . . . . . . 94
3.13 58
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1997 . . . . . . . . . . . 96
3.14 59
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . 98
3.15 60
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 1999 . . . . . . . . . . . 99
3.16 61
st
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
3.17 62
nd
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 2001 . . . . . . . . . . . 103
3.18 63
rd
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . 104
3.19 64
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition, 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . 106
4 Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiads 109
4.1 1
st
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1989 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
4.2 2
nd
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
4.3 3
rd
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1991 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
4.4 4
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1992 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
4.5 5
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1993 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
4.6 6
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
4.7 7
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
4.8 8
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1996 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
4.9 9
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
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4.10 10
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
4.11 11
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
4.12 12
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
4.13 13
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
4.14 14
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
4.15 15
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
4.16 15
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
5 USA Mathematical Olympiad 123
5.1 18
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1989 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
5.2 19
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
5.3 20
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1991 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
5.4 21
st
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1992 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
5.5 22
nd
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1993 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
5.6 23
rd
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
5.7 24
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
5.8 25
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1996 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
5.9 26
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
5.10 27
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
5.11 28
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
5.12 29
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
CONTENTS 7
5.13 30
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
5.14 31
st
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
5.15 32
nd
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
5.16 33
rd
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
6 Canadian Mathematical Olympiad 138
6.1 30
th
Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
6.2 31
st
Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, 1999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
6.3 32
nd
Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
6.4 33
rd
Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, 2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
6.5 34
th
Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
6.6 35
th
Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
6.7 36
th
Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, 2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Chapter 1
International Mathematics Olympiad
1.1 1
st
IMO, Romania, 1959
1. Prove that the fraction
21n + 4
14n + 3
is irreductible for every natural number n
2. For what real values of x is

x +

2x −1 +

x −

2x −1 = A
given (a) A =

2, (b) A = 1, (c) A = 2, where only non-negative real numbers are
admitted for square roots?
3. Let a, b, c be real numbers. Consider the quadratic equation in cos x: a cos
2
x +
b cos x + c = 0. Using the numbers a, b and c, form a quadratic ecuation in cos 2x,
whose roots are the same as those of the original ecuation. Compare the ecuations
in cos x and cos 2x for a = 4, b = 2 and c = −1
4. Construct a right triangle with hypotenuse c such that the median drawn to the
hypotenuse is the geometric mean of the two legs of the triangle.
5. An arbitrary point M is selected in the interior of the segment AB. The squares
AMCD and MBEF are constructed on the same side of AB, sith the segments AM
and MB as their respective bases. The circles circumscribed abut these squares,
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ND
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with centers P and Q intersect at M and also at another point N. Let N
t
denote the
intersection of the straight lines AF and BC.
(a) Prove that the points N and N
t
coinside.
(b) Prove that the straight lines MN pass throught a fixed point S independent of
the choice of M.
(c) Find the locus of the midpoints of the the segment PQ as M varies between A
and B.
6. Two planes, P and Q, intersect along the line p. The point A is given in the plane
P, and the point C in the plane Q; neither of these points lies on the straight line p.
Construct an isosceles trapezoid ABCD (with AB parallel to CD) in which a circle
can be inscribed, and with vertices B and D lying in the planes P and Q respectively.
1.2 2
nd
IMO, Romania, 1960
1. Determine all three-digit numbers N having the property that N is divisible by 11,
and
N
11
is equal to the sum of the squares of the digits of N.
2. For what values of the variable x does the following inequality hold?
4x
2

1 −

1 + 2x

2
< 2x + 9
3. In a given right triangle ´ABC, the hypotenuse BC, of lenght a, is dividen into n
equal parts (n an odd integer). Let α be the acute angle subtending, from A, that
segment which contains the middle point of the hypotenuse. Let h be the lenght of
the altitude to the hypotenuse of the triangle. Prove:
tan α =
4nh
(n
2
−1) a
4. Construct a triangle ´ABC, given h
a
, h
b
(the altitudes fron A and B) and m
a
, the
median from vertex A.
5. Consider the cube ABCDA
t
B
t
C
t
D
t
(whith face ABCD directly above face A
t
B
t
C
t
D
t
).
(a) Find the locus of the midpoints of segment XY , where X is any point of AC
and Y is any point of B
t
D
t
.
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(b) Find the locus of points Z which lie on the segment XY of part (a) with ZY =
2XZ.
6. Considere a cone of revolution with an inscribed sphere tangent to the base of the
cone. A cylinder is circumscribed about this sphere so that one of its bases lies in
the base of the cone. Let V
1
be the volume of the cone and V
2
the volumen of the
cilinder.
(a) Prove that V
1
= V
2
.
(b) Find the smallest number k for which V
1
= kV
2
, for this case, construct the
angle subtended by a diameter of the base of the cone at the vertex of the cone.
7. An isosceles trapezoid with bases a and c, and altitude h is given.
(a) On the axis of symmetry of this trapezoid, find all points P such that both legs
of the trapezoid subtended right angles at P.
(b) Calculate the distance of P from either base.
(c) Determine under what conditions such points P actually exist. (Discuss varius
case that might arise)
1.3 3
rd
IMO, Hungary, 1961
1. Solve the system of equations:
x +y +z = a
x
2
+y
2
+z
2
= b
2
xy = z
2
where a and b are constants. Give the conditions that a and b must satisfy so that
x, y, z (the solutions of the system) are distinct positive numbers.
2. Let a, b, c the sides of a triangle, and T its area. Prove: a
2
+ b
2
+ c
2
≥ 4

3T. In
what case does the equality hold?
3. Solve the equation cos
n
x −sin
n
x = 1, where n is a natural number.
4. Consider the triangle ´P
1
P
2
P
3
and a point P within the triangle. Lines PP
1
, PP
2
,
PP
3
intersect the opposite side in points Q
1
, Q
2
, Q
3
respectively. Prove that, of the
numbers
P
1
P
PQ
1
,
P
2
P
PQ
2
,
P
3
P
PQ
3
at least one is less than or equal to 2 and at least one is
grater than or equal to 2.
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5. Construct triangle ´ABC if AC = b, AB = c and AMB = ω, where M is the
midpoint of the segment BC and ω < 90

. Prove that a solution exists and only if
b tan
ω
2
≥ c < b. In what case does the equality hold?
6. Considere a plane ε and three non-collinear points A, B, C on the same side of ε;
suppose the plane determined by these three points is not parallel to ε. In plane a take
three arbitrary points A
t
, B
t
, C
t
. Let L, M, N be the midpoints of segments AA
t
,
BB
t
, CC
t
; let G the centroid of triangle ´LMN (We will not considere positions of
A
t
, B
t
, C
t
such that the points L, M, N do not form a triangle) What is the locus of
point G as A
t
, B
t
, C
t
range independently over the plane ε?
1.4 4
th
IMO, Czechoslovakia, 1962
1. Find the smallest natural number n which has the following properties:
(a) Its decimal representation has 6 as the last digit.
(b) If the last digit 6 is erased and placed in front of the remaining digits, the
resulting number is four times as large as the original number n
2. Determine all real number x which satisfy the inequality:

3 −x −

x + 1 >
1
2
3. Consider the cube ABCDA
t
B
t
C
t
D
t
(ABCD and A
t
B
t
C
t
D
t
are the upper and lower
bases, respectively, and edges AA
t
, BB
t
, CC
t
, DD
t
are parallel) The point X moves
at constant speed along the perimeterof the square ABCD in the direction ABCDA,
and the point Y moves at the same rate along the perimeter of the square B
t
C
t
CB
in the direction B
t
C
t
CBB
t
. Points X and Y begin their motion at the same instant
from the starting position A and B
t
, respectively. Determine and draw the locus of
the midpoints of the segment XY .
4. Solve the ecuation cos
2
x + cos
2
2x + cos
2
3x = 1
5. On the circle K there are given three distinct points A, B, C. Construct (using only
straightedge and compasses) a fourth point D on K such that a circle can be inscribed
in the cuadrilateral thus obtained.
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6. Considere an isosceles triangle. let r be the radius of its circumscribed circle and ρ
the radius of its inscribed circle. Prove that the distance d between the centers of
these two circles is
d =

r (r −2ρ)
7. The tetrahedon SABC has the following propoerty: there exists five spheres, each
tangent to the edges SA, SB, SC, BC, CA, AB or their extentions.
(a) Prove that the tetrahedron SABC is regular.
(b) Prove conversely that for every regular tetrahedron five such spheres exist.
1.5 5
th
IMO, Poland, 1963
1. Find all real roots of the equation

x
2
−p +2

x
2
−1 = x, where p is a real param-
eter.
2. Point A and segment BC are given. Determine the locus of points in space which
are vertices of right angles with one side passing throught A, and the other side
intersecting the segment BC.
3. In an n−gon all of whose interior angles are equal, the lenght of consecutive sides
satisfy the relation a
1
≥ a
2
≥ ≥ a
n
. Prove that a
1
= a
2
= = a
n
.
4. Find all solution x
1
, x
2
, x
3
, x
4
, x
5
of the system
(1) x
5
+x
2
= yx
1
(2) x
1
+x
3
= yx
2
(3) x
2
+x
4
= yx
3
(4) x
3
+x
5
= yx
4
(5) x
4
+x
1
= yx
5
where y is a parameter
5. Prove that
cos
π
7
−cos

7
+ cos

7
=
1
2
6. Five students, A, B, C, D, E, took part in a contest. One prediction was that
contestants would finish in the order ABCDE. This prediction was very poor. In fact
no contestant finished in the position predicted, and no two contestants predicted to
finish consecutively actually did so. A second prediction has the contestants finishing
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TH
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in the order DAECB. This prediction was better. Exactly two of the contestants
finished in the places predicted, and two disjoint pairs of students predicted to finish
consecutively actually did so. Determine the order in which the contestants finished.
1.6 6
th
IMO, USSR, 1964
1. (a) Find all positive integers n for which 2
n
−1 is divisible by 7.
(b) Prove that there is not positive integer n such that 2
n
+ 1 is dibisible by 7.
2. Let a, b, c be the sides of a triangle. Prove that
a
2
(b +c −a) +b
2
(c +a −b) +c
2
(a +b −c) ≤ 3abc
3. A circle is inscribed in triangle ´ABC with sides a, b, c. Tangents to the circle
parallel to the sides of the triangle are constructed. Each of these tangents cuts off a
triangle from ´ABC. In each of these triangle, a circle is inscribed. Find the sum
of the areas of all four inscribed circles (in terms of a, b, c)
4. Seventeen people correspond by mail with one another, each one with all the rest.
In their letters only three different topics are discussed. Each pair of correspondent
deals with only one of these topics. Prove that there are at least three people who
write to each other about the same topic.
5. Suppose five points in a plane are situated so that no two of the straight lines joining
the other four points. Determine the maximum number of intersections that these
perpendiculars can have.
6. In tetrahedron ABCD, vertex D is connected with D
0
the centroid of ´ABC. Lines
parallel to DD
0
are drawn through A, B and C. These lines intersect the planes
BCD, CAD and ABD in points A
1
, B
1
and C
1
, respectively. Prove that the volume
of ABCD is one third the volume of A
1
B
1
C
1
D
0
. Is the result true if point D
0
is
selected anywhere within ´ABC?
1.7 7
th
IMO, West Germany, 1965
1. Determine all value x in the interval 0 ≤ x ≤ 2π which satisfy the inequality
2 cos x ≤


1 + sin 2x −

1 −sin 2x



2
14 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
2. Consider the system of equations
a
11
x
1
+a
12
x
2
+a
13
x
3
= 0
a
21
x
1
+a
22
x
2
+a
23
x
3
= 0
a
31
x
1
+a
32
x
2
+a
33
x
3
= 0
with unknowns x
1
, x
2
, x
3
. The coefficient satisfy the conditions:
(a) a
11
, a
22
, a
33
are positive numbers;
(b) the remaining coefficients are negative numbers;
(c) in each equation, the sum of the coefficient is positive .
Prove that the given system has only the solution x
1
= x
2
= x
3
= 0.
3. Given the tetrahedron ABCD whose edges AB and CD have lenght a and b respec-
tively. The distance between the skew lines AB and CD is d, and the angle between
them is ω. Tetrahedron ABCD is divided into two solid by plane ε, parallel to lines
AB and CD. The ratio of the distances of ε from AB and CD is equal to k. Compute
the ratio of the volumes of the two solids obtained.
4. Find all sets of four real numbers x
1
, x
2
, x
3
, x
4
such that the sum of any one and
the product of the other three is equal to 2.
5. Consider ´OAB with acute angle AOB. Through a point M = O perpendiculars
are dawn to OA and OB, the feet of which are P and Q respectively. The point of
intersection of the altitudes of ´OPQ is H. What is the locus of H if M is permitted
to range over
(a) the side AB?
(b) the interior of ´OAB?
6. In a plane a set of n points (n ≥ 3) is given. Each pair of points is connected by a
segment. Let d be the length of the longest of these segment. We define a diameter of
the set to be any connecting segment of length d. Prove that the number of diameters
of the given set is at most n.
1.8 8
th
IMO, Bulgaria, 1966
1. In a mathematical contest, three problems, A, B, C were posed. Among the par-
ticipants there were 25 students who solved at least one problem each. Of all the
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TH
IMO, YUGOSLAVIA, 1967 15
contestants who did not solve problem A, the number who solved B was twice the
number who solved C. The number of students who solved only problem A was one
more than the number of students who solved A and at least one other problem. How
many students solved only problem B?
2. Let a, b, c be the lengths of the sides of a triangle and α, β, γ, respectively, the
angles opposite these sides. Prove tat if a +b = tan
γ
2
(a tanα +b tan β), the triangle
is isosceles.
3. Prove: The sum of the distances of the vertices of a regular tetrahedron from the
centre of its circumscribed sphere is less than the sum of the distances of these vertices
from any other poin in space.
4. Prove that for every natural number n, and for every real number x =

2
t
(t any
non-negative integer and k any integer),
1
sin 2x
+
1
sin 4x
+ +
1
sin 2
n
x
= cot x −cot 2
n
x
5. Solve the system of equations
[a
1
−a
2
[x
2
+ [a
1
−a
3
[x
3
+ [a
1
−a
4
[x
4
= 1
[a
2
−a
1
[x
2
+ [a
2
−a
3
[x
3
+ [a
2
−a
4
[x
4
= 1
[a
3
−a
1
[x
1
+ [a
3
−a
2
[x
2
+ [a
3
−a
4
[x
4
= 1
[a
4
−a
1
[x
1
+ [a
4
−a
2
[x
2
+ [a
4
−a
3
[x
3
= 1
where a
1
, a
2
, a
3
, a
4
are four different real numbers.
6. In the interior of sides BC, CA, AB of triangle ´ABC, any points K, L, M, respec-
tively, are selected. Prove that the area of at least one of the triangle ´AML, ´BKM, ´CLK
is less than or equal to one quarter of the area of ´ABC
1.9 9
th
IMO, Yugoslavia, 1967
1. Let ABCD be a parallelogram with side lengths AB = a, AD = 1, and with BAD =
α. If ´ABD is acute, prove that the four circles of radius 1 with centers A, B, C, D
cover the parallelogram if and only if a ≤ cos α +

3 sin α.
2. Prove that if one and only one edge of a tetrahedron is greater than 1, then its volume
is smaller than or equal to
1
8
16 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
3. Let k, m, n be natural numbers such that m +k + 1 is a prime greater than n + 1.
Let c
s
= s (s + 1). Prove that the product (c
m+1
−c
k
) (c
m+2
−c
k
) (c
m+n
−c
k
) is
divisible by the product c
1
c
2
c
n
.
4. Let ´A
0
B
0
C
0
and ´A
1
B
1
C
1
be any two acute-angled triangles. Consider all triangles
´ABC that are similar to ´A
1
B
1
C
1
and circumscribed about triangle ´A
0
B
0
C
0
(where A
0
lies on BC, B
0
on CA and C
0
on AB) Of all such triangles, determine the
one with maximum area, and construct it.
5. Consider the sequence ¦c
n
¦, where
c
1
= a
1
+ a
2
+ + a
8
c
2
= a
2
1
+ a
2
2
+ + a
2
8
.
.
.
c
n
= a
n
1
+ a
n
2
+ + a
n
8
.
.
.
in which a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
8
are real numbers not all equal to zero. Suppose that an infinite
number of terms of the sequence ¦c
n
¦ are equal to zero. Find all natural numbers for
which c
n
= 0.
6. In a sport contest, there were m medals awarded on n successive days (n > 1). On
the first day, one medal and
1
7
of the remaining medals were awarded. On the second
day, two medals and
1
7
of the now remaining medals were awarded; and so on. On
the n-th and last day, the remaining n medals were awarded. How many days did
the contest last. and how many medals were awarded altogether?
1.10 10
th
IMO, USSR, 1968
1. Prove that there is one and only one triangle whose side lengths are consecutive
integers, and one of whose angles is twice as large as another.
2. Find all natural numbers x such that the product of their digits (in decimal notation)
is equal to x
2
−10x −22.
1.10. 10
TH
IMO, USSR, 1968 17
3. Consider the system of equations:
ax
2
1
+ bx
1
+ c = x
2
ax
2
2
+ bx
2
+ c = x
3
.
.
.
ax
2
n−1
+ bx
n−1
+ c = x
n
ax
2
n
+ bx
n
+ c = x
1
with unknowns x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
, where a, b, c are real and a = 0. Let ´ = (b −1)
2

4ac. Prove that for this system
(a) If ´ < 0, ther is no solution,
(b) If ´ = 0, ther is exactly one solution,
(c) If ´ > 0, ther is more than one solution.
4. Prove than in every tetrahedon there is a vertex such that the three edges meeting
there have lengths which are the sides of a triangle.
5. Let f be a real-valued function defined for all real numbers x such that, for some
positive constant a, the equation
f (x +a) =
1
2
+

f (x) −[f (x)]
2
holds for all x
(a) Prove that the function f is periodic (i.e. there exists a positive number b such
that f (x +b) = f (x) for all x)
(b) For a = 1, give an example of a non-constant function with the requiered prop-
erties.
6. For every natural number n, evaluate the sum

¸
k=0
¸
n + 2
k
2
k+1
¸
=
¸
n + 1
2
¸
+
¸
n + 2
4
¸
+ +
¸
n + 2
k
2
k+1
¸
+
(the symbol x| denotes the greatest integer not exceding x).
18 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
1.11 11
th
IMO, Romania, 1969
1. Prove that there are infinitely many numbers a with the following property: the
number z = n
4
+a is not prime for any natural number n.
2. Let a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
be real variable, and
f (x) = cos (a
1
+x) +
1
2
cos (a
2
+x) +
1
4
cos (a
3
+x) + +
1
2
n−1
cos (a
n
+x)
Given that f (x
1
) = f (x
2
) = 0, prove that x
2
−x
1
= mπ for some integer m.
3. For each value of k = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, find necessary and sufficient conditions on the
number a > 0 so that there exist a tetrahedron with k edges of length a, and the
remaining 6 −k edges of lenght 1.
4. A semicircular arc γ is drawn on AB as diameter. C is a point on γ other than A and
B, and D is the foot of the perpendicular from C to AB. We consider three circles
γ
1
, γ
2
, γ
3
, all tangent to the line AB. Of these, γ
1
is inscrived in ´ABC, while γ
2
and γ
3
are both tangent to CD and to γ, one on each side of CD. Prove that γ
1
, γ
2
and γ
3
have a second tangent in common.
5. Given n > 4 points in the plane such that no three are collinear. Prove that there
are at least

n−3
2

convex quadrilaterals whose vertices are four of the given points.
6. Prove that for all real numbers x
1
, x
2
, y
1
, y
2
, z
1
, z
2
with x
1
> 0, x
2
> 0, x
1
y
1
−z
2
1
>
0, x
2
y
2
−z
2
2
> 0, the inequality
8
(x
1
+x
2
) (y
1
+y
2
) −(z
1
+z
2
)
2

1
x
1
y
1
−z
2
1
+
1
x
2
y
2
−z
2
2
is satisfied. Give necessary and sufficient conditions for equality.
1.12 12
th
IMO, Hungary, 1970
1. Let M be a point on the sede AB of ´ABC. Let r
1
, r
2
and r be the radii of the
inscribed circles of the triangles ´AMC, ´BMC and ´ABC. Let q
1
, q
2
and q be
the radii of the excribed circles of the same triangles that lie in the angle ´ACB.
Prove that
r
1
q
1

r
2
q
2
=
r
q
1.12. 12
TH
IMO, HUNGARY, 1970 19
2. Let a, b and n be integers greater than 1, and let a and b be the two bases of two
number systems. A
n−1
and A
n
are numbers in the system with base a and B
n−1
and
B
n
are numbers in the system with base b; these are related as follows:
A
n
= x
n
x
n−1
x
0
A
n−1
= x
n−1
x
n−2
x
0
B
n
= x
n
x
n−1
x
0
B
n−1
= x
n−1
x
n−2
x
0
such that x
n
= 0 and x
n−1
= 0
1
. Prove that
A
n−1
A
n
<
B
n−1
B
n
⇒ ⇐ a > b
3. The real numbers a
0
, a
1
, . . . , a
n
, . . . satisfy the condition 1 = a
0
≤ a
1
≤ a
2
≤ ≤
a
n
≤ . The numbers b
1
, b
2
, . . . , b
n
, . . . are defined by
b
n
=
n
¸
k=1

1 −
a
k−1
a
k

1

a
k
(a) Prove that 0 ≤ b
n
< 2 for all n.
(a) Given c with 0 ≤ c < 2, prove that there exist numbers a
0
, a
1
, . . . such that
b
n
> c for large enough n.
4. Find the set of all positive integers n with the property that the set ¦n, n + 1, n +
2, n + 3, n + 4, n + 5¦ can be partitioned into sets such that the product of the
numbers in one set equals the product of the numbers in the other set
5. In the tetrahedron ABCD, the angle BDC is a right angle. Suppose that the foot
H of the perpendicular from D to the plane ABC is the intersection of the altitudes
of ´ABC. Prove that
(AB +BC +CA)
2
≤ 6

AD
2
+BD
2
+CD
2

For what tetrahedra does equality hold?
6. In the plane are 100 points, no three of them are collinear. Consider all posible
triangles having these points as vertices. Prove that no more than 70% of these
triangles are acute-angled.
1
The x
i
’s are the digits in the respective bases, and of course, all of them are lower than the lowest base
20 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
1.13 13
th
IMO, Czechoslovakia, 1971
1. Prove that the following assertion is true for n = 3 and n = 5, and that it is false
for every other natural number n > 2. If a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
are arbitrary real numbers,
then:
(a
1
−a
2
) (a
1
−a
3
) (a
1
−a
n
) + (a
2
−a
1
) (a
2
−a
3
) (a
2
−a
n
)
+ + (a
n
−a
1
) (a
n
−a
2
) (a
n
−a
n−1
) ≤ 0
2. Consider a convex polyhedron P
1
with nine vertices A
1
A
2
, ..., A
9
; let P
i
be the poly-
hedron obtained from P
1
by a translation that moves vertex A
1
to A
i
(i = 2, 3, ..., 9).
Provethat at least two of the polyhedra P
1
, P
2
, ..., P
9
have an interiorpoint in common.
3. Prove that the set of integers of the form 2
k
− 3(k = 2, 3, ...) contains an infinite
subset in which every two members are relatively prime.
4. All the faces of tetrahedron ABCD are acute-angled triangles. We consider all closed
polygonal paths of the form XY ZTX defined as follows: X is a point on edge AB
distinct from A and B; similarly, Y, Z, T are interior points of edges BCCD, DA,
respectively. Prove:
(a) If DAB +BCD = CDA+ABC, then among thepolygonal paths, there is
none of minimal length.
(b) If DAB + BCD = CDA + ABC, then there areinfinitely many shortest
polygonal paths, their common length being 2AC sin(α/2), where α = BAC +
CAD +DAB.
5. Prove that for every natural number m, there exists a finite set S of points in a plane
with the following property: For every point A in S, there are exactly m points in S
which are at unit distance from A.
6. Let A = (a
ij
)(i, j = 1, 2, ..., n) be a square matrix whose elements are non-negative
integers. Suppose that whenever an element a
ij
= 0, the sum of the elements in the
ith row and the jth column is ≥ n. Prove that the sum of all the elements of the
matrix is ≥ n
2
/2.
1.14 14
th
IMO, USSR, 1972
1. Prove that from a set of ten distinct two-digit numbers (in the decimalsystem), it is
possible to select two disjoint subsets whose members havethe same sum.
1.15. 15
TH
IMO, USSR, 1973 21
2. Prove that if n ≥ 4, every quadrilateral that can be inscribed in acircle can be
dissected into n quadrilaterals each of which is inscribablein a circle.
3. Let m and n be arbitrary non-negative integers. Prove that
(2m)!(2n)!
m!n!(m +n)!
is an integer. (0! = 1)
4. Find all solutions (x
1
, x
2
, x
3
, x
4
, x
5
) of the system of inequalities
(x
2
1
−x
3
x
5
)(x
2
2
−x
3
x
5
) ≤ 0
(x
2
2
−x
4
x
1
)(x
2
3
−x
4
x
1
) ≤ 0
(x
2
3
−x
5
x
2
)(x
2
4
−x
5
x
2
) ≤ 0
(x
2
4
−x
1
x
3
)(x
2
5
−x
1
x
3
) ≤ 0
(x
2
5
−x
2
x
4
)(x
2
1
−x
2
x
4
) ≤ 0
where x
1
, x
2
, x
3
, x
4
, x
5
are positive real numbers.
5. Let f and g be real-valued functions defined for all real values of xand y, and satisfying
the equation
f(x +y) +f(x −y) = 2f(x)g(y)
for all x, y. Prove that if f(x) is not identically zero, and if [f(x)[ ≤ 1 for all x, then
[g(y)[ ≤ 1 for all y.
6. Given four distinct parallel planes, prove that there exists a regular tetrahedron with
a vertex on each plane.
1.15 15
th
IMO, USSR, 1973
1. Point O lies on line g;
−−→
OP
1
,
−−→
OP
2
, . . . ,
−−→
OP
n
are unit vectors such that points P
1
, P
2
, ..., P
n
all lie in a plane containing g and on one side of g. Prove that if n is odd,

−−→
OP
1
+
−−→
OP
2
+ +
−−→
OP
n

≥ 1
Here

−−→
OM

denotes the length of vector
−−→
OM.
22 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
2. Determine whether or not there exists a finite set M of points in spacenot lying in
the same plane such that, for any two points A and B of M,one can select two other
points C and D of M so that lines AB and CD are parallel and not coincident.
3. Let a and b be real numbers for which the equation
x
4
+ax
3
+bx
2
+ax + 1 = 0
has at least one real solution. For all such pairs (a, b), find the minimum value of
a
2
+b
2
.
4. A soldier needs to check on the presence of mines in a region having theshape of an
equilateral triangle. The radius of action of his detector isequal to half the altitude of
the triangle. The soldier leaves from one vertex of the triangle. What path should he
follow in order to travel the least possible distance and still accomplish his mission?
5. G is a set of non-constant functions of the real variable x of the form f(x) = ax+b, a
and b are real numbers, and G has the following properties:
(a) If f and g are in G, then g ◦ f is in G; here (g ◦ f)(x) = g[f(x)].
(b) If f is in G, then its inverse f
−1
is in G; here the inverse of f(x) = ax + b is
f
−1
(x) = (x −b)/a.
(c) For every f in G, there exists a real number x
f
such that f(x
f
) = x
f
.
Prove that there exists a real number k such that f(k) = k for all f in G.
6. Let a
1
, a
2
, ..., a
n
be n positive numbers, and let q be a givenreal number such that
0 < q < 1. Find n numbers b
1
, b
2
, ..., b
n
forwhich
(a) a
k
< b
k
for k = 1, 2, , n,
(b) q <
b
k+1
b
k
<
1
q
for k = 1, 2, ..., n −1,
(c) b
1
+b
2
+ +b
n
<
1+q
1−q
(a
1
+ a
2
+ +a
n
).
1.16 16
th
IMO, West Germany, 1974
1. Three players A, B and C play the following game: On each of three cardsan integer
is written. These three numbers p, q, r satisfy 0 < p < q < r. Thethree cards are
shuffled and one is dealt to each player. Each then receivesthe number of counters
indicated by the card he holds. Then the cards areshuffled again; the counters remain
with the players.
1.17. 17
TH
IMO, BULGARIA, 1975 23
This process (shuffling, dealing, giving out counters) takes place for at least two
rounds. After the last round, A has 20 counters in all, B has 10 and C has 9. At the
last round B received r counters. Who received q counters on the first round?
2. In the triangle ´ABC prove that there is a point D on side AB suchthat CD is the
geometric mean of AD and DB if and only if
sin Asin B ≤ sin
2
C
2
.
3. Prove that the number
¸
n
k=0

2n+1
2k+1

2
3k
is not divisible by 5 for any integer n ≥ 0.
4. Consider decompositions of an 8 8 chessboard into p non-overlapping rectangles
subject to the following conditions:
(i) Each rectangle has as many white squares as black squares.
(ii) If a
i
is the number of white squares in the i-th rectangle, then a
1
< a
2
< < a
p
.
Find the maximum value of p for which such a decomposition is possible. For this
value of p, determine all possible sequences a
1
, a
2
, , a
p
.
5. Determine all possible values of
S =
a
a +b +d
+
b
a +b +c
+
c
b +c +d
+
d
a +c +d
where a, b, c, d are arbitrary positive numbers.
6. Let P be a non-constant polynomial with integer coefficients. If n(P) isthe number
of distinct integers k such that (P(k))
2
= 1, prove that n(P) − deg(P) ≤ 2, where
deg(P) denotes the degree of the polynomial P.
1.17 17
th
IMO, Bulgaria, 1975
1. Let x
i
, y
i
(i = 1, 2, ..., n) be real numbers such that
x
1
≥ x
2
≥ ≥ x
n
and y
1
≥ y
2
≥ ≥ y
n
Prove that, if z
1
, z
2
, , z
n
is any permutation of y
1
, y
2
, , y
n
, then
n
¸
i=1
(x
i
−y
i
)
2

n
¸
i=1
(x
i
−z
i
)
2
24 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
2. Let a
1
, a
2
, a
3,
be an infinite increasing sequence of positive integers. Prove that for
every p ≥ 1 there are infinitely many a
m
which can be written in the form
a
m
= xa
p
+ya
q
with x, y positive integers and q > p.
3. On the sides of an arbitrary triangle ABC, triangles ABR, BCP, CAQ areconstructed
externally with CBP = CAQ = 45

, BCP = ACQ = 30

, ABR = BAR =
15

. Prove that QRP = 90

and QR = RP.
4. When 4444
4444
is written in decimal notation, the sum of its digits is A. Let B be
the sum of the digits of A. Find the sum of the digits of B. (A and B are written in
decimal notation.)
5. Determine, with proof, whether or not one can find 1975 points on the circumference
of a circle with unit radius such that the distance between any two of them is a
rational number.
6. Find all polynomials P, in two variables, with the following properties:
(i) for a positive integer n and all real t, x, y
P(tx, ty) = t
n
P(x, y)
(that is, P is homogeneous of degree n),
(ii) for all real a, b, c,
P(b +c, a) +P(c +a, b) +P(a +b, c) = 0
(iii) P(1, 0) = 1.
1.18 18
th
IMO, Austria, 1976
1. In a plane convex quadrilateral of area 32, the sum of the lengths of two opposite
sides and one diagonal is 16. Determine all possible lengths ofthe other diagonal.
2. Let P
1
(x) = x
2
− 2 and P
j
(x) = P
1
(P
j−1
(x)) for j = 2, 3, .Show that, for any
positive integer n, the roots of the equation P
n
(x) = x are real and distinct.
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IMO, YUGOSLAVIA, 1977 25
3. A rectangular box can be filled completely with unit cubes. If one places as many
cubes as possible, each with volume 2, in the box, so that their edges are parallel
to the edges of the box, one can fill exactly 40% ofthe box. Determine the possible
dimensions of all such boxes.
4. Determine, with proof, the largest number which is the product of positiveintegers
whose sum is 1976.
5. Consider the system of p equations in q = 2p unknowns x
1
, x
2
, , x
q
:
a
11
x
1
+a
12
x
2
+ +a
1q
x
q
= 0
a
21
x
1
+a
22
x
2
+ +a
2q
x
q
= 0

a
p1
x
1
+a
p2
x
2
+ +a
pq
x
q
= 0
with every coefficient a
ij
member of the set ¦−1, 0, 1¦. Prove that the system has a
solution (x
1
, x
2
, , x
q
) such that
(a) all x
j
(j = 1, 2, ..., q) are integers,
(b) there is at least one value of j for which x
j
= 0,
(c) [x
j
[ ≤ q(j = 1, 2, ..., q).
6. A sequence ¦u
n
¦ is defined by
u
0
= 2, u
1
= 5/2, u
n+1
= u
n
(u
2
n−1
−2) −u
1
for n = 1, 2,
Prove that for positive integers n,
[u
n
] = 2
[2
n
−(−1)
n
]/3
where [x] denotes the greatest integer ≤ x.
1.19 19
th
IMO, Yugoslavia, 1977
1. Equilateral triangles ´ABK, ´BCL, ´CDM, ´DAN are constructed inside the
square ABCD. Prove that the midpoints of the four segments KL, LM, MN, NK
and the midpoints of the eight segments AK, BK, BL, CL, CM, DM, DN, AN
are the twelve vertices of a regular dodecagon.
26 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
2. In a finite sequence of real numbers the sum of any seven successive terms is nega-
tive, and the sum of any eleven successive terms is positive.Determine the maximum
number of terms in the sequence.
3. Let n be a given integer > 2, and let V
n
be the set of integers 1+kn, where k = 1, 2, ....
A number m ∈ V
n
is called indecomposable in V
n
if there do not exist numbers
p, q ∈ V
n
such that pq = m. Prove that there exists a number r ∈ V
n
that can be
expressed as the product of elements indecomposable in V
n
in more than one way.
(Products which differ only in the order of their factors will be considered the same.)
4. Four real constants a, b, A, B are given, and
f(θ) = 1 −a cos θ −b sin θ −Acos 2θ −Bsin 2θ
Prove that if f(θ) ≥ 0 for all real θ, then
a
2
+b
2
≤ 2 and A
2
+B
2
≤ 1.
5. Let a and b be positive integers. When a
2
+ b
2
is divided by a + b,the quotient is q
and the remainder is r. Find all pairs (a, b) suchthat q
2
+r = 1977.
6. Let f(n) be a function defined on the set of all positive integers and having all its
values in the same set. Prove that if f(n + 1) > f(f(n)) for each positive integer n,
then f(n) = n for each n.
1.20 20
th
IMO, Romania, 1978
1. m and n are natural numbers with 1 ≤ m < n. In their decimal representations, the
last three digits of 1978
m
are equal, respectively, to the last three digits of 1978
n
.
Find m and n such that m +n has its least value.
2. P is a given point inside a given sphere. Three mutually perpendicular rays from P
intersect the sphere at points U, V, and W; Q denotes the vertex diagonally opposite
to P in the parallelepiped determined by PU, PV, and PW. Find the locus of Q for
all such triads of rays from P.
3. The set of all positive integers is the union of two disjoint subsets ¦f(1), f(2), ..., f(n), ...¦,
¦g(1), g(2), ..., g(n), ...¦, where
f(1) < f(2) < < f(n) <
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ST
IMO, UNITED KINGDOM, 1979 27
g(1) < g(2) < < g(n) <
and
g(n) = f(f(n)) + 1 for all n ≥ 1
Determine f(240).
4. In triangle ´ABC, AB = AC. A circle is tangent internally to thecircumcircle of
triangle ABC and also to sides AB, AC at P, Q, respectively. Prove that the
midpoint of segment PQ is the center of the incircle of triangle ´ABC.
5. Let ¦a
k
¦(k = 1, 2, 3, ..., n, ...) be a sequence of distinct positive integers. Prove that
for all natural numbers n,
n
¸
k=1
a
k
k
2

n
¸
k=1
1
k
6. An international society has its members from six different countries. The list of
members contains 1978 names, numbered 1, 2, ..., 1978. Prove that there is at least
one member whose number is the sum of thenumbers of two members from his own
country, or twice as large as the numberof one member from his own country.
1.21 21
st
IMO, United Kingdom, 1979
1. Let p and q be natural numbers such that
p
q
= 1 −
1
2
+
1
3

1
4
+ −
1
1318
+
1
1319
Prove that p is divisible by 1979.
2. A prism with pentagons A
1
A
2
A
3
A
4
A
5
and B
1
B
2
B
3
B
4
B
5
as top and bottom faces is
given. Each side of the two pentagons and each of the line-segments A
i
B
j
for all
i, j = 1, ..., 5, is colored either red or green. Every triangle whose vertices are vertices
of the prism and whose sides have all been colored has two sides of a different color.
Show that all 10 sides of the top and bottom faces are the same color.
3. Two circles in a plane intersect. Let A be one of the points of intersection. Starting
simultaneously from A two points move with constant speeds, each point travelling
along its own circle in the same sense. The two points return to A simultaneously
after one revolution. Prove that there is a fixed point P in the plane such that, at
any time, the distances from P to the moving points are equal.
28 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
4. Given a plane π, a point P in this plane and a point Q not in π, find all points R in
π such that the ratio (QP +PA)/QR is a maximum.
5. Find all real numbers a for which there exist non-negative real numbers x
1
, x
2
, x
3
, x
4
, x
5
satisfying the relations
5
¸
k=1
kx
k
= a,
5
¸
k=1
k
3
x
k
= a
2
,
5
¸
k=1
k
5
x
k
= a
3
6. Let A and E be opposite vertices of a regular octagon. A frog starts jumping at
vertex A. From any vertex of the octagon except E, it may jump to either of the two
adjacent vertices. When it reaches vertex E, the frog stops and stays there.. Let a
n
be the number of distinct paths of exactly n jumps ending at E. Prove that a
2n−1
= 0,
a
2n
=
1

2
(x
n−1
−y
n−1
), n = 1, 2, 3, ,
where x = 2 +

2 and y = 2 −

2
Note. A path of n jumps is a sequence of vertices (P
0
, ..., P
n
) such that
(i) P
0
= A, P
n
= E;
(ii) for every i, 0 ≤ i ≤ n −1, P
i
is distinct from E;
(iii) for every i, 0 ≤ i ≤ n −1, P
i
and P
i+1
are adjacent.
1.22 22
nd
IMO, Washington, USA, 1981
1. P is a point inside a given triangle ABC.D, E, F are the feet of the perpendiculars
from P to the lines BC, CA, AB respectively. Find all P for which
BC
PD
+
CA
PE
+
AB
PF
is least.
2. Let 1 ≤ r ≤ n and consider all subsets of r elements of theset ¦1, 2, ..., n¦. Each
of these subsets has a smallest member. Let F(n, r) denote the arithmetic mean of
these smallest numbers; prove that
F(n, r) =
n + 1
r + 1
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RD
IMO, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, 1982 29
3. Determine the maximum value of m
3
+ n
3
,where m and n are integers satisfying
m, n ∈ ¦1, 2, ..., 1981¦ and (n
2
−mn −m
2
)
2
= 1
4. (a) For which values of n > 2 is there a set of n consecutive positive integers such
that the largest number in the set is a divisor of the least common multiple of the
remaining n −1 numbers?
(b) For which values of n > 2 is there exactly one set having the stated property?
5. Three congruent circles have a common point O and lie inside a given triangle. Each
circle touches a pair of sides of the triangle. Prove that the incenter and the circum-
center of the triangle and the point O are collinear.
6. The function f(x, y) satisfies
(1) f(0, y) = y + 1,
(2)f(x + 1, 0) = f(x, 1),
(3) f(x + 1, y + 1) = f(x, f(x + 1, y)),
for all non-negative integers x, y. Determine f(4, 1981).
1.23 23
rd
IMO, Budapest, Hungary, 1982
1. The function f(n) is defined for all positive integers n and takes on non-negative
integer values. Also, for all m, n
f(m +n) −f(m) −f(n) = 0 or 1
f(2) = 0, f(3) > 0, and f(9999) = 3333
Determine f(1982).
2. A non-isosceles triangle A
1
A
2
A
3
is given with sides a
1
, a
2
, a
3
(a
i
is the side opposite
A
i
). For all i = 1, 2, 3, M
i
is the midpoint of side a
i
, and T
i
. is the pointwhere the
incircle touches side a
i
. Denote by S
i
the reflection of T
i
in the interior bisector of
angle A
i
. Prove that the lines M
1
, S
1
, M
2
S
2
, and M
3
S
3
are concurrent.
3. Consider the infinite sequences ¦x
n
¦ of positive real numbers with the following prop-
erties:
x
0
= 1, and for all i ≥ 0, x
i+1
≤ x
i
30 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
(a) Prove that for every such sequence, there is an n ≥ 1 such that
x
2
0
x
1
+
x
2
1
x
2
+ +
x
2
n−1
x
n
≥ 3.999
(b) Find such a sequence for which
x
2
0
x
1
+
x
2
1
x
2
+ +
x
2
n−1
x
n
< 4
4. Prove that if n is a positive integer such that the equation x
3
− 3xy
2
+ y
3
= n has
a solution in integers (x, y), then it has at least three suchsolutions. Show that the
equation has no solutions in integers when n = 2891
5. The diagonals AC and CE of the regular hexagon ABCDEF are divided by the
inner points M and N, respectively, so that
AM
AC
=
CN
CE
= r
Determine r if B, M, and N are collinear.
6. Let S be a square with sides of length 100, and let L be a path within S which does
not meet itself and which is composed of line segments A
0
A
1
, A
1
A
2
, , A
n−1
A
n
with
A
0
= A
n
. Suppose that for every point P of the boundary of S there is a point of L
at a distance from P not greater than 1/2. Prove that there are two points X and Y
in L such that the distance between X and Y is not greater than 1, and the length
of that part of L which lies between X and Y is not smaller than 198.
1.24 24
th
IMO, Paris, France, 1983
1. Find all functions f defined on the set of positive real numbers which take positive
real values and satisfy the conditions:
(i) f(xf(y)) = yf(x) for all positive x, y;
(ii) f(x) → 0 as x → ∞
2. Let A be one of the two distinct points of intersection of two unequal coplanar circles
C
1
and C
2
with centers O
1
and O
2
, respectively. One of the common tangents to the
circles touches C
1
at P
1
and C
2
at P
2
, while the other touches C
1
at Q
1
and C
2
at
Q
2
. Let M
1
be the midpoint of P
1
Q
1
,and M
2
be the midpoint of P
2
Q
2
. Prove that
O
1
AO
2
= M
1
AM
2
.
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TH
IMO, PRAGUE, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1984 31
3. Let a, b and c be positive integers, no two of which have a common divisor greater
than 1. Show that 2abc −ab −bc −ca is the largest integer which cannot be expressed
in the form xbc +yca +zab,where x, y and z are non-negative integers.
4. Let ABC be an equilateral triangle and c the set of all points contained in the three
segments AB, BC and CA (including A, B and C). Determine whether, for every
partition of c into two disjoint subsets, at least one of the two subsets contains the
vertices of a right-angled triangle. Justify your answer.
5. Is it possible to choose 1983 distinct positive integers, all less than or equal to 10
5
,
no three of which are consecutive terms of an arithmetic progression? Justify your
answer.
6. Let a, b and c be the lengths of the sides of a triangle. Prove that
a
2
b(a −b) +b
2
c(b −c) +c
2
a(c −a) ≥ 0
Determine when equality occurs.
1.25 25
th
IMO, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1984
1. Prove that
0 ≤ yz +zx +xy −2xyz ≤
7
27
where x, y and z arenon-negative real numbers for which x +y +z = 1.
2. Find one pair of positive integers a and b such that:
(i) ab(a +b) is not divisible by 7;
(ii) (a +b)
7
−a
7
−b
7
is divisible by 7
7
.
Justify your answer.
3. In the plane two different points O and A are given. For each point X of the plane,
other than O, denote by a(X) the measure of the angle between OA and OX in
radians, counterclockwise from OA(0 ≤ a(X) < 2π). Let C(X) be the circle with
center O and radius of length OX +a(X)/OX. Each point of the plane is colored by
one of a finite number ofcolors. Prove that there exists a point Y for which a(Y ) > 0
such that its color appears on the circumference of the circle C(Y ).
32 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
4. Let ABCD be a convex quadrilateral such that the line CD is a tangent to the circle
on AB as diameter. Prove that the line AB is a tangent to the circle on CD as
diameter if and only if the lines BC and AD are parallel.
5. Let d be the sum of the lengths of all the diagonals of a plane convex polygon with
n vertices (n > 3), and let p be its perimeter. Prove that
n −3 <
2d
p
<
¸
n
2
¸
n + 1
2

−2
where [x] denotes the greatest integer not exceeding x.
6. Let a, b, c and d be odd integers such that 0 < a < b < c < d and ad = bc. Prove that
if a +d = 2
k
and b +c = 2
m
for some integers k and m, then a = 1.
1.26 26
th
IMO, Helsinki, Finland, 1985
1. A circle has center on the side AB of the cyclic quadrilateral ABCD. The other three
sides are tangent to the circle. Prove that AD +BC = AB
2. Let n and k be given relatively prime natural numbers, k < n. Each number in the
set M = ¦1, 2, ..., n −1¦ is colored either blue or white. It is given that
(i) for each i ∈ M, both i and n −i have the same color;
(ii) for each i ∈ M, i = k both i and [i −k[ have the same color. Prove that all
numbers in M must have the same color.
3. For any polynomial P(x) = a
0
+a
1
x+ +a
k
x
k
with integer coefficients, the number
of coefficients which are odd is denoted by w(P). For i = 0, 1, ..., let Q
i
(x) = (1 +x)
i
.
Prove that if i
1
i
2
, ..., i
n
are integers such that 0 ≤ i
1
< i
2
< < i
n
then
w(Q
i
1
+Q
i
2
+ +Q
in
) ≥ w(Q
i
1
)
4. Given a set M of 1985 distinct positive integers, none of which has a prime divisor
greater than 26. Prove that M contains at least one subset of four distinct elements
whose product is the fourth power of an integer.
5. A circle with center O passes through the vertices A and C of triangle ABC and
intersects the segments AB and BC again at distinct points K and N, respectively.
The circumscribed circles of the triangles ´ABC and ´EBN intersect at exactly
two distinct points B and M. Provethat angle OMB is a right angle.
1.27. 27
TH
IMO, WARSAW, POLAND, 1986 33
6. For every real number x
1
, construct the sequence x
1
, x
2
, ... by setting
x
n+1
= x
n

x
n
+
1
n

for each n ≥ 1
Prove that there exists exactly one value of x
1
for which
0 < x
n
< x
n+1
< 1
for every n.
1.27 27
th
IMO, Warsaw, Poland, 1986
1. Let d be any positive integer not equal to 2, 5, or 13. Show that one canind distinct
a, b in the set ¦2, 5, 13, d¦ such that ab −1 is not perfect square.
2. A triangle ´A
1
A
2
A
3
and a point P
0
are given in the plane. We define A
s
= A
s−3
for
all s ≥ 4. We construct a set of points P
1
, P
2
, P
3
, . . . , such that P
k+1
is the image
of P
k
under a rotation withenter A
k+1
through angle 120

clockwise (for k = 0, 1,
2,ldots). Prove that if P
1986
= P
0
, then the triangle ´A
1
A
2
A
3
equilateral.
3. To each vertex of a regular pentagon an integer is assigned in such a way that the sum
of all five numbers is positive. If three consecutive vertices are assigned the numbers
x, y, z respectively and y < 0 then the following operation is allowed: the numbers
x, y, z are replaced by x +y, −y, z +y respectively. Such an operation is performed
repeatedly as long as at least one of the five numbers is negative. Determine whether
this procedure necessarily comes to and end after a finite number of steps.
4. Let A, B be adjacent vertices of a regular n-gon (n ≥ 5) in thelane having center at
O. A triangle XY Z, which is congruent to andnitially conincides with OAB, moves
in the plane in such a way that Y and Z each trace out the whole boundary of the
polygon, X remaining inside the polygon. Find the locus of X.
5. Find all functions f, defined on the non-negative real numbers and taking non-
negative real values, such that:
(i) f(xf(y))f(y) = f(x +y) for all x, y ≥ 0,
(ii) f(2) = 0,
(iii) f(x) = 0 for 0 ≤ x < 2.
34 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
6. One is given a finite set of points in the plane, each point having integeroordinates.
Is it always possible to color some of the points in the set rednd the remaining points
white in such a way that for any straight line Larallel to either one of the coordinate
axes the difference (in absolutealue) between the numbers of white point and red
points on L is not greaterhan 1?
1.28 28
th
IMO, Havana, Cuba , 1987
1. Let p
n
(k) be the number of permutations of the set ¦1, . . . , n¦, n ≥ 1, which have
exactly k fixed points. Prove that
n
¸
k=0
k p
n
(k) = n!
(Remark: A permutation f of a set S is a one-to-one mapping of S onto itself. An
element i in S is called a fixed point of the permutation f if f(i) = i.)
2. In an acute-angled triangle ´ABC the interior bisector of the angle A intersects
BC at L and intersects the circumcircle of ´ABC again at N. From point L per-
pendiculars are drawn to AB and AC, the feet of theseerpendiculars being K and M
respectively. Prove that the quadrilateral AKNM and the triangle ABC have equal
areas.
3. Let x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
be real numbers satisfying x
2
1
+x
2
2
+ + x
2
n
= 1. Prove that for
every integer k ≥ 2 there are integers a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
, not all 0, such that [a
i
[ ≤ k −1
For all i and
[a
1
x
1
+a
1
x
2
+ +a
n
x
n
[ ≤
(k −1)

n
k
n

4. Prove that there is no function f from the set of non-negative integers into itself such
that f(f(n)) = n + 1987 for every n.
5. Let n be an integer greater than or equal to 3. Prove that there is a set of n points
in the plane such that the distance between any two points is irrational and each set
of three points determines a non-degenerate triangle with rational area.
6. Let n be an integer greater than or equal to 2. Prove that if k
2
+ k +n is prime for
all integers k such that 0 ≤ k ≤

n
3
, then k
2
+k +n is prime for all integers k such
that 0 ≤ k ≤ n −2.
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IMO, CAMBERRA, AUSTRALIA, 1988 35
1.29 29
th
IMO, Camberra, Australia, 1988
1. Consider two coplanar circles of radii R and r (R > r) with the same center. Let P
be a fixed point on the smaller circle and B a variable point on the larger circle. The
line BP meets the larger circle again at C. The perpendicular l to BP at P meets
the smaller circle again at A. (If l is tangent to the circle at P then A = P.)
(i) Find the set of values of BC
2
+CA
2
+AB
2
.
(ii) Find the locus of the midpoint of BC.
2. Let n be a positive integer and let A
1
, A
2
, . . . , A
2n+1
be subsets of a set B. Suppose
that
(a) Each A
i
has exactly 2n elements,
(b) Each A
i
∩ A
j
(1 ≤ i < j ≤ 2n + 1) contains exactly one element, and
(c) Every element of B belongs to at least two of the A
i
.
For which values of n can one assign to every element of B one of the numbers 0 and
1 in such a way that A
i
has 0 assigned to exactly n of its elements?
3. A function f is defined on the positive integers by
f(1) = 1, f(3) = 3,
f(2n) = f(n),
f(4n + 1) = 2f(2n + 1) −f(n),
f(4n + 3) = 3f(2n + 1) −2f(n),
for all positive integers n.
Determine the number of positive integers n, less than or equal to 1988, for which
f(n) = n.
4. Show that set of real numbers x which satisfy the inequality
70
¸
k=1
k
x −k

5
4
is a union of disjoint intervals, the sum of whose lengths is 1988.
5. ´ABC is a triangle right-angled at A, and D is the foot of the altituderom A. The
straight line joining the incenters of the triangles ´ABD, ´ACD intersects the sides
AB, AC at the points K, L respectively. S and T denote the areas of the triangles
´ABC and ´AKL respectively.how that S ≥ 2T.
36 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
6. Let a and b be positive integers such that ab + 1 divides a
2
+b
2
. Show that
a
2
+b
2
ab + 1
is the square of an integer.
1.30 30
th
IMO, Braunschweig, West Germany, 1989
1. Prove that the set ¦1, 2, . . . , 1989¦ can be expressed as the disjoint union of subsets
A
i
(i = 1, 2, . . . , 117) such that:
(i) Each A
i
contains 17 elements;
(ii) The sum of all the elements in each A
i
is the same.
2. In an acute-angled triangle ABC the internal bisector of angle A meets their cumcircle
of the triangle again at A
1
. Points B
1
and C
1
are defined similarly. Let A
0
be the
point of intersection of the line AA
1
with the external bisectors of angles B and C.
Points B
0
and C
0
are defined similarly. Prove that:
(i) The area of the triangle A
0
B
0
C
0
is twice the area of the hexagon AC
1
BA
1
CB
1
.
(ii) The area of the triangle A
0
B
0
C
0
is at least four times the area of the triangle
ABC.
3. Let n and k be positive integers and let S be a set of n points in the plane such that
(i) No three points of S are collinear, and
(ii) For any point P of S there are at least k points of S equidistant from P.
Prove that:
k <
1
2
+

2n
4. Let ABCD be a convex quadrilateral such that the sides AB, AD, BC satisfy AB =
AD + BC. There exists a point P inside the quadrilateral at a distance h from the
line CD such that AP = h +AD and BP = h +BC. Show that:
1

h

1

AD
+
1

BC
5. Prove that for each positive integer n there exist n consecutive positive integers none
of which is an integral power of a prime number.
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6. A permutation (x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
m
) of the set ¦1, 2, . . . , 2n¦, where n is a positive integer,
is said to have property P if [x
i
− x
i+1
[ = n for at least one i in ¦1, 2, . . . , 2n − 1¦.
Show that, for each n, there are more permutations with property P than without.
38 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
1.31 31
st
IMO, Beijing, People’s Republic of China,
1990
1. Chords AB and CD of a circle intersect at a point E inside the circle. Let M be an
interior point of the segment EB. The tangent line at E to the circle through D, E,
and M intersects the lines BC and AC at F and G, respectively. If
AM
AB
= t,
find
EG
EF
in terms of t.
2. Let n ≥ 3 and consider a set E of 2n − 1 distinct points on a circle. Suppose that
exactly k of these points are to be colored black. Such a coloring is “good” if there
is at least one pair of black points such that the interior of one of the arcs between
them contains exactly n points from E. Find the smallest value of k so that every
such coloring of k points of E is good.
3. Determine all integers n > 1 such that
2
n
+ 1
n
2
is an integer.
4. Let Q
+
be the set of positive rational numbers. Construct a function f : Q
+
→ Q
+
such that
f(xf(y)) =
f(x)
y
for all x, y in Q
+
.
5. Given an initial integer n
0
> 1, two players, / and B, choose integers n
1
, n
2
, n
3
,
. . . alternately according to the following rules:
Knowing n
2k
, / chooses any integer n
2k+1
such that
n
2k
≤ n
2k+1
≤ n
2
2k
.
Knowing n
2k+1
, B chooses any integer n
2k+2
such that
n
2k+1
n
2k+2
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is a prime raised to a positive integer power.
Player / wins the game by choosing the number 1990; player B wins by choosing the
number 1. For which n
0
does:
(a) / have a winning strategy?
(b) B have a winning strategy?
(c) Neither player have a winning strategy?
6. Prove that there exists a convex 1990-gon with the following two properties:
(a) All angles are equal.
(b) The lengths of the 1990 sides are the numbers 1
2
, 2
2
, 3
2
, . . . , 1990
2
in some
order.
1.32 32
nd
IMO, Sigtuna, Sweden, 1991
1. Given a triangle ABC, let I be the center of its inscribed circle. The internal
bisectors of the angles A, B, C meet the opposite sides in A
t
, B
t
, C
t
respectively.
Prove that
1
4
<
AI BI CI
AA
t
BB
t
CC
t

8
27
2. Let n > 6 be an integer and a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
k
be all the natural numbers less than n
and relatively prime to n. If
a
2
−a
1
= a
3
−a
2
= = a
k
−a
k−1
> 0
prove that n must be either a prime number or a power of 2.
3. Let S = ¦1, 2, 3, . . . , 280¦. Find the smallest integer n such that each n-element
subset of S contains five numbers which are pairwise relatively prime.
4. Suppose G is a connected graph with k edges. Prove that it is possible to label
the edges 1, 2, . . . , k in such a way that at each vertex which belongs to two or more
edges, the greatest common divisor of the integers labeling those edges is equal to 1.
[A graph consists of a set of points, called vertices, together with a set of edges
joining certain pairs of distinct vertices. Each pair of vertices u, v belongs to at
most one edge. The graph G is connected if for each pair of distinct vertices x, y
there is some sequence of vertices x = v
0
, v
1
, v
2
, . . . , v
m
= y such that each pair
v
i
, v
i+1
(0 ≤ i < m) is joined by an edge of G.]
40 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
5. Let ´ABC be a triangle and P an interior point of ´ABC. Show that at least one
of the angles PAB, PBC, PCA is less than or equal to 30

.
6. An infinite sequence x
0
, x
1
, x
2
, . . . of real numbers is said to be bounded if there is a
constant C such that [x
i
[ ≤ C for every i ≥ 0.
Given any real number a > 1, construct a bounded infinite sequence x
0
, x
1
, x
2
, . . .
such that
[x
i
−x
j
[[i −j[
a
≥ 1
for every pair of distinct nonnegative integers i, j.
1.33 33
rd
IMO, Moscow, Russia, 1992
1. Find all integers a, b, c with 1 < a < b < c such that
(a −1)(b −1)(c −1) is a divisor of abc −1
2. Let R denote the set of all real numbers. Find all functions f : R → R such that
f

x
2
+f(y)

= y + (f(x))
2
forall x, y ∈ R
3. Consider nine points in space, no four of which are coplanar. Each pair of points is
joined by an edge (that is, a line segment) and each edge is either colored blue or red
or left uncolored. Find the smallest value of n such that whenever exactly n edges
are colored, the set of colored edges necessarily contains a triangle all of whose edges
have the same color.
4. In the plane let C be a circle, L a line tangent to the circle C, and M a point
on L. Find the locus of all points P with the following property: there exists two
points Q, R on L such that M is the midpoint of QR and C is the inscribed circle
of triangle ´PQR.
5. Let S be a finite set of points in three-dimensional space. Let S
x
, S
y
, S
z
be the
sets consisting of the orthogonal projections of the points of S onto the yz-plane,
zx-plane, xy -plane, respectively. Prove that
[S[
2
≤ [S
x
[ [S
y
[ [S
z
[
where [A[ denotes the number of elements in the finite set [A[. (Note: The orthogonal
projection of a point onto a plane is the foot of the perpendicular from that point to
the plane.)
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6. For each positive integer n, S(n) is defined to be the greatest integer such that, for
every positive integer k ≤ S(n), n
2
can be written as the sum of k positive squares.
(a) Prove that S(n) ≤ n
2
−14 for each n ≥ 4.
(b) Find an integer n such that S(n) = n
2
−14.
(c) Prove that there are infintely many integers n such that S(n) = n
2
−14.
1.34 34
th
IMO, Istambul, Turkey, 1993
1. Let f(x) = x
n
+ 5x
n−1
+ 3, where n > 1 is an integer. Prove that f(x) cannot be
expressed as the product of two nonconstant polynomials with integer coefficients.
2. Let D be a point inside acute triangle ABC such that ∠ADB = ACB + π/2 and
AC BD = AD BC.
(a) Calculate the ratio (AB CD)/(AC BD).
(b) Prove that the tangents at C to the circumcircles of ´ACD and ´BCD are
perpendicular.
3. On an infinite chessboard, a game is played as follows. At the start, n
2
pieces are
arranged on the chessboard in an n by n block of adjoining squares, one piece in each
square. A move in the game is a jump in a horizontal or vertical direction over an
adjacent occupied square to an unoccupied square immediately beyond. The piece
which has been jumped over is removed.
Find those values of n for which the game can end with only one piece remaining on
the board.
4. For three points P, Q, R in the plane, we define m(PQR) as the minimum length of
the three altitudes of ´PQR. (If the points are collinear, we set m(PQR) = 0.)
Prove that for points A, B, C, X in the plane,
m(ABC) ≤ m(ABX) +m(AXC) +m(XBC)
5. Does there exist a function f : N → N such that f(1) = 2, f(f(n)) = f(n) + n for
all n ∈ N, and f(n) < f(n + 1) for all n ∈ N?
42 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
6. There are n lamps L
0
, . . . , L
n−1
in a circle (n > 1), where we denote L
n+k
= L
k
. (A
lamp at all times is either on or off.) Perform steps s
0
, s
1
, . . . as follows: at step s
i
, if
L
i−1
is lit, switch L
i
from on to off or vice versa, otherwise do nothing. Initially all
lamps are on. Show that:
(a) There is a positive integer M(n) such that after M(n) steps all the lamps are
on again;
(b) If n = 2
k
, we can take M(n) = n
2
−1;
(c) If n = 2
k
+ 1, we can take M(n) = n
2
−n + 1.
1.35 35
th
IMO, Hong Kong, 1994
1. Let mand n be positive integers. Let a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
m
be distinct elements of ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦
such that whenever a
i
+a
j
≤ n for some i, j, 1 ≤ i ≤ j ≤ m, there exists k, 1 ≤ k ≤ m,
with a
i
+a
j
= a
k
. Prove that
a
1
+a
2
+ +a
m
m

n + 1
2
2. ´ABC is an isosceles triangle with AB = AC. Suppose that
(a) M is the midpoint of BC and O is the point on the line AM such that OB is
perpendicular to AB;
(b) Q is an arbitrary point on the segment BC different from B and C;
(c) E lies on the line AB and F lies on the line AC such that E , Q, F are distinct
and collinear.
Prove that OQ is perpendicular to EF if and only if QE = QF.
3. For any positive integer k, let f(k) be the number of elements in the set ¦k + 1, k +
2, . . . , 2k¦ whose base 2 representation has precisely three 1s.
(a) Prove that, for each positive integer m, there exists at least onepositive integer
k such that f(k) = m.
(b) Determine all positive integers m for which there exists exactly one k with
f(k) = m.
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TH
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4. Determine all ordered pairs (m, n) of positive integers such that
n
3
+ 1
mn −1
is an integer.
5. Let S be the set of real numbers strictly greater than −1. Find all functions f : S → S
satisfying the two conditions:
(a) f(x +f(y) +xf(y)) = y +f(x) +yf(x) for all x and y in S;
(b)
f(x)
x
is strictly increasing on each of the intervals −1 < x < 0 and 0 < x.
6. Show that there exists a set A of positive integers with the following property: For
any infinite set S of primes there exist two positive integers m ∈ A and n / ∈ A each
of which is a product of k distinct elements of S for some k ≥ 2.
1.36 36
th
IMO, Toronto, Canada, 1995
1. Let A, B, C, D be four distinct points on a line, in that order. The circles with
diameters AC and BD intersect at X and Y . The line XY meets BC at Z. Let
P be a point on the line XY other than Z. The line CP intersects the circle with
diameter AC at C and M, and the line BP intersects the circle with diameter BD
at B and N. Prove that the lines AM, DN, XY are concurrent.
2. Let a, b, c be positive real numbers such that abc = 1. Prove that
1
a
3
(b +c)
+
1
b
3
(c +a)
+
1
c
3
(a +b)

3
2
3. Determine all integers n > 3 for which there exist n points A
1
, . . . , A
n
in the plane,
no three collinear, and real numbers r
1
, . . . , r
n
such that for 1 ≤ i < j < k ≤ n, the
area of ´A
i
A
j
A
k
is r
i
+r
j
+r
k
.
4. Find the maximum value of x
0
for which there exists a sequence x
0
, x
1
. . . , x
1995
of
positive reals with x
0
= x
1995
, such that for i = 1, . . . , 1995,
x
i−1
+
2
x
i−1
= 2x
i
+
1
x
i
44 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
5. Let ABCDEF be a convex hexagon with AB = BC = CD and DE = EF = FA,
such that BCD = EFA = π/3. Suppose G and H are points in theinterior of the
hexagon such that AGB = DHE = 2π/3. Provethat AG + GB + GH + DH +
HE ≥ CF.
6. Let p be an odd prime number. How many p-element subsets A of ¦1, 2, . . . 2p¦ are
there, the sum of whose elements is divisible by p?
1.37 37
th
IMO, Mumbai, India, 1996
1. We are given a positive integer r and a rectangular board ABCD with dimensions
[AB[ = 20, [BC[ = 12. The rectangle is divided into a grid of 20 12 unit squares.
The following moves are permitted on the board: one can move from one square to
another only if the distance between the centers of the two squares is

r. The task is
to find a sequence of moves leading from the square with A as a vertex to the square
with B as a vertex.
(a) Show that the task cannot be done if r is divisible by 2 or 3.
(b) Prove that the task is possible when r = 73.
(c) Can the task be done when r = 97?
2. Let P be a point inside triangle ´ABC such that
APB −ACB = APC −ABC
Let D, E be the incenters of triangles APB, APC, respectively. Show that AP, BD, CE
meet at a point.
3. Let S denote the set of nonnegative integers. Find all functions f from S to itself
such that
f(m+f(n)) = f(f(m)) +f(n) ∀m, n ∈ S
4. The positive integers a and b are such that the numbers 15a +16b and 16a −15b are
both squares of positive integers. What is the least possible value that can be taken
on by the smaller of these two squares?
5. Let ABCDEF be a convex hexagon such that AB is parallel to DE, BC is parallel
to EF, and CD is parallel to FA. Let R
A
, R
C
, R
E
denote the circumradii of trian-
gles FAB, BCD, DEF, respectively, and let P denote the perimeter of the hexagon.
1.38. 38
TH
IMO, MAR DEL PLATA, ARGENTINA, 1997 45
Prove that
R
A
+R
C
+R
E

P
2
6. Let p, q, n be three positive integers with p+q < n. Let (x
0
, x
1
, . . . , x
n
) be an (n+1)-
tuple of integers satisfying the following conditions:
(a) x
0
= x
n
= 0.
(b) For each i with 1 ≤ i ≤ n, either x
i
−x
i−1
= p or x
i
−x
i−1
= −q.
Show that there exist indices i < j with (i, j) = (0, n), such that x
i
= x
j
.
1.38 38
th
IMO, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 1997
1. In the plane the points with integer coordinates are the vertices of unit squares. The
squares are colored alternately black and white (as on a chessboard). For any pair of
positive integers m and n, consider a right-angled triangle whose vertices have integer
coordinates and whose legs, of lengths m and n,ie along edges of the squares.
Let S
1
be the total area of the black part of the triangle and S
2
be the total area of
thehite part. Let
f(m, n) = [S
1
−S
2
[
(a) Calculate f(m, n) for all positive integers m and n which are eitheroth even or
both odd.
(b) Prove that f(m, n) ≤
1
2
max¦m, n¦ for all m and n.
(c) Show that there is no constant C such that f(m, n) < C for all m and n.
endenumerate
2. The angle at A is the smallest angle of triangle ´ABC. The points B and C divide
the circumcircle of the triangle into two arcs. Let U be an interior point of the arc
between B and C which does not contain A. The perpendicular bisectors of AB and
AC meet the line AU at V and W, respectively. The lines BV and CW meet at T.
Show that
AU = TB +TC
3. Let x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
be real numbers satisfying the conditions
[x
1
+x
2
+ +x
n
[ = 1
46 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
and
[x
i
[ ≤
n + 1
2
i = 1, 2, . . . , n
Show that there exists a permutation y
1
, y
2
, . . . , y
n
of x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
such that
[y
1
+ 2y
2
+ +ny
n
[ ≤
n + 1
2
4. An n n matrix whose entries come from the set S = ¦1, 2, . . . , 2n − 1¦ is called
a silver matrix if, for each i = 1, 2, . . . , n, the ith row and the ith column together
contain all elements of S. Show that
(a) there is no silver matrix for n = 1997;
(b) silver matrices exist for infinitely many values of n.
5. Find all pairs (a, b) of integers a, b ≥ 1 that satisfy the equation
a
b
2
= b
a
6. For each positive integer n , let f(n) denote the number of ways of representing n as
a sum of powers of 2 with nonnegative integer exponents.epresentations which differ
only in the ordering of their summands are considered to be the same. For instance,
f(4) = 4, because the number 4 can be represented in the following four ways:
4; 2 + 2; 2 + 1 + 1; 1 + 1 + 1 + 1.
Prove that, for any integer n ≥ 3,
2
n
2
/4
< f(2
n
) < 2
n
2
/2
.
1.39 39
th
IMO, Taipei, Taiwan, 1998
1. In the convex quadrilateral ABCD, the diagonals AC and BD are perpendicular and
the opposite sides AB and DC are not parallel. Suppose that the point P, where the
perpendicular bisectors of AB and DC meet, is inside ABCD. Prove that ABCD is
a cyclic quadrilateral if and only if the triangles ABP and CDP have equal areas.
2. In a competition, there are a contestants and b judges, where b ≥ 3 is an odd integer.
Each judge rates each contestant as either pass or fail. Suppose k is a number such
that, for any two judges, their ratings coincide for at most k contestants. Prove that
k/a ≥ (b −1)/(2b).
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TH
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3. For any positive integer n, let d(n) denote the number of positive divisors of n (in-
cluding 1 and n itself). Determine all positive integers k such that d(n
2
)/d(n) = k
for some n.
4. Determine all pairs (a, b) of positive integers such that ab
2
+b +7 divides a
2
b +a +b.
5. Let I be the incenter of triangle ABC. Let the incircle of ABC touch the sides BC,
CA, and AB at K, L, and M, respectively. The line through B parallel to MK
meets the lines LM and LK at R and S, respectively. Prove that angle RIS is acute.
6. Consider all functions f from the set N of all positive integers into itself satisfying
f(t
2
f(s)) = s(f(t))
2
for all s and t in N. Determine the least possible value of
f(1998).
1.40 40
th
IMO, Bucharest, Romania, 1999
1. Determine all finite sets S of at least three points in the plane which satisfy the
following condition:
for any two distinct points A and B in S, the perpendicular bisector of the
line segment AB is an axis of symmetry for S.
2. Let n be a fixed integer, with n ≥ 2.
(a) Determine the least constant C such that the inequality
¸
1≤i<j≤n
x
i
x
j
(x
2
i
+x
2
j
) ≤ C

¸
¸
1≤i≤n
x
i
¸

4
holds for all real numbers x
1
, , x
n
≥ 0.
(b) For this constant C, determine when equality holds.
3. Consider an n n square board, where n is a fixed even positive integer. The board
is divided into n
2
unit squares. We say that two different squares on the board are
adjacent if they have a common side.
N unit squares on the board are marked in such a way that every square (marked or
unmarked) on the board is adjacent to at least one marked square.
Determine the smallest possible value of N.
48 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
4. Determine all pairs (n, p) of positive integers such that
p is a prime,
n not exceeded 2p, and
(p −1)
n
+ 1 is divisible by n
p−1
.
5. Two circles G
1
and G
2
are contained inside the circle G, and are tangent to G at the
distinct points M and N, respectively. G
1
passes through the center of G
2
. The line
passing through the two points of intersection of G
1
and G
2
meets G at A and B.
The lines MA and MB meet G
1
at C and D, respectively.
Prove that CD is tangent to G
2
.
6. Determine all functions f : R −→R such that
f(x −f(y)) = f(f(y)) +xf(y) +f(x) −1
for all real numbers x, y.
1.41 41
st
IMO, Taejon, South Korea, 2000
1. Two circles ω
1
and ω
2
intersect at M and N. Line is tangent to the circles at A
and B, respectively, so that M lies closer to than N. Line CD, with C on ω
1
and
D on ω
2
, is parallel to and passes through M. Let lines AC and BD meet at E;
let lines AN and CD meet at P; and let lines BN and CD meet at Q. Prove that
EP = EQ.
2. Let a, b, c be positive real numbers such that abc = 1. Prove that:

a −1 +
1
b

b −1 +
1
c

c −1 +
1
a

≤ 1
3. Let n ≥ 2 be a positive integer. Initially, there are n fleas on a horizontal line, not
all at the same point.
For a positive real number λ, define a move as follows:
choose any two fleas at points A and B, with A to the left of B; let the flea
at A jump to the point C on the line to the right of B with
BC
AB
= λ.
Determine all the values of λ such that for any point M on the line and any initial
position of the n fleas, there is a sequence of moves that will take all the fleas to the
position to the right of M.
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ND
IMO, WASHINGTON DC, USA, 2001 49
4. A magician has one hundred cards numbered 1 to 100. He puts them into three boxes,
a red one, a white one and a blue one, so that each box contain at least one card.
A member of the audience selects two of the three boxes, choose one card from each
and announces the sum of the numbers on the chosen cards. Given this sum, the
magician identifies the box from which no card has been choosen.
How many ways are there to put all the cards into the boxes so that this trick always
works? (Two ways are considered diferent if at least one of card is put nto a different
box)
5. Determine whether or not there exists a positive integer n such that:
n is divisible by exactely 2000 different prime numbers, and
2
n
+ 1 is divisible by n.
6. Let AH
1
, BH
2
, CH
3
be the altitudes of an acute-angled triangle ´ABC. The incircle
of the triangle ´ABC touches the sides BC, CA, AB at T
1
, T
2
, T
3
, respectively. Let
the lines
1
,
2
,
3
be the reflections of the lines H
2
H
3
, H
3
H
1
H
1
H
2
in the lines T
2
T
3
,
T
3
T
1
, T
1
T
2
, respectively.
Prove that
1
,
2
,
3
determine a triangle whose vertices lie on the incircle of the
triangle ´ABC.
1.42 42
nd
IMO, Washington DC, USA, 2001
1. Let ´ABC be an acute-angled triangle with circumcentre O. Let P on BC be the
foot of the altitude from A. Suppose that BCA ≥ ABC + 30

. Prove that
CAB +COP < 90

2. Prove that
a

a
2
+ 8bc
+
b

b
2
+ 8ca
+
c

c
2
+ 8ab
≥ 1
for all positive real numbers a, b and c.
3. Twenty-one girls and twenty-one boys took part in a mathematical contest.
• Each contestant solved at most six problems.
• For each girl and each boy, at least one problem was solved by both of them
Prove that there was a problem that was solved by at least three girls and at least
three boys.
50 CHAPTER 1. INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
4. Let n be an odd integer greater than 1, and let k
1
, k
2
, . . . , k
n
be given integers. For
each of the n! permutations a = (a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
) of 1, 2, . . . , n, let
S (a) =
n
¸
i=1
k
i
a
i
Prove that there are two permutations b and c, such that n! is a divisor of S (b)−S (c).
5. In a triangle ´ABC, let AP bisect BAC, with P on BC, and let BQ bisect ABC,
with Q on CA. It is known that BAC = 60

and that AB + BP = AQ + QB.
What are the possible angles of triangle ´ABC?
6. Let a, b, c, d be integers with a > b > c > d > 0. Suppose that
ac +bd = (b +d +a −c) (b +d −a +c)
Prove ab +cd is not a prime.
1.43 43
rd
IMO, Glascow, United Kingdom, 2002
1. S is the set of all (h, k) with h, k non-negative integers such that h + k < n. Each
element of S is colored red or blue, so that if (h, k) is red and h
t
≤ h, k
t
≤ k, then
(h
t
, k
t
) is also red. A type 1 subset of S has n blue elements with different first
member and a type 2 subset of S has n blue elements with different second member.
Show that there are the same number of type 1 and type 2 subsets.
2. BC is a diameter of a circle center O. A is any point on the circle with ∠AOC >
60
o
. EF is the chord which is the perpendicular bisector of AO. D is the midpoint of
the minor arc AB. The line through O parallel to AD meets AC at J. Show that J
is the incenter of triangle CEF.
3. Find all pairs of integers m > 2, n > 2 such that there are infinitely many positive
integers k for which k
n
+k
2
−1 divides k
m
+k −1.
4. The positive divisors of the integer n > 1 are d
1
< d
2
< . . . < d
k
, so that d
1
= 1, d
k
=
n. Let d = d
1
d
2
+d
2
d
3
+ +d
k−1
d
k
.
(a) Prove that D < n
2
.
(b) Determine all n for which D is a divisor of n
2
.
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5. Find all functions f from the set R of real numbers to itself such that
(f(x) +f(z))(f(y) +f(t)) = f(xy −zt) +f(xt +yz)
for all x, y, z, t in R.
6. n > 2 circles of radius 1 are drawn in the plane so that no line meets more than two
of the circles. Their centers are O
1
, O
2
, , O
n
. Show that
¸
1≤i<j≤n
1
O
i
O
j

(n−1)π
4
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th
IMO, Tokyo, Japan, 2003
1. Let A be a 101-element subset of the set S = ¦1, 2, . . . , 1000000¦. Prove that there
exist numbers t
1
, t
2
, . . . , t
100
in S such that the sets
A
j
= ¦x +t
j
[ x ∈ A¦ j = 1, 2, . . . , 100
are pairwise disjoint.
2. Find all pairs (m, n) of positive integers such that
m
2
2mn
2
−n
3
+1
is a positive integer.
3. A convex hexagon is given in which any two opposite sides have the following property:
the distance between their midpoints is

3/2 times the sum of their lengths. Prove
that all the angles of the hexagon are equal.
(A convex ABCDEF has three pairs of opposite sides: AB and DE, BC and EF,
CD and FA.)
4. Let ABCD be a cyclic quadrilateral. Let P, Q and R be the feet of perpendiculars
from D to lines BC, CA and AB, respectively. Showhat PQ = QR if and only if the
bisectors of angles ABC and ADC meet on segment AC.
5. Let n be a positive integer and x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
be real numbers with x
1
≤ x
2
≤ . . . ≤ x
n
.
(a) Prove that

¸
n
¸
i=1
n
¸
j=1
[x
i
−x
j
[
¸

2

2(n
2
−1)
3
n
¸
i=1
n
¸
j=1
(x
i
−x
j
)
2
(b) Show that the equality holds if and only if x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
form an arithmetic
sequence.
6. Show that for each prime p, there exists a prime q such that n
p
− p is not divisible
by q for any positive integer n.
Chapter 2
Iberoamerican Mathematics
Olympiad
2.1 1
st
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Villa de Leyva, Colom-
bia, 1985
1. Find all the triples of integers (a, b, c) such that:
a +b +c = 24
a
2
+b
2
+c
2
= 210
abc = 440
2. Let P be a point in the interior of the equilateral triangle ´ABC such that PA = 5,
PB = 7, PC = 8. Find the length of the side of the triangle ´ABC.
3. Find all the roots r
1
, r
2
, r
3
y r
4
of the equation 4a
4
−ax
3
+bx
2
−cx+5 = 0 knowing
that they are real, positive and that
r
1
2
+
r
2
4
+
r
3
5
+
r
4
8
= 1.
4. If x = 1, y = 1, and
yz −x
2
1 −x
=
xz −y
2
1 −y
show that both fractions are equal to x +y +z.
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ND
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´
U, URUGUAY, 198753
5. To each positive integer n it is assigned a non-negative integer f(n) such that the
following conditions are satisfied:
f(rs) = f(r) +f(s)
f(n) = 0 If the first digit (from right to left) of n is 3.
f(10) = 0.
Find f(1985). Justify your answer.
6. Given an acute triangle ABC, let D, E and F be points in the lines BC, AC and AB
respectively. If the lines AD, BE and CF Pass al by O the center of the circumference
circumscrite to the triangle ABC, whose radio is R, show that
1
AB
+
1
BE
+
1
CF
=
2
R
.
2.2 2
nd
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Salto y Paysand´ u,
Uruguay, 1987
1. Find all f(x) such that [f(x)]
2
f

1−x
1+x

= 64x for all x diferent from 0, 1 y −1.
2. In a triangle ABC, M and N are the midpoints of the sides AC and AB respectively,
and P is the point of interesection of BM and CN. Show that if it is posible to inscribe
a circumference in the cuadrilateral ANPM, then the triangle ABC is isosceles.
3. Show that if m, n and r are positive integers and
1 +m +n

3 =

2 +

3

2r−1
then m is a perfect square.
4. Let p
n
be a sequence defined as follow:
p
1
= 2, and for all n ≥ 2, p
n
is the greatest prime divisor of the expression p
1
p
2
p
n−1
+
1. Show that p
n
= 5 for all integer n.
5. Si r, s, t are the roots of the equation x(x −2)(3x −7) = 2:
(a) Show that r, s, t are positive.
54 CHAPTER 2. IBEROAMERICAN MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
(b) Calculate arctan r + arctan s + arctan t.
6. Let ABCD be a plain convex cuadrilateral. P, Q are points of AD and BC respec-
tively such that
AP
PD
=
AB
DC
=
BQ
QC
Show that the angles that are formed by the lines PQ with AB and CD are equal.
2.3 3
rd
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Lima, Per´ u, 1988
1. The measure of the angles of a triangle are in arithmetic progression and the length
of the highs are also in arithmetic progression. Show that the triangle is equilateral
2. Let a, b, c, d, p, q be natural numbers such that
ad −bc = 1
a
b
>
p
q
>
c
d
Show that:
(a) q ≥ b +d
(b) Si q = b +d, then p = a +c.
3. Show that between all triangles such that the distance from their vertices to a given
point P are 3, 5 and 7, the one with the greatest perimeter has P as incenter.
4. Let ABC a triangle with sides length a, b, c. Each side of ABC is divided in n equal
segments. Let S the sum of the squares of the distance of each vertex to each one of
the points of division of the opositive side. Show that
S
a
2
+b
2
+c
2
is a rational number.
5. Consider all the expression of the form x +yt +zt
2
with x, y, z rational numbers and
t
3
= 2. Show that if x + yt + zt
2
= 0 then there exist ratinal numbers u, v, w such
that

x +yt +zt
2

u +vt +wt
2

= 1
6. Consider the sets of n natural numbers diferent from zero in which there is no three
elements in arithmetic progresion. Show that in one of those sets the sum is maximal.
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2.4 4
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, La Habana, Cuba,
1989
1. Find all triples if real numbers that satisfy the following equation system:
x +y −z = −1
x
2
−y
2
+z
2
= 1
−x
3
+y
3
+z
3
= −1
2. Let x, y, z three real numbers such that 0 < x < y < z <
π
2
. Show that
π
2
+ 2 sin xcos y + 2 siny cos z > sin 2x + sin 2y + sin 2z
3. Let a, b, c be the length of the sides of a triangle. Show that:

a −b
a +b
+
b −c
b +c
+
c −a
c +a

<
1
16
4. The inscrite circumference in the triangle ABC, is tangente to the sides AC and BC
in the points M y N respectively. The angle bisectors of the angles A and B intersect
to MN in the points P and Q respectively. Let O be the incenter of the triangle
ABC. Show that MP OA = BC OQ.
5. Let f be a function defined on the set of al positive integer numbers ¦1, 2, 3, . . .¦ by:
f(1) = 1
f(2n + 1) = f(2n) + 1
f(2n) = 3f(n).
Find the set of values that f tales.
6. Show that there are infinite many pairs of natural numbers (x, y) solutions of the
equation
2x
2
−3x −3y
2
−y + 1 = 0.
56 CHAPTER 2. IBEROAMERICAN MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
2.5 5
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Valladolid, Spain,
1990
1. Let f be a function defined on the set of the numbers greater than or equal to zero,
and,
i) If n = 2
j
−1 for j = 0, 1, 2, . . . then f(n) = 0.
ii) If n = 2
j
−1 for j = 0, 1, 2, . . . then f(n + 1) = f(n) −1.
(a) Show that for every nonnegative integer n there exists a nonnegative integer k
such that f(n) +n = 2
k
−1.
(b) Calculate f(2
1990
).
2. Let ABC a triangle, and let I be the center of the circumference inscrite and D, E,
F its tangent points with BC, CA and AB respectively. Let P be the other point
of intersection of the line AD with the circumference inscrite. If M is the mid point
of EF, show that the for points P, I, M, D are either on the same circumference or
they are colinear.
3. Let f(x) = (x +b)
2
−c be a polynomial with b and c integers.
(a) If p is a prime number such that p divides c and p
2
do not divide c, show that
for any integer number n, p
2
do not divide to f(n).
(b) Let q be a prime number distict from 2 such that q do not divide to c. If q divide
to f(n) for some integer n, show that for every positive integer r there exists an
positive integer number n
t
such that q
r
divide to f(n
t
).
4. Let C
1
be a circumference, AB one of its diameters, t its tangent in B, and M a
point on C
1
distinct of A and B. It is constructed a circumference C
2
tangent to C
1
on M, and to the line t.
(a) Find the point of tangency P to t and C
2
, and find the locus of the centers of
the circumferences C
2
when M varies.
(b) Show that there exists a circumference ortogonal to all the circumferences C
2
.
Note: Two circumferences are ortogonal one to the other if they intersect and the respective
tangents to the point of intersection are ortogonal.
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´
ORDOBA, ARGENTINA, 1991 57
5. Let A and B opositive vertices on a chessboard of n n squares (n ≥ 1), on each
square it is drawn the diagonal parallel to AB, forming then 2n
2
equal triangles. A
token moves along a path from A to B formed by segments of the board, and each
time that a segment is passed by, a seed is put on each of the triangles that admits
that segment as side. Theway is followed in a way that the token do not pass by any
segment more than once, and after that there are exactly two seeds on each of the
2n
2
triangles on the board. For what values of n is this situation possible?
6. Let f(x) be a polynomial of degree 3 with rational coeficients. Show that if the
graphic of f is tangente to the x-axis, then f(x) has all its roots rational.
2.6 6
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, C´ ordoba, Argentina,
1991
1. To each vertex of a cube it is assigned the value +1 or −1, and to each face it
is assigned the product of its vertices. What values may take the sum of the 14
numbers obtained on this way?
2. Two perpendicular lines divide a square in for parts, three of them has area equal to
1. Show that the area of the full square is four.
3. Let F be an increasing function defined for all real number x such that 0 ≤ x ≤ 1,
and
F(0) = 0
F

x
3

=
F(x)
2
Find F

18
1991

.
4. Find a number N of five diferent, non zero digits, such that it is equal to the sum of
all the numbers of three diferent digits that can be formed with the digits of N (in
any order).
5. Let P(X, Y ) = 2X2 −
6
XY +5Y
2
. An integer number A is a value of P if there exist
integer numbers B and C such that A = P(B, C).
i) Determine how many elements of ¦1, 2, . . . , 100¦ are values of P.
ii) Show that the product of two values of P is a value of P.
58 CHAPTER 2. IBEROAMERICAN MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
6. Given three non colinear points M, N, P, if M and N are the middle points of the
sides of a triangle and P is the intersection point of the highs of such triangle. Show
that such triangle is constructible with compas and ruler.
2.7 7
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Caracas, Venezuela,
1992
1. For each positive integer n, let a
n
be the last digit of the number
1 + 2 + +n
. Calculate
a
1
+a
2
+ +a
1992
2. Given n real numbers a
1
, . . . , a
n
such that 0 < a
1
< a
2
< < a
n
and given the
function
f(x) =
a
1
x +a
1
+
a
2
x +a
2
+ +
a
n
x +a
n
find the sum of the lengths of the disjoint intervals formed for al the values x such
that f(x) > 1.
3. In a equilateral triangle of length 2, it is inscribed a circumference Γ.
(a) Show that for all point P of Γ the sum of the squares of the distance of the
vertices A, B and C is 5.
(b) Show that for all point P of Γ it is possible to construct a triangle such that its
sides has the length of the segments AP, BP and CP, and its area is

3
4
.
4. Let (a
n
) and (b
n
) be two sequences of integer numbers such that:
(a) a
0
= 0, b
0
= 8
(b) a
n+2
= 2a
n+1
−a
n
+ 2, b
n+2
= 2b
n+1
−b
n
(c) a
2
n
+b
2
n
is a perfect square for all n.
Find at least two values of the pair (a
1992
, b
1992
).
5. Let Γ be a circumference and let h, m positive numbers such that there exists a
trapecious ABCD inscrite in Γ, of high h and such that the sum of the bases AB+CD
es m. Construct the trapecious ABCD.
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´
EXICO, M
´
EXICO, 1993 59
6. Given a triangle T of vertices A, B and C it is constructed an hexagon H of vertices
A
1
, A
2
, B
1
, B
2
, C
1
and C
2
as in the picture. Show that the area of the exagon H is
greates than or equal to three times the area of the triangle T.
A
B
C
a
b c
b
b
c
c
a a
A
1
A
2
B
1
B
2
C
1
C
2
2.8 8
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Ciudad de M´exico,
M´exico, 1993
1. A number is called capicua if when it is written in decimal notation, it can be read
equal from left to right as from right to left. Examples: 8, 23432, 6446. Let x
1
<
x
2
< < x
i
< x
i+1
, the sequence of al capicua numbers. For each i it is defined
y
i
= x
i+1
−x
i
. How many distinct primes contains the set ¦y
1
, y
2
, . . .¦?
2. Show that for every convex poligon with area less than or equal to one there exists a
paralelogram with area equal to two that contains it.
3. Let N

= ¦1, 2, . . .¦. Find al the functions f : N

→N

such that
(a) If x < y then f(x) < f(y)
(b) f (yf(x)) = x
2
f(xy) for all the x, y ∈ N

.
4. Let ABC an equilateral triangle and Γ its inscribed circle. If D and E are points in the
sides AB and AC respectively, such that DE is tangent to Γ, show that
AD
DB
+
AE
EC
= 1.
5. Let P and Q be two distinct points in the plane. Let us denote by m(PQ) the segment
bisector of PQ. Let S be a finite subset of the plane, with more than one element,
that satisfies the following porpoerties:
(a) If P and Q are in S, then m(PQ) intersects S.
60 CHAPTER 2. IBEROAMERICAN MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
(b) If P
1
Q
1
, P
2
Q
2
, P
3
Q
3
are three diferent segments such that its endpoints are points
of S, then, there is non point in S such that it intersects the three lines m(P
1
Q
1
),
m(P
2
Q
2
), and m(P
3
Q
3
)
Find the number of points that S may contain.
6. Two non negative integers a and b are tuanis if the decimal expresion of a+b contains
only 0 and 1 as digits. Let A and B be two infinite sets of non negative integers such
that B is the set of all the tuanis numbers to elements of the set A and A the set of
all the tuanis numbers to elements of the set B. Show that in at least one of the sets
A and B there is an infinite number of pairs (x, y) such that x −y = 1.
2.9 9
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Fortaleza, Cear´a, Brazil,
1994
1. A number n is said to be nice if it exists an integer r > 0 such that the expresion of
n in base r has all its digits equal. For example, 62 and 15 are nice because 62 is 222
in base 5, and 15 is 33 in base 4. Show that 1993 is not nice, but 1994 is.
2. Let ABCD a cuadrilateral inscribed in a circumference. Suppose that there is a
semicircumference with its center on AB, that is tangent to the other three sides of
the cuadrilateral.
i Show that AB = AD +BC.
ii Calculate, in term of x = AB and y = CD, the maximal area that can be
reached for such cuadrilateral.
3. In each sqare of an n n grid there is a lamp. If the lamp is touched it changes its
state every lamp in the same row and every lamp in the same column (the one that
are on are turned off and viseversa). At the begining, all the lamps are off. Show that
always is posible, with an appropiated sequence of touches, that all the the lamps on
the board end on and find, in function of n the minimal number of touches that are
necesary to turn on evey lamp.
4. Let A, B and C be given points on a circumference K such that the triangle ´ABC
is acute. Let P be a point in the interior of K. X, Y and Z be the other intersection
of AP, BP and CP with the circumference. Determine the position of P to obtain
´XY Z equilateral
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5. Let n and r two positive integers. It is wanted to make r subsets A
1
, A
2
, . . . , A
r
from
the set ¦0, 1, , n−1¦ such that all those subsets contain exactly k elements and such
that, for all integer x with 0 ≤ x ≤ n −1 there exist x
1
∈ A
1
, x
2
∈ A
2
. . . , x
r
∈ A
r
(an element of each set) with
x = x
1
+x
2
+ +x
r
Find the minimum value of k in termis of n and r.
6. Show that evey natural number n ≤ 2
1 000 000
can be obtained begining with 1 doing
less than 1 100 000 sums; more precisely, there is a finite sequence of natural numbers
x
0
, x
1
, . . . , x
k
with k ≤ 1 100 000, x
0
= 1, x
k
= n
such that for all i = 1, 2, . . . , k there exist r, s with 0 ≤ r ≤ s < i such that
x
i
= x
r
+x
s
.
2.10 10
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Region V, Chile,
1995
1. Find all the possible values of the sum of the digits of all the perfect squares
1
.
2. Let n be a positive integer greater than 1. Determine all the collections or real
numbers
x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
≥ 1 and x
n+1
≤ 0
such that the next two conditions hold:
i x
1
2
1
+x
3
2
2
+ +x
n−
1
2
n = nx
1
2
n+1
ii
x
1
+x
2
++xn
n
= x
n+1
3. Let r and s two orthogonal lines that does not lay on the same plane. Let AB be their
common perpendicular, where A ∈ r and B ∈ s
2
. Consider the sphere of diameter
AB. The points M ∈ r and N ∈ s varies with the condition that MN is tangent to
the sphere on the point T. Find the locus of T.
1
Sorry for the coment, but I translated this problem as good as I could. This is the problem worst
redacted that I have ever seen, and it says the same in Spanish and Portuges. After I looked on the
solution, I would rewrite it as follows: Let f : N → N such that f(n) is the sum of all the digits of the
number n
2
. Find the image of f (where, by image it is understood the set of all x such that exists an n
with f(n) = x)
2
The plane that contains B and r is perpendicular to s
62 CHAPTER 2. IBEROAMERICAN MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
4. In a m n grid are there are token. Every token dominates every square on its
same row (↔), its same column (|), and diagonal (` `)(Note that the token does not
dominate the diagonal ( ), determine the lowest number of tokens that must be on
the board to dominate all the squares on the board.
5. The circumference inscribed on the triangle ´ABC is tangent go BC, CA and AB
on the points D, E and F respectively. Suppose that such circumference cout again
AD on its midpoint X, this means, AX = XD. The lines XB and XC intersect the
circumference in Y and Z respectively. Show that EY = FZ
6. A function f : N → N is circular if for every p ∈ N there exists n ∈ N, n ≤ p
such that f
n
(p) = p (f composed with itself n times) The function f has repulsion
degree k > 0 if for every p ∈ N f
i
(p) = p for every i = 1, 2, . . . ,
k
p
|
3
. Determine the
maximun repulsion degree can have a circular function.
2.11 11
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Limon, Costa Ri-
ca, 1996
1. Let n be a natural number. A cube of edge n may be divided in 1996 cubes whose
edges length are also natural numbers. Find the minimum possible value for n.
2. Let ´ABC be a triangle, D the midpoint of BC, and M be the midpoint of AD.
The line BM intersects the side AC on the point N. Show that AB is tangent to the
circumference circunscrite to the triangle ´NBC if and only if the following equality
is true
BM
MN
=
(BC)
2
(BN)
2
3. We have a grid of k
2
−k + 1 rows and k
2
−k + 1 columns, where k = p + 1 and p is
prime. For each prime p, give a method to put the numbers 0 and 1, one number for
each square in the grid, such that on each row there are exactly k 0’s,on each column
there are exactly k 0s, and there is non rectangle with sides parallel to the sides of
the grid with 0s on each four vertices.
4. Given a natural number n ≥ 2, consider all the fractions of the form
1
ab
, where a and
b are natural numbers, relative primes and such that
a < b ≤ n
3
Here x is the integer part of x
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a +b > n
. Show that for each n, the sum of all this fractions are
1
2
.
5. Three tokens A, B, C are, each one in a vertex of an equilateral triangle of side n.
Its divided on equilateral triangles of side 1, such as it is shown in the figure for the
case n = 3
B A
C
Initially, all the lines of the figure are painted blue. The tokens are moving along the
lines painting them of red, following the next two rules:
(a) First A moves, after that B moves, and then C, by turns. On each turn, the
token moves over exactly one line of one of the little triangles, form one side to
the other.
(b) Non token moves over a line that is already painted red, but it can rest on one
endpoint of a side that is already red, even if there is another token there wating
its turn.
Show that for every positive ingeter n it is possible to paint red all the sides of the
little triangles.
6. There are n diferent points A
1
, . . . , A
n
in the plain and each point A
i
it is assigned a
real number λ
i
distinct from zero in such way that
(A
i
A
j
)
2
= λ
i

j
for all the i, j with i = j
Show that
(a) n ≤ 4
(b) If n = 4, then
1
λ
1
+
1
λ
2
+
1
λ
3
+
1
λ
4
= 0.
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2.12 12
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Guadalajara, M´exico,
1997
1. Let r ≥ 1 be areal number that holds with the property that for each pair of positive
integer numbers m and n, with n a multiple of m, it is true that nr| is multiple of
mr|. Show that r has to be an integer number
4
.
itemIn a triangle ABC, it is drawn a circumference with center in the incenter I and
that intersect twice each of the sides of the triangle: the segment BC on D and P
(where D is nearer two B); the segment CA on E and Q (where E is nearer to C);
and the segment AB on F and R ( where F is nearer to A).
Let S be the point of intersection of the diagonals of the cuadrilateral EQFR. Let
T be the point of intersection of the diagonals of the cuadrilateral FRDP. Let U be
the point of intersection of the diagonals of the quadrilateral DPEQ.
Show that the circumferences circumscrites to the triangle ´FRT, ´DPU and
´EQS have a unique point in common.
2. Let n ≥ 2 be an integer number and D
n
the set of all the points (x, y) in the plane
such that its coordinates are integer numbers with −n ≤ x ≤ n and −n ≤ y ≤ n.
There are three posible colors in which the points of D
n
are painted with (each point
has a unique color). Show that with any distribution of the colors, there are always
two points of D
n
with the same color such that the line that contains them does not
go thrue any other point of D
n
.
Find a way to paint the points of D
n
with 4 colors such that if a line contains exactly
two points of D
n
, then, this points have diferent colors.
3. Let n be a positive integer. Consider the sum x
1
y
1
+ x
2
y
2
+ + x
n
y
n
, where tha
values of the variables x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
, y
1
, y
2
, . . . , y
n
are either 0 or 1.
Let I(n) be the number of 2n-tuples (x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
, y
1
, y
2
, . . . , y
n
) such that the sum of
the number is odd, and let P(n) be the number of 2n-tuples (x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
, y
1
, y
2
, . . . , y
n
)
such that the sum is an even number. Shot that
P(n)
I(n)
=
2
n
+ 1
2
n
−1
4. In an acute triangle ´ABC, let AE and BF be highs of it, and H its orthocenter.
The symetric line of AE with respect to the angle bisector of A and the symetric
4
If x is a real number, x is the greatest integer lower than or equal to x
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line of BF with respect to the angle bisector of B intersect each other on the point
O. The lines AE and AO intersect again the circumscrite circumference to ´ABC
on the points M and N respectively.
Let P be the intersection of BC with HN; R the intersection of BC with OM; and
S the intersection of HR with OP.
Show that AHSO is a paralelogram.
5. Let P = ¦P
1
, P
2
, ..., P
1997
¦ be a set of 1997 points in the interior of a circle of radius
1, where P
1
is the center of the circle. For each k = 1. . . . , 1997, let x
k
be the distance
of P
k
to the point of P closer to P
k
, but diferent from it. Show that
(x
1
)
2
+ (x
2
)
2
+... + (x
1997
)
2
≤ 9.
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Iberoamerican Olympiad, Puerto Plata, Rep´ ublica
Domincana, 1998
1. There are 98 points given over a circumference. Mary and Joseph play alternatively
in the next way: each one draw a segment joining two points that have not been
joined before. The game ends when the 98 points have been used as end points of
a segments at least once. The winner is the person that draw the last segment. If
Joseph starts the game, who can assure that is going to win the game.
2. The circumference inscribed on the triangle ABC is tangent to the sides BC, CA
and AB on the points D, E and F, respectively. AD intersect the circumference on
the point Q. Show that the line EQ intersect the segment AF on its midpoint if and
only if AC = BC.
3. Find the minimum natural number n with the following property: between any col-
lection of n distinct natural numbers in the set ¦1, 2, . . . , 999¦ it is possible to choose
four diferent a, b, c, d such that a + 2b + 3c = d.
4. There are representants from n diferent contries sit around a circular talbe (n ≥ 2),
in such way that if two representants are from the same country, then, their neighbors
to the right are not from the same country. Find, for every n, the maximal number
of people that can be sit around the table.
5. Find the maximal posible value of n such that there exist points P
1
, P
2
, P
3
, . . . , P
n
in the plane and real numbers r
1
, r
2
, . . . , r
n
such that the distance between any two
diferent points P
i
and P
j
is r
i
+r
j
.
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6. Let λ the positive root of the equation t
2
−1998t −1 = 0. It is defined the sequence
x
0
, x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
, . . . by
x
0
= 1, x
n+1
= λx
n
| for n = 1, 2 . . .
Find the remainder of the division of x
1998
by 1998.
Note: x| is the greatest integer less than or equal to x.
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Iberoamerican Olympiad, La Habana, Cuba,
1999
1. Find all the positive integers less than 1000 such that the cube of the sum of its digits
is equal to the square of such integer.
2. Given two circumferences M and N, we say that M bisects N if they intersect in two
points and the common chord is a diameter of N.
Consider two fixed circumferences C
1
and C
2
not concentric.
(a) Show that there exists infinite many circumferences B such that B bisects both
C
1
and C
2
(b) Find the locus of the centers of such circumferences B.
3. Let P
1
, P
2
, . . . , P
n
be n disctinct points over a line in the plane (n ≥ 2). Consider all
the circumferences with diameters P
i
P
j
(1 ≤ i, j ≤ n) and they are painted with k
given colors. Lets call this configuration a (n, k)-cloud.
For each positive integer k, find all the positive integers n such that every posible
(n, k)-cloud has two mutually exterior tangent circumferences of the same color.
4. Let B be an integer greater than 10 such that everyone of its digits belongs to the
set ¦1, 3, 7, 9¦. Show that B has a factor greater than or equal to 11.
5. An acute triangle ´ABC is inscribed in a circumference of center O. The highs of
the triangle are AD, BE and CF. The line EF cut the circumference on P and Q.
(a) Show that OA is perpendicular to PQ.
(b) If M is the midpoint of BC, show that AP
2
= 2AD OM.
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6. Let A and B points in the plane and C a point in the segment bisector of AB. It
is constructed a sequence of points C
1
, C
2
, . . . , C
n
, . . . in the following way: C
1
= C
and for n ≥ 1, if C
n
does not belongs to AB, then C
n+1
is the circumcenter of the
triangle ´ABC
n
.
Find all the points C such that the sequence C
1
, C
2
, . . . is defined for all n and turns
eventually periodic
5
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Iberoamerican Olympiad, M´erida, Venezuela,
2000
1. It is constructed a regular polygon of n sides (n ≥ 3) and its vertex are numbered
from 1 to n. One draws all the diagonals of the polygon. Show that if n is odd, it is
posible to assign to each side and to each diagonal an integer number between 1 and
n, such that the next two conditions are simultaneusly satisfied:
(a) The number assigned to each side or diagonal is diferent to the number assigned
to any of the vertices that is endpoint of it.
(b) For each vertex, all the sides and diagonals that have it as an endpoint, have
diferent number assigned.
2. Let S
1
and S
2
be two circumferences, with centers O
1
and O
2
respectively, and secants
on M and N. The line t is the common tangent to S
1
and S
2
closer to M. The points
A and B are the intersection points of t with S
1
and S
2
, C is the point such that BC is
a diameter of S
2
, and D the intersection point of the line O
1
O
2
with the perpendicular
line to AM thru B. Show that M, D and C are colinear
3. Find all the solutions of the equation
(x + 1)
y
−x
z
= 1
For x, y, z integers greater than 1.
4. From an infinite arithmetic progression 1, a
1
, a
2
, . . . of real numbers some terms are
deleted, obtaining an infinite geometric progression 1, b
1
, b
2
, . . . whose ratio is q. Find
all the possible values of q.
5
A sequence C
1
, C
2
, . . . is called eventually periodic if there exist positive integers k and p such that
C
n+p
= c
n
for all n ≥ k
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5. There are a buch of 2000 stones. Two players play alternatively, following the next
rules:
(a) On each turn, the player can take 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stones or the bunch.
(b) On each turn, the player has forbiden to take the exact same amount of stones
that the other player took just before of him in the last play.
The player that on its turn can not do a valid play. Determine which player has
winning strategy and give such strategy.
6. A convex hexagon is called pretty if it has for diagonals of length 1, such that their
endpoints are all the vertex of the hexagon.
(a) Given any real number k with 0 < k < 1 find a pretty hexagon with area equal
to k
(b) Show that the area of any pretty hexagon is less than 1.
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Iberoamerican Olympiad, Minas, Uruguay,
2001
1. We say that a natural number n is bogus if it satisfy simultaneously the next condi-
tions:
• Every digit of n is greater than 1.
• Every time that four digits of n are multiplied, it is obtained a divisor of n
Show that every natural number k there exists a bogus number with more than k
digits.
2. The inscrite circumference of the triangle ´ABC has center at O and it is tangent
to the sides BC, AC and AB at the points X, Y and Z, respectively. The lines BO
and CO intersect the line Y Z at the points P and Q, respectively.
Show that if the segments XP and XQ has the same lenght, then the triangle ´ABC
is isosceles.
3. Let S be a set of n elements and S
1
, S
2
, . . . , S
k
are subsets of S (k ≥ 2), such that
every one of them has at least r elements.
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Show that there exists i and j, with 1 ≤ i < j ≤ k such that
[S
i
¸
S
j
[ ≤ r −
nk
4(k −1)
4. Find the maximum number or increasing arithmetic progresions that can have a finite
sequence of real numbers a
1
< a
2
< < a
n
of n real numbers.
Note: Three terms on a
i
, a
j
, a
k
of a sequence of real numbers are in increasing arith-
metic progresion if i < j < k, a
i
< a
j
< a
k
and a
j
−a
i
= a
k
−a
j
5. In a board of 2000 2001 squares with integer coordinates (x, y), 0 ≤ x ≤ 1999 and
0 ≤ y ≤ 2000. An ship in the table moves in the next way: before each movement,
the ship is in position (x, y) and has a velocity of (h, v) where h and v are integers.
The ship choosea new velocity (h
t
, v
t
) such that h
t
−h is either -1, 0 or 1, and v
t
−v is
either -1, 0 or 1. The new position of the ship will be (x
t
, y
t
) where x
t
is the remainder
of the division of x + h
t
by 2000 and y
t
is the remainder of the division of y + v
t
by
2001.
There are two ships in the board: The Martian ship and the Terrestrian ship. The
Terrestrian ship wants to catch the Martian ship. Initially each ship is in a different
square and has velocity (0, 0). The first ship to move is the Terrestrian, and they
continue moving alternatively.
There exists a strategy such that the Terrestrian ship always catch to the Martian
ship, whatever are the initial positions?
Note: The Terrestrial ship always see the Martian ship and it catch it if after a
movement it reaches the same position of the Martian ship.
6. Show that it is impossible to cover a unit sqare with five equal squares with side
s ≤
1
2
.
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th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, San Salvador, El
Salvador, 2002
1. The integer numbers from 1 to 2002, are written in a chalkboard on increasing order
1, 2,. . . , 2001, 2002. After that, somebody erase the numbers in the (3k + 1
th
places
(1,4,7,. . . ). After that, the same person erase the numbers in the (3k +1)
th
positions
of the new list (in this case, 2, 5, 9,. . . ). This process is repited all the times that it is
necesary to erase all the numbers in the list. What is the last number to be erased?
70 CHAPTER 2. IBEROAMERICAN MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
2. Given any set of 9 points in the plane such that there is no 3 of them colinear, show
that for each point P of the set, the number of triangles with its vertices on the other
8 points and that contain P on its interior is even.
3. Let P be a point in the interior of the equilateral triangle ´ABC such that APC =
120

. Let M be the intersection of CP with AB, and N the intersection of AP and
BC. Find the locus of the circumcenter of the triangle ´MBN when P varies.
4. In a triangle ´ABC with all its sides of diferent length, D is on the side AC, such
that BD is the angle bisector of ABC. Let E and F, respectively, be the feet of
the perpendicular drawn from A and C to the line BD and let M be the point on
BC such that DM is perpendicular to BC. Show that EMD = DMF.
5. The sequence of real numbers a
1
, a
2
, . . . is defined as follows:
a
1
= 56 and a
n+1
= a
n

1
a
n
for n ≥ 1
Show that there is an integer k, 1 ≤ k ≤ 2002 such that a
k
< 0.
6. A policeman try to catch a rober in a board of 2001 2001 squares. They play
alternatively, and each one of them on its turn should move a space on each one of
the next directions: ↓(down); → (right); ` (up-left diagonal).
If the policeman is on the square in the right-down corner, he can go directly to the
square in the left-up corner (the rober can not do this). Initially the pliceman is in the
central square, and the rober is in the square over the diagonal from the right-up to
the left-down corners, that is contiguos (right-up) to the square where the policeman
is. Show that:
(a) The rober may move at least 10000 times before the policeman catch it.
(b) The policeman has an strategy such that he will eventually catch the rober
Note: The policeman catch the rober if he reaches the square where the rober is. If
the rober reaches the policeman square, there is not catch.
2.18 18
th
Iberoamerican Olympiad, Buenos Aires, Ar-
gentina, 2003
1. (a) There are two sequences of numbers, with 2003 consecutive integers each, and a
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table of 2 rows and 2003 columns


Say if it is always positive to distribut the numbers on the first sequence in the
first row and the second sequence in the second row, such that the sequence
obtained of the 2003 columnwise sums form a new sequence of 2003 consecutive
integers.
(b) Same question, if 2003 is replaced with 2004?
In both cases, if the answer is affirmative, explain how are the numbers distributed,
and if the answer is negative, explain why.
2. Let C and D be two points on the semicircumference with diameter AB such that B
and C are in distinct semiplanes with respect to the line AD. Denote by M, N and P
the midpoints of AC, BD and CD respectively. Let O
A
and O
B
the circumcenters of
the triangles ´ACP and ´BDP. Show that the lines O
A
O
B
and MN are parallel.
3. Pablo is copying form the chalkboard the next problem:
Consider all the sequences of 2004 real numbers (x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
2003
) such that
x
0
= 1
0 ≤ x
1
≤ 2x
0
0 ≤ x
2
≤ 2x
1
.
.
.
0 ≤ x
2003
≤ 2x
2002
From all this sequences, determine that one where the next expression reach-
es its maximum value
S =
When Pablo was going to copy the expression, it was erased from the board. The
only thing that he could remember was that S was of the form
S = ±x
1
±x
2
± ±x
2002
+x
2003
where the last term had coeficient +1 and the others has coeficients either +1 or -1.
Show that, even when Pablo does not have the complete statement, he can determine
the solution of the problem.
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4. Let M = ¦1, 2, . . . , 49¦ the set of the first 49 positive integers. Determine the maxi-
mum integer k such that the set M has a subset of k elements such that there is no
6 consecutive integers in such subset. For that value of k, calculate the amount of
subset of M with k elements and the given property.
5. In a sqare ABCD, let P and Q be points on the sides BC and CD respectively,
diferent from its endpoints, such that BP = CQ. Consider points X and Y such
that X = Y , in the segments AP and AQ respectively. Show that, for every X and
X choosen, there exists a triangle whose sides have lengths BX, XY and DY .
6. The sequences (a
n
)
n≥0
, (b
n
)
n≥0
are defined as follows:
a
0
= 1, b
0
= 4 and for all n ≥ 0
a
n+1
= a
2001
n
+b
n
, b
n+1
= b
2001
n
+a
n
Show that 2003 is not divisor of any of the terms in these two sequences.
Chapter 3
William Lowell Putnam Competition
3.1 46
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1985
1. Determine, with proof, the number of ordered triples (A
1
, A
2
, A
3
) of sets which have
the property that
(i) A
1
∪ A
2
∪ A
3
= ¦1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10¦, and
(ii) A
1
∩ A
2
∩ A
3
= ∅.
Express your answer in the form 2
a
3
b
5
c
7
d
, where a, b, c, d are nonnegative integers.
2. Let T be an acute triangle. Inscribe a rectangle R in T with one side along a side of
T. Then inscribe a rectangle S in the triangle formed by the side of R opposite the
side on the boundary of T, and the other two sides of T, with one side along the side
of R. For any polygon X, let A(X) denote the area of X. Find the maximum value,
or show that no maximum exists, of
A(R)+A(S)
A(T)
, where T ranges over all triangles and
R, S over all rectangles as above.
3. Let d be a real number. For each integer m ≥ 0, define a sequence ¦a
m
(j)¦, j =
0, 1, 2, . . . by the condition
a
m
(0) = d/2
m
,
a
m
(j + 1) = (a
m
(j))
2
+ 2a
m
(j), j ≥ 0.
Evaluate lim
n→∞
a
n
(n).
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4. Define a sequence ¦a
i
¦ by a
1
= 3 and a
i+1
= 3
a
i
for i ≥ 1. Which integers between
00 and 99 inclusive occur as the last two digits in the decimal expansion of infinitely
many a
i
?
5. Let I
m
=


0
cos(x) cos(2x) cos(mx) dx. For which integers m, 1 ≤ m ≤ 10 is
I
m
= 0?
6. If p(x) = a
0
+a
1
x + +a
m
x
m
is a polynomial with real coefficients a
i
, then set
Γ(p(x)) = a
2
0
+a
2
1
+ +a
2
m
.
Let F(x) = 3x
2
+ 7x + 2. Find, with proof, a polynomial g(x) with real coefficients
such that
(i) g(0) = 1, and
(ii) Γ(f(x)
n
) = Γ(g(x)
n
)
for every integer n ≥ 1.
7. Let k be the smallest positive integer for which there exist distinct integers m
1
, m
2
, m
3
, m
4
, m
5
such that the polynomial
p(x) = (x −m
1
)(x −m
2
)(x −m
3
)(x −m
4
)(x −m
5
)
has exactly k nonzero coefficients. Find, with proof, a set of integers m
1
, m
2
, m
3
, m
4
, m
5
for which this minimum k is achieved.
8. Define polynomials f
n
(x) for n ≥ 0 by f
0
(x) = 1, f
n
(0) = 0 for n ≥ 1, and
d
dx
f
n+1
(x) = (n + 1)f
n
(x + 1)
for n ≥ 0. Find, with proof, the explicit factorization of f
100
(1) into powers of distinct
primes.
9. Let
a
1,1
a
1,2
a
1,3
. . .
a
2,1
a
2,2
a
2,3
. . .
a
3,1
a
3,2
a
3,3
. . .
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
be a doubly infinite array of positive integers, and suppose each positive integer
appears exactly eight times in the array. Prove that a
m,n
> mn for some pair of
positive integers (m, n).
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10. Let C be the unit circle x
2
+y
2
= 1. A point p is chosen randomly on the circumference
C and another point q is chosen randomly from the interior of C (these points are
chosen independently and uniformly over their domains). Let R be the rectangle with
sides parallel to the x and y-axes with diagonal pq. What is the probability that no
point of R lies outside of C?
11. Evaluate


0
t
−1/2
e
−1985(t+t
−1
)
dt. You may assume that


−∞
e
−x
2
dx =

π.
12. Let G be a finite set of real n n matrices ¦M
i
¦, 1 ≤ i ≤ r, which form a group
under matrix multiplication. Suppose that
¸
r
i=1
tr(M
i
) = 0, where tr(A) denotes the
trace of the matrix A. Prove that
¸
r
i=1
M
i
is the n n zero matrix.
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th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1986
1. Find, with explanation, the maximum value of f(x) = x
3
− 3x on the set of all real
numbers x satisfying x
4
+ 36 ≤ 13x
2
.
2. What is the units (i.e., rightmost) digit of
¸
10
20000
10
100
+ 3
¸
?
3. Evaluate
¸

n=0
Arccot(n
2
+n + 1), where Arccot t for t ≥ 0 denotes the number θ in
the interval 0 < θ ≤ π/2 with cot θ = t.
4. A transversal of an nn matrix A consists of n entries of A, no two in the same row
or column. Let f(n) be the number of n n matrices A satisfying the following two
conditions:
(a) Each entry α
i,j
of A is in the set ¦−1, 0, 1¦.
(b) The sum of the n entries of a transversal is the same for all transversals of A.
An example of such a matrix A is
A =

¸
¸
−1 0 −1
0 1 0
0 1 0
¸

.
76 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
Determine with proof a formula for f(n) of the form
f(n) = a
1
b
n
1
+a
2
b
n
2
+a
3
b
n
3
+a
4
,
where the a
i
’s and b
i
’s are rational numbers.
5. Suppose f
1
(x), f
2
(x), . . . , f
n
(x) are functions of n real variables x = (x
1
, . . . , x
n
) with
continuous second-order partial derivatives everywhere on R
n
. Suppose further that
there are constants c
ij
such that
∂f
i
∂x
j

∂f
j
∂x
i
= c
ij
for all i and j, 1 ≤ i ≤ n, 1 ≤ j ≤ n. Prove that there is a function g(x) on R
n
such
that f
i
+∂g/∂x
i
is linear for all i, 1 ≤ i ≤ n. (A linear function is one of the form
a
0
+a
1
x
1
+a
2
x
2
+ +a
n
x
n
.)
6. Let a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
be real numbers, and let b
1
, b
2
, . . . , b
n
be distinct positive integers.
Suppose that there is a polynomial f(x) satisfying the identity
(1 −x)
n
f(x) = 1 +
n
¸
i=1
a
i
x
b
i
.
Find a simple expression (not involving any sums) for f(1) in terms of b
1
, b
2
, . . . , b
n
and n (but independent of a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
).
7. Inscribe a rectangle of base b and height h in a circle of radius one, and inscribe
an isosceles triangle in the region of the circle cut off by one base of the rectangle
(with that side as the base of the triangle). For what value of h do the rectangle and
triangle have the same area?
8. Prove that there are only a finite number of possibilities for the ordered triple T =
(x − y, y − z, z − x), where x, y, z are complex numbers satisfying the simultaneous
equations
x(x −1) + 2yz = y(y −1) + 2zx +z(z −1) + 2xy,
and list all such triples T.
9. Let Γ consist of all polynomials in x with integer coefficienst. For f and g in Γ and
m a positive integer, let f ≡ g (mod m) mean that every coefficient of f − g is an
integral multiple of m. Let n and p be positive integers with p prime. Given that
f, g, h, r and s are in Γ with rf + sg ≡ 1 (mod p) and fg ≡ h (mod p), prove
that there exist F and G in Γ with F ≡ f (mod p), G ≡ g (mod p), and FG ≡ h
(mod p
n
).
3.3. 48
TH
ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 1987 77
10. For a positive real number r, let G(r) be the minimum value of [r −

m
2
+ 2n
2
[ for
all integers m and n. Prove or disprove the assertion that lim
r→∞
G(r) exists and
equals 0.
11. Let f(x, y, z) = x
2
+y
2
+z
2
+xyz. Let p(x, y, z), q(x, y, z), r(x, y, z) be polynomials
with real coefficients satisfying
f(p(x, y, z), q(x, y, z), r(x, y, z)) = f(x, y, z).
Prove or disprove the assertion that the sequence p, q, r consists of some permutation
of ±x, ±y, ±z, where the number of minus signs is 0 or 2.
12. Suppose A, B, C, D are n n matrices with entries in a field F, satisfying the condi-
tions that AB
T
andCD
T
are symmetric and AD
T
− BC
T
= I. Here I is the n n
identity matrix, and if M is an n n matrix, M
T
is its transpose. Prove that
A
T
D +C
T
B = I.
3.3 48
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1987
1. Curves A, B, C and D are defined in the plane as follows:
A =

(x, y) : x
2
−y
2
=
x
x
2
+y
2
¸
,
B =

(x, y) : 2xy +
y
x
2
+y
2
= 3
¸
,
C =

(x, y) : x
3
−3xy
2
+ 3y = 1
¸
,
D =

(x, y) : 3x
2
y −3x −y
3
= 0
¸
.
Prove that A ∩ B = C ∩ D.
2. The sequence of digits
123456789101112131415161718192021 . . .
is obtained by writing the positive integers in order. If the 10
n
-th digit in this sequence
occurs in the part of the sequence in which the m-digit numbers are placed, define
f(n) to be m. For example, f(2) = 2 because the 100th digit enters the sequence in
the placement of the two-digit integer 55. Find, with proof, f(1987).
78 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
3. For all real x, the real-valued function y = f(x) satisfies
y
tt
−2y
t
+y = 2e
x
.
(a) If f(x) > 0 for all real x, must f
t
(x) > 0 for all real x? Explain.
(b) If f
t
(x) > 0 for all real x, must f(x) > 0 for all real x? Explain.
4. Let P be a polynomial, with real coefficients, in three variables and F be a function
of two variables such that
P(ux, uy, uz) = u
2
F(y −x, z −x) for all real x, y, z, u,
and such that P(1, 0, 0) = 4, P(0, 1, 0) = 5, and P(0, 0, 1) = 6. Also let A, B, C be
complex numbers with P(A, B, C) = 0 and [B −A[ = 10. Find [C −A[.
5. Let

G(x, y) =

−y
x
2
+ 4y
2
,
x
x
2
+ 4y
2
, 0

.
Prove or disprove that there is a vector-valued function

F(x, y, z) = (M(x, y, z), N(x, y, z), P(x, y, z))
with the following properties:
(i) M, N, P have continuous partial derivatives for all (x, y, z) = (0, 0, 0);
(ii) Curl

F =

0 for all (x, y, z) = (0, 0, 0);
(iii)

F(x, y, 0) =

G(x, y).
6. For each positive integer n, let a(n) be the number of zeroes in the base 3 represen-
tation of n. For which positive real numbers x does the series

¸
n=1
x
a(n)
n
3
converge?
7. Evaluate

4
2

ln(9 −x) dx

ln(9 −x) +

ln(x + 3)
.
3.4. 49
TH
ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 1988 79
8. Let r, s and t be integers with 0 ≤ r, 0 ≤ s and r +s ≤ t. Prove that

s
0

t
r

+

s
1

t
r+1

+ +

s
s

t
r+s

=
t + 1
(t + 1 −s)

t−s
r

9. Let F be a field in which 1 + 1 = 0. Show that the set of solutions to the equation
x
2
+y
2
= 1 with x and y in F is given by (x, y) = (1, 0) and
(x, y) =

r
2
−1
r
2
+ 1
,
2r
r
2
+ 1

where r runs through the elements of F such that r
2
= −1.
10. Let (x
1
, y
1
) = (0.8, 0.6) and let x
n+1
= x
n
cos y
n
− y
n
sin y
n
and y
n+1
= x
n
sin y
n
+
y
n
cos y
n
for n = 1, 2, 3, . . .. For each of lim
n→∞
x
n
and lim
n→∞
y
n
, prove that the
limit exists and find it or prove that the limit does not exist.
11. Let O
n
be the n-dimensional vector (0, 0, , 0). Let M be a 2n n matrix of
complex numbers such that whenever (z
1
, z
2
, . . . , z
2n
)M = O
n
, with complex z
i
, not
all zero, then at least one of the z
i
is not real. Prove that for arbitrary real numbers
r
1
, r
2
, . . . , r
2n
, there are complex numbers w
1
, w
2
, . . . , w
n
such that
re

M

¸
¸
¸
w
1
.
.
.
w
n
¸

¸
¸
¸
¸
=

¸
¸
¸
r
1
.
.
.
r
n
¸

.
(Note: if C is a matrix of complex numbers, re(C) is the matrix whose entries are
the real parts of the entries of C.)
12. Let F be the field of p
2
elements, where p is an odd prime. Suppose S is a set of
(p
2
−1)/2 distinct nonzero elements of F with the property that for each a = 0 in F,
exactly one of a and −a is in S. Let N be the number of elements in the intersection
S ∩ ¦2a : a ∈ S¦. Prove that N is even.
3.4 49
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1988
1. Let R be the region consisting of the points (x, y) of the cartesian plane satisfying
both [x[ −[y[ ≤ 1 and [y[ ≤ 1. Sketch the region R and find its area.
80 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
2. A not uncommon calculus mistake is to believe that the product rule for derivatives
says that (fg)
t
= f
t
g
t
. If f(x) = e
x
2
, determine, with proof, whether there exists an
open interval (a, b) and a nonzero function g defined on (a, b) such that this wrong
product rule is true for x in (a, b).
3. Determine, with proof, the set of real numbers x for which

¸
n=1

1
n
csc
1
n
−1

x
converges.
4. (a) If every point of the plane is painted one of three colors, do there necessarily
exist two points of the same color exactly one inch apart?
(b) What if three is replaced by nine?
5. Prove that there exists a unique function f from the set R
+
of positive real numbers
to R
+
such that
f(f(x)) = 6x −f(x)
and
f(x) > 0
for all x > 0.
6. If a linear transformation A on an n-dimensional vector space has n +1 eigenvectors
such that any n of them are linearly independent, does it follow that A is a scalar
multiple of the identity? Prove your answer.
7. A composite (positive integer) is a product ab with a and b not necessarily distinct
integers in ¦2, 3, 4, . . .¦. Show that every composite is expressible as xy +xz +yz +1,
with x, y, z positive integers.
8. Prove or disprove: If x and y are real numbers with y ≥ 0 and y(y + 1) ≤ (x + 1)
2
,
then y(y −1) ≤ x
2
.
9. For every n in the set N = ¦1, 2, . . .¦ of positive integers, let r
n
be the minimum value
of [c − d

3[ for all nonnegative integers c and d with c + d = n. Find, with proof,
the smallest positive real number g with r
n
≤ g for all n ∈ N.
10. Prove that if
¸

n=1
a
n
is a convergent series of positive real numbers, then so is
¸

n=1
(a
n
)
n/(n+1)
.
3.5. 50
TH
ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 1989 81
11. For positive integers n, let M
n
be the 2n + 1 by 2n + 1 skew-symmetric matrix for
which each entry in the first n subdiagonals below the main diagonal is 1 and each
of the remaining entries below the main diagonal is -1. Find, with proof, the rank
of M
n
. (According to one definition, the rank of a matrix is the largest k such that
there is a k k submatrix with nonzero determinant.)
One may note that
M
1
=

¸
¸
0 −1 1
1 0 −1
−1 1 0
¸

M
2
=

¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
0 −1 −1 1 1
1 0 −1 −1 1
1 1 0 −1 −1
−1 1 1 0 −1
−1 −1 1 1 0
¸

12. Prove that there exist an infinite number of ordered pairs (a, b) of integers such that
for every positive integer t, the number at +b is a triangular number if and only if t
is a triangular number. (The triangular numbers are the t
n
= n(n + 1)/2 with n in
¦0, 1, 2, . . .¦)
3.5 50
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1989
1. How many primes among the positive integers, written as usual in base 10, are alter-
nating 1’s and 0’s, beginning and ending with 1?
2. Evaluate

a
0

b
0
e
max|b
2
x
2
,a
2
y
2
¦
dy dx where a and b are positive.
3. Prove that if
11z
10
+ 10iz
9
+ 10iz −11 = 0,
then [z[ = 1. (Here z is a complex number and i
2
= −1.)
4. If α is an irrational number, 0 < α < 1, is there a finite game with an honest coin
such that the probability of one player winning the game is α? (An honest coin is one
for which the probability of heads and the probability of tails are both
1
2
. A game is
finite if with probability 1 it must end in a finite number of moves.)
82 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
5. Let m be a positive integer and let ( be a regular (2m+1)-gon inscribed in the unit
circle. Show that there is a positive constant A, independent of m, with the following
property. For any points p inside ( there are two distinct vertices v
1
and v
2
of ( such
that
[ [p −v
1
[ −[p −v
2
[ [ <
1
m

A
m
3
.
Here [s −t[ denotes the distance between the points s and t.
6. Let α = 1 +a
1
x +a
2
x
2
+ be a formal power series with coefficients in the field of
two elements. Let
a
n
=

1 if every block of zeros in the binary expansion of n
has an even number of zeros in the block
0 otherwise.
(For example, a
36
= 1 because 36 = 100100
2
and a
20
= 0 because 20 = 10100
2
.)
Prove that α
3
+xα + 1 = 0.
7. A dart, thrown at random, hits a square target. Assuming that any two parts of the
target of equal area are equally likely to be hit, find the probability that the point hit
is nearer to the center than to any edge. Express your answer in the form
a

b +c
d
,
where a, b, c, d are integers.
8. Let S be a non-empty set with an associative operation that is left and right can-
cellative (xy = xz implies y = z, and yx = zx implies y = z).ssume that for every a
in S the set ¦a
n
: n = 1, 2, 3, . . .¦ is inite. Must S be a group?
9. Let f be a function on [0, ∞), differentiable and satisfying
f
t
(x) = −3f(x) + 6f(2x)
for x > 0. Assume that [f(x)[ ≤ e


x
for x ≥ 0 (so that f(x) tends rapidly to 0 as x
increases). For n a non-negative integer, define
µ
n
=


0
x
n
f(x) dx
(sometimes called the nth moment of f).
a) Express µ
n
in terms of µ
0
.
b) Prove that the sequence ¦µ
n
3
n
n!
¦ always converges, and that the limit is 0 only
if µ
0
= 0.
3.6. 51
TH
ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 1990 83
10. Can a countably infinite set have an uncountable collection of non-empty subsets such
that the intersection of any two of them is finite?
11. Label the vertices of a trapezoid T (quadrilateral with two parallel sides) inscribed
in the unit circle as A, B, C, D so that AB is parallel to CD and A, B, C, D are
in counterclockwise order. Let s
1
, s
2
, and d denote the lengths of the line segments
AB, CD, and OE, where E is the point of intersection of the diagonals of T, and O
is the center of the circle. Determine the least upper bound of
s
1
−s
2
d
over all such T
for which d = 0, and describe allases, if any, in which it is attained.
12. Let (x
1
, x
2
, . . . x
n
) be a point chosen at random from the n-dimensional region defined
by 0 < x
1
< x
2
< < x
n
< 1. Let f be a continuous function on [0, 1] with f(1) = 0.
Set x
0
= 0 and x
n+1
= 1. Show that the expected value of the Riemann sum
n
¸
i=0
(x
i+1
−x
i
)f(x
i+1
)
is

1
0
f(t)P(t) dt, where P is a polynomial of degree n, independent of f, with 0 ≤
P(t) ≤ 1 for 0 ≤ t ≤ 1.
3.6 51
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1990
1. Let
T
0
= 2, T
1
= 3, T
2
= 6,
and for n ≥ 3,
T
n
= (n + 4)T
n−1
−4nT
n−2
+ (4n −8)T
n−3
.
The first few terms are
2, 3, 6, 14, 40, 152, 784, 5168, 40576.
Find, with proof, a formula for T
n
of the form T
n
= A
n
+B
n
, where ¦A
n
¦ and ¦B
n
¦
are well-known sequences.
2. Is

2 the limit of a sequence of numbers of the form
3

n −
3

m (n, m = 0, 1, 2, . . .)?
3. Prove that any convex pentagon whose vertices (no three of which are collinear) have
integer coordinates must have area greater than or equal to
5
2
.
84 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
4. Consider a paper punch that can be centered at any point of the plane and that,
when operated, removes from the plane precisely those points whose distance from
the center is irrational. How many punches are needed to remove every point?
5. If A and B are square matrices of the same size such that ABAB = 0, does it follow
that BABA = 0?
6. If X is a finite set, let X denote the number of elements in X. Call an ordered pair
(S, T) of subsets of ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦ admissible if s > [T[ for each s ∈ S, and t > [S[ for
each t ∈ T. How many admissible ordered pairs of subsets of ¦1, 2, . . . , 10¦ are there?
Prove your answer.
7. Find all real-valued continuously differentiable functions f on the real line such that
for all x,
(f(x))
2
=

x
0
[(f(t))
2
+ (f
t
(t))
2
] dt + 1990.
8. Prove that for [x[ < 1, [z[ > 1,
1 +

¸
j=1
(1 +x
j
)P
j
= 0,
where P
j
is
(1 −z)(1 −zx)(1 −zx
2
) (1 −zx
j−1
)
(z −x)(z −x
2
)(z −x
3
) (z −x
j
)
.
9. Let S be a set of 22 integer matrices whose entries a
ij
(1) are all squares of integers
and, (2) satisfy a
ij
≤ 200. Show that if S has more than 50387 (= 15
4
−15
2
−15 +2)
elements, then it has two elements that commute.
10. Let G be a finite group of order n generated by a and b. Prove or disprove: there is
a sequence
g
1
, g
2
, g
3
, . . . , g
2n
such that
(1) every element of G occurs exactly twice, and
(2) g
i+1
equals g
i
a or g
i
b for i = 1, 2, . . . , 2n. (Interpret g
2n+1
as g
1
.)
11. Is there an infinite sequence a
0
, a
1
, a
2
, . . . of nonzero real numbers such that for n =
1, 2, 3, . . . the polynomial
p
n
(x) = a
0
+a
1
x +a
2
x
2
+ +a
n
x
n
has exactly n distinct real roots?
3.7. 52
TH
ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 1991 85
12. Let S be a nonempty closed bounded convex set in the plane. Let K be a line and t
a positive number. Let L
1
and L
2
be support lines for S parallel to K
1
, and let L be
the line parallel to K and midway between L
1
and L
2
. Let B
S
(K, t) be the band of
points whose distance from L is at most (t/2)w, where w is the distance between L
1
and L
2
. What is the smallest t such that
S ∩
¸
K
B
S
(K, t) = ∅
for all S? (K runs over all lines in the plane.)
3.7 52
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1991
1. A 23 rectangle has vertices as (0, 0), (2, 0), (0, 3), and (2, 3). It rotates 90

clockwise
about the point (2, 0). It then otates 90

clockwise about the point (5, 0), then 90

clockwise about the point (7, 0), and finally, 90

clockwise about the point (10, 0).
(The side originally on the x-axis is now back on the x-axis.) Find the area of the
region above the x-axis and below the curve traced out by the point whose initial
position is (1,1).
2. Let A and B be different nn matrices with real entries. If A
3
= B
3
and A
2
B = B
2
A,
can A
2
+B
2
be nvertible?
3. Find all real polynomials p(x) of degree n ≥ 2 for which there exist real numbers
r
1
< r
2
< < r
n
such that
(a) p(r
i
) = 0, i = 1, 2, . . . , n, and
(b) p
t

r
i
+r
i+1
2

= 0 i = 1, 2, . . . , n −1,
where p
t
(x) denotes the derivative of p(x).
4. Does there exist an infinite sequence of closed discs D
1
, D
2
, D
3
, . . . in the plane, with
centers c
1
, c
2
, c
3
, . . ., respectively, such that
(a) the c
i
have no limit point in the finite plane,
(b) the sum of the areas of the D
i
is finite, and
(c) every line in the plane intersects at least one of the D
i
?
86 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
5. Find the maximum value of

y
0

x
4
+ (y −y
2
)
2
dx
for 0 ≤ y ≤ 1.
6. Let A(n) denote the number of sums of positive integers
a
1
+a
2
+ +a
r
which add up to n with
a
1
> a
2
+a
3
, a
2
> a
3
+a
4
, . . .
a
r−2
> a
r−1
+a
r
, a
r−1
> a
r
Let B(n) denote the number of b
1
+b
2
+ +b
s
which add up to n, with
(a) b
1
≥ b
2
≥ . . . ≥ b
s
,
(b) each b
i
is in the sequence 1, 2, 4, . . . , g
j
, . . . defined by g
1
= 1, g
2
= 2, and
g
j
= g
j−1
+g
j−2
+ 1, and
(c) if b
1
= g
k
then every element in ¦1, 2, 4, . . . , g
k
¦ appears at least once as a b
i
.
Prove that A(n) = B(n) for each n ≥ 1.
(For example, A(7) = 5 because the relevant sums are 7, 6 +1, 5 +2, 4 +3, 4 +2 +1,
and B(7) = 5 because the relevant sums are 4 + 2 + 1, 2 + 2 + 2 + 1, 2 + 2 + 1 + 1 +
1, 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1, 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1.)
7. For each integer n ≥ 0, let S(n) = n − m
2
, where m is the greatest integer with
m
2
≤ n. Define a sequence (a
k
)

k=0
by a
0
= A and a
k+1
= a
k
+S(a
k
) for k ≥ 0. For
what positive integers A is this sequence eventually constant?
8. Suppose f and g are non-constant, differentiable, real-valued functions defined on
(−∞, ∞). Furthermore, suppose that for each pair of real numbers x and y,
f(x + y) = f(x)f(y) −g(x)g(y),
g(x + y) = f(x)g(y) +g(x)f(y).
If f
t
(0) = 0, prove that (f(x))
2
+ (g(x))
2
= 1 for all x.
9. Does there exist a real number L such that, if m and n are integers greater than L,
then an m n rectangle may be expressed as a nion of 4 6 and 5 7 rectangles,
any two of which intersect at most along their boundaries?
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10. Suppose p is an odd prime. Prove that
p
¸
j=0

p
j

p +j
j

≡ 2
p
+ 1 (mod p
2
).
11. Let p be an odd prime and let Z
p
denote (the field of) integers modulo p. How many
elements are in the set
¦x
2
: x ∈ Z
p
¦ ∩ ¦y
2
+ 1 : y ∈ Z
p
¦?
12. Let a and b be positive numbers. Find the largest number c, in terms of a and b, such
that
a
x
b
1−x
≤ a
sinh ux
sinh u
+b
sinh u(1 −x)
sinh u
for all u with 0 < [u[ ≤ c and for all x, 0 < x < 1. (Note: sinh u = (e
u
−e
−u
)/2.)
3.8 53
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1992
1. Prove that f(n) = 1 − n is the only integer-valued function defined on the integers
that satisfies the following conditions.
(i) f(f(n)) = n, for all integers n;
(ii) f(f(n + 2) + 2) = n for all integers n;
(iii) f(0) = 1.
2. Define C(α) to be the coefficient of x
1992
in the power series about x = 0 of (1 +x)
α
.
Evaluate

1
0

C(−y −1)
1992
¸
k=1
1
y +k

dy.
3. For a given positive integer m, find all triples (n, x, y) of positive integers, with n
relatively prime to m, which satisfy
(x
2
+y
2
)
m
= (xy)
n
.
88 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
4. Let f be an infinitely differentiable real-valued function defined on the real numbers.
If
f

1
n

=
n
2
n
2
+ 1
, n = 1, 2, 3, . . . ,
compute the values of the derivatives f
(k)
(0), k = 1, 2, 3, . . ..
5. For each positive integer n, let a
n
= 0 (or 1) if the number of 1’s in the binary
representation of n is even (or odd), respectively. Show that there do not exist
positive integers k and m such that
a
k+j
= a
k+m+j
= a
k+m+2j
,
for 0 ≤ j ≤ m−1.
6. Four points are chosen at random on the surface of a sphere. What is the probability
that the center of the sphere lies inside the tetrahedron whose vertices are at the
four points? (It is understood that each point is independently chosen relative to a
uniform distribution on the sphere.)
7. Let S be a set of n distinct real numbers. Let A
S
be the set of numbers that occur
as averages of two distinct elements of S. For a given n ≥ 2, what is the smallest
possible number of elements in A
S
?
8. For nonnegative integers n and k, define Q(n, k) to be the coefficient of x
k
in the
expansion of (1 +x +x
2
+ x
3
)
n
. Prove that
Q(n, k) =
k
¸
j=0

n
j

n
k −2j

,
where

a
b

is the standard binomial coefficient. (Reminder: For integers a and b with
a ≥ 0,

a
b

=
a!
b!(a−b)!
for 0 ≤ b ≤ a, with

a
b

= 0 otherwise.)
9. For any pair (x, y) of real numbers, a sequence (a
n
(x, y))
n≥0
is defined as follows:
a
0
(x, y) = x,
a
n+1
(x, y) =
(a
n
(x, y))
2
+y
2
2
, for n ≥ 0.
Find the area of the region
¦(x, y)[(a
n
(x, y))
n≥0
converges¦.
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10. Let p(x) be a nonzero polynomial of degree less than 1992 having no nonconstant
factor in common with x
3
−x. Let
d
1992
dx
1992

p(x)
x
3
−x

=
f(x)
g(x)
for polynomials f(x) and g(x). Find the smallest possible degree of f(x).
11. Let D
n
denote the value of the (n −1) (n −1) determinant

3 1 1 1 1
1 4 1 1 1
1 1 5 1 1
1 1 1 6 1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
1 1 1 1 n + 1
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
.
Is the set

Dn
n!
¸
n≥2
bounded?
12. Let M be a set of real n n matrices such that
(i) I ∈ M, where I is the n n identity matrix;
(ii) if A ∈ M and B ∈ M, then either AB ∈ M or −AB ∈ M, but not both;
(iii) if A ∈ M and B ∈ M, then either AB = BA or AB = −BA;
(iv) if A ∈ M and A = I, there is at least one B ∈ M such that AB = −BA.
Prove that M contains at most n
2
matrices.
3.9 54
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1993
1. The horizontal line y = c intersects the curve y = 2x − 3x
3
in the first quadrant as
in the figure. Find c so that the areas of the two shaded regions are equal. [Figure
not included. The first region is bounded by the y-axis, the line y = c and the curve;
the other lies under the curve and above the line y = c between their two points of
intersection.]
2. Let (x
n
)
n≥0
be a sequence of nonzero real numbers such that x
2
n
−x
n−1
x
n+1
= 1 for
n = 1, 2, 3, . . .. Prove there exists a real number a such that x
n+1
= ax
n
− x
n−1
for
all n ≥ 1.
90 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
3. Let {
n
be the set of subsets of ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦. Let c(n, m) be the number of functions
f : {
n
→ ¦1, 2, . . . , m¦ such that f(A∩ B) = min¦f(A), f(B)¦. Prove that
c(n, m) =
m
¸
j=1
j
n
.
4. Let x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
19
be positive integers each of which is less than or equal to 93. Let
y
1
, y
2
, . . . , y
93
be positive integers each of which is less than or equal to 19. Prove
that there exists a (nonempty) sum of some x
i
’s equal to a sum of some y
j
’s.
5. Show that

−10
−100

x
2
−x
x
3
−3x + 1

2
dx +
1
11
1
101

x
2
−x
x
3
−3x + 1

2
dx +
11
10
101
100

x
2
−x
x
3
−3x + 1

2
dx
is a rational number.
6. The infinite sequence of 2’s and 3’s
2, 3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 3, 2, . . .
as the property that, if one forms a second sequence that records the number of 3’s
between successive 2’s, the result is identical to the iven sequence. Show that there
exists a real number r such that, for ny n, the nth term of the sequence is 2 if and
only if n = 1 + rm| for some nonnegative integer m. (Note: xrfloor denotes the
largest integer less than or equal to x.)
7. Find the smallest positive integer n such that for every integer m with 0 < m < 1993,
there exists an integer k for which
m
1993
<
k
n
<
m + 1
1994
.
8. Consider the following game played with a deck of 2n cards numbered from 1 to 2n.
The deck is randomly shuffled and n cards are dealt to each of two players. Beginning
with A, the players take turns discarding one of their remaining cards and announcing
its number. The game ends as soon as the sum of the numbers on the discarded cards
is divisible by 2n + 1. The last person to discard wins the game. Assuming optimal
strategy by both A and B, what is the probability that A wins?
9. Two real numbers x and y are chosen at random in the interval (0,1) with respect
to the uniform distribution. What is the probability that he closest integer to x/y is
even? Express the answer in the form r +sπ, where r and s are rational numbers.
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ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 1994 91
10. The function K(x, y) is positive and continuous for 0 ≤ x ≤ 1, 0 ≤ y ≤ 1, and the
functions f(x) and g(x) are positive and continuous for 0 ≤ x ≤ 1. Suppose that for
all x, 0 ≤ x ≤ 1,

1
0
f(y)K(x, y) dy = g(x)
and

1
0
g(y)K(x, y) dy = f(x).
Show that f(x) = g(x) for 9 ≤ x ≤ 1.
11. Show there do not exist four points in the Euclidean plane such that the pairwise
distances between the points are all odd integers.
12. Let S be a set of three, not necessarily distinct, positive integers. Show that one can
transform S into a set containing 0 by a finite number of applications of the following
rule: Select two of the three integers, say x and y, where x < y and replace them
with 2x and y −x.
3.10 55
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1994
1. Let (a
n
) be a sequence of positive reals such that, for all n, a
n
≤ a
2n
+a
2n+1
. Prove
that
¸

n=1
a
n
diverges.
2. Find the positive value of m such that the area in the first quadrant enclosed by the
ellipse
x
2
9
+ y
2
= 1, the x-axis, and the line y = 2x/3 is equal to the area in the first
quadrant enclosed by the ellipse
x
2
9
+y
2
= 1, the y-axis, and the line y = mx.
3. Prove that the points of an isosceles triangle of side length 1 annot be colored in four
colors such that no two points at distance at least 2 −

2 from each other receive the
same color.
4. Let A and B be 2 2 matrices with integer entries such that each of A, A +B, A +
2B, A + 3B, A + 4B has an inverse with integer entries. Prove that the same must
be true of A+ 5B.
5. Let (r
n
) be a sequence of positive reals with limit 0. Let S be the set of all numbers
expressible in the form r
i
1
+ . . . + r
i
1994
for positive integers i
1
< i
2
< . . . < i
1994
.
Prove that every interval (a, b) contains a subinterval (c, d) whose intersection with
S is empty.
92 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
6. Let f
1
, . . . , f
10
be bijections of the integers such that for every integer n, there exists
a sequence i
1
, . . . , i
k
for some k such that f
i
1
◦ . . . ◦ f
i
k
(0) = n. Prove that if A is
any nonempty finite set, there exist at most 512 sequences (e
1
, . . . , e
10
) of zeroes and
ones such that f
e
1
1
◦ . . . ◦ f
e
10
10
maps A to A. (Here f
1
= f and f
0
means the identity
function.)
7. Find all positive integers n such that [n − m
2
[ ≤ 250 for exactly 15 nonnegative
integers m.
8. Find all c such that the graph of the function x
4
+9x
3
+cx
2
+ax+b meets some line
in four distinct points.
9. Let f(x) be a positive-valued function over the reals such that f
t
(x) > f(x) for all x.
For what k must there exist N such that f(x) > e
kx
for x > N?
10. Let A be the matrix

3 2
4 2

and for positive integers n, define d
n
as the greatest
common divisor of the entries of A
n
− I, where I = ((10)(01)). Prove that d
n
→ ∞
as n → ∞.
11. Fix n a positive integer. For α real, define f
α
(i) as the greatest integer less than or
equal to αi, and write f
k
for the k-th iterate of f (i.e. f
1
= f and f
k+1
= f ◦ f
k
).
Prove there exists α such that f
α
k (n
2
) = f
k
α
(n
2
) = n
2
−k for k = 1, . . . , n.
12. Suppose a, b, c, d are integers with 0 ≤ a ≤ bleq99, 0 ≤ c ≤ d ≤ 99. For any integer i,
let n
i
= 101i + 1002
i
. Show that if n
a
+ n
b
is congruent to n
c
+n
d
mod 10100, then
a = c and b = d.
3.11 56
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1995
1. Let S be a set of real numbers which is closed under multiplication (that is, if a and
b are in S, then so is ab). Let T and U be disjoint subsets of S whose union is S.
Given that the product of any three (not necessarily distinct) elements of T is in T
and that the product of any three elements of U is in U, show that at least one of
the two subsets T, U is closed under multiplication.
2. For what pairs (a, b) of positive real numbers does the improper integral


b


x +a −

x −


x −

x −b

dx
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TH
ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 1995 93
converge?
3. The number d
1
d
2
. . . d
9
has nine (not necessarily distinct) decimal digits. The number
e
1
e
2
. . . e
9
is such that each of the nine 9-digit numbers formed by replacing just one
of the digits d
i
is d
1
d
2
. . . d
9
by the corresponding digit e
i
(1 ≤ i ≤ 9) is divisible by 7.
The number f
1
f
2
. . . f
9
is related to e
1
e
2
. . . e
9
is the same way: that is, each of the nine
numbers formed by replacing one of the e
i
by the corresponding f
i
is divisible by 7.
Show that, for each i, d
i
−f
i
is divisible by 7. [For example, if d
1
d
2
. . . d
9
= 199501996,
then e
6
may be 2 or 9, since 199502996 and 199509996 are multiples of 7.]
4. Suppose we have a necklace of n beads. Each bead is labeled with an integer and the
sum of all these labels is n −1. Prove that we can cut the necklace to form a string
whose consecutive labels x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
satisfy
k
¸
i=1
x
i
≤ k −1 for k = 1, 2, . . . , n.
5. Let x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
be differentiable (real-valued) functions of a single variable f which
satisfy
dx
1
dt
= a
11
x
1
+a
12
x
2
+ +a
1n
x
n
dx
2
dt
= a
21
x
1
+a
22
x
2
+ +a
2n
x
n
.
.
.
.
.
.
dx
n
dt
= a
n1
x
1
+a
n2
x
2
+ +a
nn
x
n
for some constants a
ij
> 0. Suppose that for all i, x
i
(t) → 0 as t → ∞. Are the
functions x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
necessarily linearly dependent?
6. Suppose that each of n people writes down the numbers 1,2,3 in random order in
one column of a 3 n matrix, with all orders equally likely and with the orders for
different columns independent of each other. Let the row sums a, b, c of the resulting
matrix be rearranged (if necessary) so that a ≤ b ≤ c. Show that for some n ≥ 1995,
it is at least four times as likely that both b = a +1 and c = a +2 as that a = b = c.
7. For a partition π of ¦1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9¦, let π(x) be the number of elements in the
part containing x. Prove that for any two partitions π and π
t
, there are two distinct
numbers x and y in ¦1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9¦ such that π(x) = π(y) and π
t
(x) = π
t
(y).
[A partition of a set S is a collection of disjoint subsets (parts) whose union is S.]
94 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
8. An ellipse, whose semi-axes have lengths a and b, rolls without slipping on the curve
y = c sin

x
a

. How are a, b, c related, given that the ellipse completes one revolution
when it traverses one period of the curve?
9. To each positive integer with n
2
decimal digits, we associate the determinant of the
matrix obtained by writing the digits in order across the rows. For example, for
n = 2, to the integer 8617 we associate det

8 6
1 7

= 50. Find, as a function of n,
the sum of all the determinants associated with n
2
-digit integers. (Leading digits are
assumed to be nonzero; for example, for n = 2, there are 9000 determinants.)
10. Evaluate
8

2207 −
1
2207 −
1
2207−...
.
Express your answer in the form
a+b

c
d
, where a, b, c, d are integers.
11. A game starts with four heaps of beans, containing 3,4,5 and 6 beans. The two players
move alternately. A move consists of taking either
a) one bean from a heap, provided at least two beans are left behind in that heap,
or
b) a complete heap of two or three beans.
The player who takes the last heap wins. To win the game, do you want to move first
or second? Give a winning strategy.
12. For a positive real number α, define
S(α) = ¦nα| : n = 1, 2, 3, . . .¦.
Prove that ¦1, 2, 3, . . .¦ cannot be expressed as the disjoint union of three sets S(α), S(β)
and S(γ). [As usual, x| is the greatest integer ≤ x.]
3.12 57
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1996
1. Find the least number A such that for any two squares of combined area 1, a rectangle
of area A exists such that the two squares can be packed in the rectangle (without
interior overlap). You may assume that the sides of the squares are parallel to the
sides of the rectangle.
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ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 1996 95
2. Let C
1
and C
2
be circles whose centers are 10 units apart, and whose radii are 1 and
3. Find, with proof, the locus of all points M for which there exists points X on C
1
and Y on C
2
such that M is the midpoint of the line segment XY .
3. Suppose that each of 20 students has made a choice of anywhere from 0 to 6 courses
from a total of 6 courses offered. Prove or disprove: there are 5 students and 2 courses
such that all 5 have chosen both courses or all 5 have chosen neither course.
4. Let S be the set of ordered triples (a, b, c) of distinct elements of a finite set A.
Suppose that
(a) (a, b, c) ∈ S if and only if (b, c, a) ∈ S;
(b) (a, b, c) ∈ S if and only if (c, b, a) / ∈ S;
(c) (a, b, c) and (c, d, a) are both in S if and only if (b, c, d) and (d, a, b) are both in
S.
Prove that there exists a one-to-one function g from A to R such that g(a) < g(b) <
g(c) implies (a, b, c) ∈ S. Note: R is the set of real numbers.
5. If p is a prime number greater than 3 and k = 2p/3|, prove that the sum

p
1

+

p
2

+ +

p
k

of binomial coefficients is divisible by p
2
.
6. Let c > 0 be a constant. Give a complete description, with proof, of the set of all
continuous functions f : R → R such that f(x) = f(x
2
+c) for all x ∈ R. Note that
R denotes the set of real numbers.
7. Define a selfish set to be a set which has its own cardinality (number of elements)
as an element. Find, with proof, the number of subsets of ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦ which are
minimal selfish sets, that is, selfish sets none of whose proper subsets is selfish.
8. Show that for every positive integer n,

2n −1
e

2n−1
2
< 1 3 5 (2n −1) <

2n + 1
e

2n+1
2
.
9. Given that ¦x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
¦ = ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦, find, with proof, the largest possible value,
as a function of n (with n ≥ 2), of
x
1
x
2
+x
2
x
3
+ +x
n−1
x
n
+x
n
x
1
.
96 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
10. For any square matrix A, we can define sin A by the usual power series:
sin A =

¸
n=0
(−1)
n
(2n + 1)!
A
2n+1
.
Prove or disprove: there exists a 2 2 matrix A with real entries such that
sin A =

1 1996
0 1

.
11. Given a finite string S of symbols X and O, we write ∆(S) for the number of X’s in
S minus the number of O’s. For example, ∆(XOOXOOX) = −1. We call a string
S balanced if every substring T of (consecutive symbols of) S has −2 ≤ ∆(T) ≤ 2.
Thus, XOOXOOX is not balanced, since it contains the substring OOXOO. Find,
with proof, the number of balanced strings of length n.
12. Let (a
1
, b
1
), (a
2
, b
2
), . . . , (a
n
, b
n
) be the vertices of a convex polygon which contains
the origin in its interior. Prove that there exist positive real numbers x and y such
that
(a
1
, b
1
)x
a
1
y
b
1
+ (a
2
, b
2
)x
a
2
y
b
2
+ + (a
n
, b
n
)x
an
y
bn
= (0, 0)
3.13 58
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1997
1. A rectangle, HOMF, has sides HO = 11 and OM = 5. A triangle ABC has H
as the intersection of the altitudes, O the center of the circumscribed circle, M the
midpoint of BC, and F the foot of the altitude from A. What is the length of BC?
2. Players 1, 2, 3, . . . , n are seated around a table, and each has a single penny. Player
1 passes a penny to player 2, who then passes two pennies to player 3. Player 3 then
passes one penny to Player 4, who passes two pennies to Player 5, and so on, players
alternately passing one penny or two to the next player who still has some pennies.
A player who runs out of pennies drops out of the game and leaves the table. Find
an infinite set of numbers n for which some player ends up with all n pennies.
3. Evaluate


0

x −
x
3
2
+
x
5
2 4

x
7
2 4 6
+

1 +
x
2
2
2
+
x
4
2
2
4
2
+
x
6
2
2
4
2
6
2
+

dx.
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ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 1997 97
4. Let G be a group with identity e and φ : G → G a function such that
φ(g
1
)φ(g
2
)φ(g
3
) = φ(h
1
)φ(h
2
)φ(h
3
)
whenever g
1
g
2
g
3
= e = h
1
h
2
h
3
. Prove that there exists an element a ∈ G such that
ψ(x) = aφ(x) is a homomorphism (i.e. ψ(xy) = ψ(x)ψ(y) for all x, y ∈ G).
5. Let N
n
denote the number of ordered n-tuples of positive integers (a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
) such
that 1/a
1
+ 1/a
2
+. . . + 1/a
n
= 1. Determine whether N
10
is even or odd.
6. For a positive integer n and any real number c, define x
k
recursively by x
0
= 0,
x
1
= 1, and for k ≥ 0,
x
k+2
=
cx
k+1
−(n −k)x
k
k + 1
.
Fix n and then take c to be the largest value for which x
n+1
= 0. Find x
k
in terms
of n and k, 1 ≤ k ≤ n.
7. Let ¦x¦ denote the distance between the real number x and the nearest integer. For
each positive integer n, evaluate
F
n
=
6n−1
¸
m=1
min(¦
m
6n
¦, ¦
m
3n
¦).
(Here min(a, b) denotes the minimum of a and b.)
8. Let f be a twice-differentiable real-valued function satisfying
f(x) +f
tt
(x) = −xg(x)f
t
(x),
where g(x) ≥ 0 for all real x. Prove that [f(x)[ is bounded.
9. For each positive integer n, write the sum
¸
n
m=1
1/m in the form p
n
/q
n
, where p
n
and
q
n
are relatively prime positive integers. Determine all n such that 5 does not divide
q
n
.
10. Let a
m,n
denote the coefficient of x
n
in the expansion of (1 + x + x
2
)
m
. Prove that
for all [integers] k ≥ 0,
0 ≤
]
2k
3
|
¸
i=0
(−1)
i
a
k−i,i
≤ 1.
11. Prove that for n ≥ 2,
n terms
. .. .
2
2
···
2

n −1 terms
. .. .
2
2
···
2
(mod n).
98 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
12. The dissection of the 3–4–5 triangle shown below (into four congruent right triangles
similar to the original) has diameter 5/2. Find the least diameter of a dissection of
this triangle into four parts. (The diameter of a dissection is the least upper bound
of the distances between pairs of points belonging to the same part.)
3.14 59
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1998
1. A right circular cone has base of radius 1 and height 3. A cube is inscribed in the
cone so that one face of the cube is contained in the base of the cone. What is the
side-length of the cube?
2. Let s be any arc of the unit circle lying entirely in the first quadrant. Let A be the
area of the region lying below s and above the x-axis and let B be the area of the
region lying to the right of the y-axis and to the left of s. Prove that A+B depends
only on the arc length, and not on the position, of s.
3. Let f be a real function on the real line with continuous third derivative. Prove that
there exists a point a such that
f(a) f
t
(a) f
tt
(a) f
ttt
(a) ≥ 0.
4. Let A
1
= 0 and A
2
= 1. For n > 2, the number A
n
is defined by concatenating the
decimal expansions of A
n−1
and A
n−2
from left to right. For example A
3
= A
2
A
1
= 10,
A
4
= A
3
A
2
= 101, A
5
= A
4
A
3
= 10110, and so forth. Determine all n such that 11
divides A
n
.
5. Let T be a finite collection of open discs in R
2
whose union contains a set E ⊆ R
2
.
Show that there is a pairwise disjoint subcollection D
1
, . . . , D
n
in T such that
E ⊆ ∪
n
j=1
3D
j
.
Here, if D is the disc of radius r and center P, then 3D is the disc of radius 3r and
center P.
6. Let A, B, C denote distinct points with integer coordinates in R
2
. Prove that if
([AB[ +[BC[)
2
< 8 [ABC] + 1
then A, B, C are three vertices of a square. Here [XY [ is the length of segment XY
and [ABC] is the area of triangle ABC.
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TH
ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 1999 99
7. Find the minimum value of
(x + 1/x)
6
−(x
6
+ 1/x
6
) −2
(x + 1/x)
3
+ (x
3
+ 1/x
3
)
for x > 0.
8. Given a point (a, b) with 0 < b < a, determine the minimum perimeter of a triangle
with one vertex at (a, b), one on the x-axis, and one on the line y = x. You may
assume that a triangle of minimum perimeter exists.
9. let H be the unit hemisphere ¦(x, y, z) : x
2
+ y
2
+ z
2
= 1, z ≥ 0¦, C the unit circle
¦(x, y, 0) : x
2
+ y
2
= 1¦, and P the regular pentagon inscribed in C. Determine the
surface area of that portion of H lying over the planar region inside P, and write
your answer in the form Asin α +Bcos β, where A, B, α, β are real numbers.
10. Find necessary and sufficient conditions on positive integers m and n so that
mn−1
¸
i=0
(−1)
]i/m|+]i/n|
= 0.
11. Let N be the positive integer with 1998 decimal digits, all of them 1; that is,
N = 1111 11.
Find the thousandth digit after the decimal point of

N.
12. Prove that, for any integers a, b, c, there exists a positive integer n such that

n
3
+an
2
+bn +c
is not an integer.
3.15 60
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
1999
1. Find polynomials f(x),g(x), and h(x), if they exist, such that for all x,
[f(x)[ −[g(x)[ +h(x) =

−1 if x < −1
3x + 2 if −1 ≤ x ≤ 0
−2x + 2 if x > 0.
100 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
2. Let p(x) be a polynomial that is nonnegative for all real x. Prove that for some k,
there are polynomials f
1
(x), . . . , f
k
(x) such that
p(x) =
k
¸
j=1
(f
j
(x))
2
.
3. Consider the power series expansion
1
1 −2x −x
2
=

¸
n=0
a
n
x
n
.
Prove that, for each integer n ≥ 0, there is an integer m such that
a
2
n
+a
2
n+1
= a
m
.
4. Sum the series

¸
m=1

¸
n=1
m
2
n
3
m
(n3
m
+m3
n
)
.
5. Prove that there is a constant C such that, if p(x) is a polynomial of degree 1999,
then
[p(0)[ ≤ C

1
−1
[p(x)[ dx.
6. The sequence (a
n
)
n≥1
is defined by a
1
= 1, a
2
= 2, a
3
= 24, and, for n ≥ 4,
a
n
=
6a
2
n−1
a
n−3
−8a
n−1
a
2
n−2
a
n−2
a
n−3
.
Show that, for all n, a
n
is an integer multiple of n.
7. Right triangle ABC has right angle at C and ∠BAC = θ; the point D is chosen on
AB so that [AC[ = [AD[ = 1; the point E is chosen on BC so that ∠CDE = θ. The
perpendicular to BC at E meets AB at F. Evaluate lim
θ→0
[EF[.
8. Let P(x) be a polynomial of degree n such that P(x) = Q(x)P
tt
(x), where Q(x) is a
quadratic polynomial and P
tt
(x) is the second derivative of P(x). Show that if P(x)
has at least two distinct roots then it must have n distinct roots.
9. Let A = ¦(x, y) : 0 ≤ x, y < 1¦. For (x, y) ∈ A, let
S(x, y) =
¸
1
2

m
n
≤2
x
m
y
n
,
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TH
ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 1999 101
where the sum ranges over all pairs (m, n) of positive integers satisfying the indicated
inequalities. Evaluate
lim
(x,y)→(1,1),(x,y)∈A
(1 −xy
2
)(1 −x
2
y)S(x, y).
10. Let f be a real function with a continuous third derivative such that f(x), f
t
(x), f
tt
(x), f
ttt
(x)
are positive for all x. Suppose that f
ttt
(x) ≤ f(x) for all x. Show that f
t
(x) < 2f(x)
for all x.
11. For an integer n ≥ 3, let θ = 2π/n. Evaluate the determinant of the n n matrix
I +A, where I is the nn identity matrix and A = (a
jk
) has entries a
jk
= cos(jθ+kθ)
for all j, k.
12. Let S be a finite set of integers, each greater than 1. Suppose that for each integer
n there is some s ∈ S such that gcd(s, n) = 1 or gcd(s, n) = s. Show that there exist
s, t ∈ S such that gcd(s, t) is prime.
102 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
3.16 61
st
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
2000
1. Let A be a positive real number. What are the possible values of
¸

j=0
x
2
j
, given that
x
0
, x
1
, . . . are positive numbers for which
¸

j=0
x
j
= A?
2. Prove that there exist infinitely many integers n such that n, n+1, n+2 are each the
sum of the squares of two integers. [Example: 0 = 0
2
+ 0
2
, 1 = 0
2
+ 1
2
, 2 = 1
2
+ 1
2
.]
3. The octagon P
1
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
7
P
8
is inscribed in a circle, with the vertices around the
circumference in the given order. Given that the polygon P
1
P
3
P
5
P
7
is a square of
area 5, and the polygon P
2
P
4
P
6
P
8
is aectangle of area 4, find the maximum possible
area of the octagon.
4. Show that the improper integral
lim
B→∞

B
0
sin(x) sin(x
2
) dx
converges.
5. Three distinct points with integer coordinates lie in the plane on a circle of radius
r > 0. Show that two of these points are separated by a distance of at least r
1/3
.
6. Let f(x) be a polynomial with integer coefficients. Define a sequence a
0
, a
1
, . . . of
integers such that a
0
= 0 and a
n+1
= f(a
n
) for all n ≥ 0. Prove that if there exists a
positive integer m for which a
m
= 0 then either a
1
= 0 or a
2
= 0.
7. Let a
j
, b
j
, c
j
be integers for 1 ≤ j ≤ N. Assume for each j, at least one of a
j
, b
j
, c
j
is
odd. Show that there exist integers r, s, t such that ra
j
+sb
j
+tc
j
is odd for at least
4N/7 values of j, 1 ≤ j ≤ N.
8. Prove that the expression
gcd(m, n)
n

n
m

is an integer for all pairs of integers n ≥ m ≥ 1.
9. Let f(t) =
¸
N
j=1
a
j
sin(2πjt), where each a
j
is real and a
N
is not equal to 0. Let N
k
denote the number of zeroes (including multiplicities) of
d
k
f
dt
k
. Prove that
N
0
≤ N
1
≤ N
2
≤ and lim
k→∞
N
k
= 2N.
[Editorial clarification: only zeroes in [0, 1) should be counted.]
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ND
ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 2001 103
10. Let f(x) be a continuous function such that f(2x
2
−1) = 2xf(x) for all x. Show that
f(x) = 0 for −1 ≤ x ≤ 1.
11. Let S
0
be a finite set of positive integers. We define finite sets S
1
, S
2
, . . . of positive
integers as follows: the integer a is in S
n+1
if and only if exactly one of a −1 or a is
in S
n
. Show that there exist infinitely many integers N for which S
N
= S
0
∪¦N +a :
a ∈ S
0
¦.
12. Let B be a set of more than
2
n+1
n
distinct points with coordinates of the form
(±1, ±1, . . . , ±1) in n-dimensional space with n ≥ 3. Show that there are three
distinct points in B which are the vertices of an equilateral triangle.
3.17 62
nd
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
2001
1. Consider a set S and a binary operation ∗, i.e., for each a, b ∈ S, a ∗ b ∈ S. Assume
(a ∗ b) ∗ a = b for all a, b ∈ S. Prove that a ∗ (b ∗ a) = b for all a, b ∈ S.
2. You have coins C
1
, C
2
, . . . , C
n
. For each k, C
k
is biased so that, when tossed, it has
probability 1/(2k+1) of falling heads. If the n coins are tossed, what is the probability
that the number of heads is odd? Express the answer as a rational function of n.
3. For each integer m, consider the polynomial
P
m
(x) = x
4
−(2m+ 4)x
2
+ (m−2)
2
.
For what values of m is P
m
(x) the product of two non-constant polynomials with
integer coefficients?
4. Triangle ABC has an area 1. Points E, F, G lie, respectively, on sides BC, CA, AB
such that AE bisects BF at point R, BF bisects CG at point S, and CG bisects AE
at point T. Find the area of the triangle RST.
5. Prove that there are unique positive integers a, n such that a
n+1
−(a + 1)
n
= 2001.
6. Can an arc of a parabola inside a circle of radius 1 have a length greater than 4?
7. Let n be an even positive integer. Write the numbers 1, 2, . . . , n
2
in the squares of an
n n grid so that the k-th row, from left to right, is
(k −1)n + 1, (k −1)n + 2, . . . , (k −1)n +n.
104 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
Color the squares of the grid so that half of the squares in each row and in each column
are red and the other half are black (a checkerboard coloring is one possibility). Prove
that for each coloring, the sum of the numbers on the red squares is equal to the sum
of the numbers on the black squares.
8. Find all pairs of real numbers (x, y) satisfying the system of equations
1
x
+
1
2y
= (x
2
+ 3y
2
)(3x
2
+y
2
)
1
x

1
2y
= 2(y
4
−x
4
).
9. For any positive integer n, let 'n` denote the closest integer to

n. Evaluate

¸
n=1
2
/n)
+ 2
−/n)
2
n
.
10. Let S denote the set of rational numbers different from ¦−1, 0, 1¦. Define f : S → S
by f(x) = x −1/x. Prove or disprove that

¸
n=1
f
(n)
(S) = ∅,
where f
(n)
denotes f composed with itself n times.
11. Let a and b be real numbers in the interval (0, 1/2), and let g be a continuous real-
valued function such that g(g(x)) = ag(x) + bx for all real x. Prove that g(x) = cx
for some constant c.
12. Assume that (a
n
)
n≥1
is an increasing sequence of positive real numbers such that
lima
n
/n = 0. Must there exist infinitely many positive integers n such that a
n−i
+
a
n+i
< 2a
n
for i = 1, 2, . . . , n −1?
3.18 63
rd
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
2002
1. Let k be a fixed positive integer. The n-th derivative of
1
x
k
−1
has the form
Pn(x)
(x
k
−1)
n+1
where P
n
(x) is a polynomial. Find P
n
(1).
2. Given any five points on a sphere, show that some four of them must lie on a closed
hemisphere.
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RD
ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 2002 105
3. Let n ≥ 2 be an integer and T
n
be the number of non-empty subsets S of ¦1, 2, 3, . . . , n¦
with the property that the average of the elements of S is an integer. Prove that T
n
−n
is always even.
4. In Determinant Tic-Tac-Toe, Player 1 enters a 1 in an empty 3 3 matrix. Player
0 counters with a 0 in a vacant position, and play continues in turn until the 3 3
matrix is completed with five 1’s and four 0’s. Player 0 wins if the determinant is 0
and player 1 wins otherwise. Assuming both players pursue optimal strategies, who
will win and how?
5. Define a sequence by a
0
= 1, together with the rules a
2n+1
= a
n
and a
2n+2
= a
n
+a
n+1
for each integer n ≥ 0. Prove that every positive rational number appears in the set

a
n−1
a
n
: n ≥ 1

=

1
1
,
1
2
,
2
1
,
1
3
,
3
2
, . . .

.
6. Fix an integer b ≥ 2. Let f(1) = 1, f(2) = 2, and for each n ≥ 3, define f(n) = nf(d),
where d is the number of base-b digits of n. For which values of b does

¸
n=1
1
f(n)
converge?
7. Shanille O’Keal shoots free throws on a basketball court. She hits the first and misses
the second, and thereafter the probability that she hits the next shot is equal to the
proportion of shots she has hit so far. What is the probability she hits exactly 50 of
her first 100 shots?
8. Consider a polyhedron with at least five faces such that exactly three edges emerge
from each of its vertices. Two players play the following game:
Each player, in turn, signs his or her name on a previously unsigned
face. The winner is the player who first succeeds in signing three faces
that share a common vertex.
Show that the player who signs first will always win by playing as well as possible.
9. Show that, for all integers n > 1,
1
2ne
<
1
e

1 −
1
n

n
<
1
ne
.
106 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
10. An integer n, unknown to you, has been randomly chosen in the interval [1, 2002]
with uniform probability. Your objective is to select n in an odd number of guesses.
After each incorrect guess, you are informed whether n is higher or lower, and you
must guess an integer on your next turn among the numbers that are still feasibly
correct. Show that you have a strategy so that the chance of winning is greater than
2/3.
11. A palindrome in base b is a positive integer whose base-b digits read the same back-
wards and forwards; for example, 2002 is a 4-digit palindrome in base 10. Note that
200 is not a palindrome in base 10, but it is the 3-digit palindrome 242 in base 9, and
404 in base 7. Prove that there is an integer which is a 3-digit palindrome in base b
for at least 2002 different values of b.
12. Let p be a prime number. Prove that the determinant of the matrix

¸
¸
x y z
x
p
y
p
z
p
x
p
2
y
p
2
z
p
2
¸

is congruent modulo p to a product of polynomials of the formax+by+cz, where a, b, c
are integers. (We say two integer polynomials are congruent modulo p if corresponding
coefficients are congruent modulo p.)
3.19 64
th
Anual William Lowell Putnam Competition,
2003
1. Let n be a fixed positive integer. How many ways are there to write n as a sum of
positive integers,
n = a
1
+a
2
+ +a
k
with k an arbitrary positive integer and a
1
≤ a
2
≤ ≤ a
k
≤ a
1
+ 1? For example,
with n = 4, there are four ways: 4, 2+2, 1+1+2, 1+1+1+1.
2. Let a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
and b
1
, b
2
, . . . , b
n
be nonnegative real numbers. Show that
(a
1
a
2
a
n
)
1
n
+ (b
1
b
2
b
n
)
1
n
≤ ((a
1
+b
1
) (a
2
+b
2
) (a
n
+b
n
))
1
n
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TH
ANUAL WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION, 2003 107
3. Find the minimum value of
[ sinx + cos x + tanx + cot x + sec x + csc x[
for real numbers x.
4. Suppose that a, b, c, A, B, C are real numbers, a = 0 and A = 0, such that
[ax
2
+bx +c[ ≤ [Ax
2
+Bx +B[
for all real numbers x. Show that
[b
2
−4ac[ ≤ [B
2
−4AC[
5. A Dyck n-path is a lattice path of n upsteps (1,1) and n downsteps (1,-2) that starts
at the origin O and never dips below the x-axis. A return is a maximal sequence of
contigouous downsteps that terminates on the x-axis. For example, the Dyck 5-path
illustrated has two returns, of length 3 and 1 respectively.
u
u
u
u
u
u
u
u
u
u
u
O
Show that there is a one-to-one correspondence between the Dyck n-paths with no
returns of even length and the Dyck (n −1)-paths.
6. For a set S of nonnegative integers, let r
S
(n) denote the number of ordered pairs
(s
1
, s
2
) such that s
1
∈ S, s
2
∈ S, s
1
= s
2
and s
1
+s
2
= n. Is it possible to partition
the nonnegative integers into two sets A and B in such way that r
A
(n) = r
B
(n) for
all n?
7. Do They exist polynomials a(x), b(x), c(y), d(y) such that
1 +xy +x
2
y
2
= a(x)c(y) +b(x)d(y)
holds identically?
108 CHAPTER 3. WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM COMPETITION
8. Let n be a positive integer. Starting with the sequence
1,
1
2
,
1
3
, . . . ,
1
n
form a new sequence of n −1 entries
3
4
,
5
12
, . . . ,
2n −1
2n(n −1)
by taking the average of two consecutive entries in the first sequence. Repeat the
averaging of neigbors on sthe second sequence to obtain a third sequence of n − 2
entries and continue until the final sequence produced consists of a single number x
n
.
Show that x
n
<
2
n
.
9. Show that for each positive integer n,
n! =
n
¸
i=1
lcm

1, 2, . . . ,
¸
n
i
¸
(Here lcm denotes the least common multiple and x| denote the greatest integer
≤ x.)
10. Let f(z) = az
4
+bz
3
+cz
2
+dz+e = a(z−r
1
)(z−r
2
)(z−r
3
)(z−r
4
) where a, b, c, d, e
are integers, a = 0. Show that if r
1
+r
2
is a rational number, and if r
1
+r
2
= r
3
+r
4
,
then r
1
r
2
is a rational number.
11. Let A, B and C be qeuidistant points on the circumference of a circle of unit radius
centered at O, and let P be any point in the circle’s interior. Let a, b, c be the
distances from P to A, B, C respectively. Show that there is a triangle with sides
lengths a, b, c, and that the area of this triangle depends only on the distance from
P to O.
12. Let f(x) be a continuous real-valued function defined on the interval [0, 1]. Show that

1
0

1
0
[f(x) +f(y)[dxdy ≤

1
0
[f(x)[dx
Chapter 4
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical
Olympiads
4.1 1
st
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1989
1. Let x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
be positive real numbers, and let
S = x
1
+ x
2
+ +x
n
.
Prove that
(1 +x
1
)(1 +x
2
) (1 +x
n
) ≤ 1 +S +
S
2
2!
+
S
3
3!
+ +
S
n
n!
.
2. Prove that the equation
6(6a
2
+ 3b
2
+c
2
) = 5n
2
has no solutions in integers except a = b = c = n = 0.
3. Let A
1
, A
2
, A
3
be three points in the plane, and for convenience, let A
4
= A
1
,
A
5
= A
2
. For n = 1, 2, and 3, suppose that B
n
is the midpoint of A
n
A
n+1
, and
suppose that C
n
is the midpoint of A
n
B
n
. Suppose that A
n
C
n+1
and B
n
A
n+2
meet
at D
n
, and that A
n
B
n+1
and C
n
A
n+2
meet at E
n
. Calculate the ratio of the area of
triangle ´D
1
D
2
D
3
to the area of triangle ´E
1
E
2
E
3
.
4. Let S be a set consisting of m pairs (a, b) of positive integers with the property that
1 ≤ a < b ≤ n. Show that there are at least
4m
(m−
n
2
4
)
3n
109
110 CHAPTER 4. ASIATIC PACIFIC MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIADS
triples (a, b, c) such that (a, b), (a, c), and (b, c) belong to S.
5. Determine all functions f from the reals to the reals for which
(1) f(x) is strictly increasing,
(2) f(x) +g(x) = 2x for all real x,
where g(x) is the composition inverse function to f(x). (Note: f and g are said to
be composition inverses if f(g(x)) = x and g(f(x)) = x for all real x.)
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nd
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1990
1. Given triagnle ABC, let D, E, F be the midpoints of BC, AC, AB respectively and
let G be the centroid of the triangle.
For each value of ∠BAC, how many non-similar triangles are there in which AEGF
is a cyclic quadrilateral?
2. Let a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
be positive real numbers, and let S
k
be the sum of the products of
a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
taken k at a time. Show that
S
k
S
n−k

n
k

2
a
1
a
2
a
n
for k = 1, 2, . . . , n −1.
3. Consider all the triangles ABC which have a fixed base AB and whose altitude from
C is a constant h. For which of these triangles is the product of its altitudes a
maximum?
4. A set of 1990 persons is divided into non-intersecting subsets in such a way that:
(a) No one in a subset knows all the others in the subset,
(b) Among any three persons in a subset, there are always at least two who do not
know each other, and
(c) For any two persons in a subset who do not know each other, there is exactly
one person in the same subset knowing both of them.
a Prove that within each subset, every person has the same number of acquain-
tances.
b Determine the maximum possible number of subsets.
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Note: It is understood that if a person A knows person B, then person B will know
person A; an acquaintance is someone who is known. Every person is assumed to
know one’s self.
5. Show that for every integer n ≥ 6, there exists a convex hexagon which can be
dissected into exactly n congruent triangles.
4.3 3
rd
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1991
1. Let G be the centroid of triangle ´ABC and M be the midpoint of BC. Let X be
on AB and Y on AC such that the points X, Y , and G are collinear and XY and
BC are parallel. Suppose that XC and GB intersect at Q and Y B and GC intersect
at P. Show that triangle ´MPQ is similar to triangle ´ABC.
2. Suppose there are 997 points given in a plane. If every two points are joined by a
line segment with its midpoint coloured in red, show that there are at least 1991 red
points in the plane. Can you find a special case with exactly 1991 red points?
3. Let a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
, b
1
, b
2
, . . . , b
n
be positive real numbers such that a
1
+a
2
+ +a
n
=
b
1
+b
2
+ +b
n
. Show that
a
2
1
a
1
+b
1
+
a
2
2
a
2
+b
2
+ +
a
2
n
a
n
+b
n

a
1
+a
2
+ +a
n
2
4. During a break, n children at school sit in a circle around their teacher to play a
game. The teacher walks clockwise close to the children and hands out candies to
some of them according to the following rule. He selects one child and gives him a
candy, then he skips the next child and gives a candy to the next one, then he skips 2
and gives a candy to the next one, then he skips 3, and so on. Determine the values
of n for which eventually, perhaps after many rounds, all children will have at least
one candy each.
5. Given are two tangent circles and a point P on their common tangent perpendicular
to the lines joining their centres. Construct with ruler and compass all the circles
that are tangent to these two circles and pass through the point P.
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th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1992
1. A triangle with sides a, b, and c is given. Denote by s the semiperimeter, that is
112 CHAPTER 4. ASIATIC PACIFIC MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIADS
s =
a+b+c
2
. Construct a triangle with sides s − a, s − b, and s − c. This process is
repeated until a triangle can no longer be constructed with the side lengths given.
For which original triangles can this process be repeated indefinitely?
2. In a circle C with centre O and radius r, let C
1
, C
2
be two circles with centres O
1
,
O
2
and radii r
1
, r
2
respectively, so that each circle C
i
is internally tangent to C at
A
i
and so that C
1
, C
2
are externally tangent to each other at A.Prove that the three
lines OA, O
1
A
2
, and O
2
A
1
are concurrent.
3. Let n be an integer such that n > 3. Suppose that we choose three numbers from the
set ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦. Using each of these three numbers only once and using addition,
multiplication, and parenthesis, let us form all possible combinations.
(a) Show that if we choose all three numbers greater than n/2, then thealues of
these combinations are all distinct.
(b) Let p be a prime number such that p ≤

n. Show that the number of ways
of choosing three numbers so that the smallest one is p and the values of the
combinations are not all distinct is precisely the number of positive divisors of
p −1.
4. Determine all pairs (h, s) of positive integers with the following property: If one draws
h horizontal lines and another s lines which satisfy:
i they are not horizontal,
ii no two of them are parallel,
iii no three of the h +s lines are concurrent,
then the number of regions formed by these h +s lines is 1992.
5. Find a sequence of maximal length consisting of non-zero integers in which the sum
of any seven consecutive terms is positive and that of any eleven consecutive terms
is negative.
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th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1993
1. Let ABCD be a quadrilateral such that all sides have equal length and angle ABC is
60 deg. Let l be a line passing through D and not intersecting the quadrilateral (except
at D). Let E and F be the points of intersection of l with AB and BC respectively.
Let M be the point of intersection of CE and AF. Prove that CA
2
= CM CE.
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2. Find the total number of different integer values the function
f(x) = [x] + [2x] + [
5x
3
] + [3x] + [4x]
takes for real numbers x with 0 ≤ x ≤ 100.
3. Let

f(x) = a
n
x
n
+a
n−1
x
n−1
+ +a
0
and
g(x) = c
n+1
x
n+1
+c
n
x
n
+ +c
0
be non-zero polynomials with real coefficients such that g(x) = (x +r)f(x) for some
real number r. If a = max([a
n
[, . . . , [a
0
[) and c = max([c
n+1
[, . . . , [c
0
[), prove that
a
c
≤ n + 1.
4. Determine all positive integers n for which the equation
x
n
+ (2 +x)
n
+ (2 −x)
n
= 0
has an integer as a solution.
5. Let P
1
, P
2
, . . . , P
1993
= P
0
be distinct points in the xy-plane with the following
properties:
i both coordinates of P
i
are integers, for i = 1, 2, . . . , 1993;
ii there is no point other than P
i
and P
i+1
on the line segment joining P
i
with P
i+1
whose coordinates are both integers, for i = 0, 1, . . . , 1992.
Prove that for some i, 0 ≤ i ≤ 1992, there exists a point Q with coordinates (q
x
, q
y
)
on the line segment joining P
i
with P
i+1
such that both 2q
x
and 2q
y
are odd integers.
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th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1994
1. Let f : R →R be a function such that:
i For all x, y ∈ R,
f(x) +f(y) + 1 ≥ f(x +y) ≥ f(x) +f(y)
ii For all x ∈ [0, 1), f(0) ≥ f(x),
iii −f(−1) = f(1) = 1.
114 CHAPTER 4. ASIATIC PACIFIC MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIADS
Find all such functions f.
2. Given a nondegenerate triangle ´ABC, with circumcentre O, orthocentre H, and
circumradius R, prove that [OH[ < 3R.
3. Let n be an integer of the form a
2
+ b
2
, where a and b are relatively prime integers
and such that if p is a prime, p ≤

n, then p divides ab. Determine all such n.
4. Is there an infinite set of points in the plane such that no three points are collinear,
and the distance between any two points is rational?
5. You are given three lists A, B, and C. List A contains the numbers of the form 10
k
in base 10, with k any integer greater than or equal to 1. Lists B and C contain the
same numbers translated into base 2 and 5 respectively:
A B C
10 1010 20
100 1100100 400
1000 1111101000 13000
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Prove that for every integer n > 1, there is exactly one number in exactly one of the
lists B or C that has exactly n digits.
4.7 7
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1995
1. Determine all sequences of real numbers a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
1995
which satisfy:
2

a
n
−(n −1) ≥ a
n+1
−(n −1), for n = 1, 2, . . . 1994,
and
2

a
1995
−1994 ≥ a
1
+ 1.
2. Let a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
be a sequence of integers with values between 2 and 1995 such
that:
i Any two of the a
i
’s are realtively prime,
ii Each a
i
is either a prime or a product of primes.
Determine the smallest possible values of n to make sure that the sequence will contain
a prime number.
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3. Let PQRS be a cyclic quadrilateral such that the segments PQ and RS are not
parallel. Consider the set of circles through P and Q, and the set of circles through
R and S. Determine the set A of points of tangency of circles in these two sets.
4. Let C be a circle with radius R and centre O, and S a fixed point in the interior of
C. Let AA
t
and BB
t
be perpendicular chords through S. Consider the rectangles
SAMB, SBN
t
A
t
, SA
t
M
t
B
t
, and SB
t
NA. Find the set of all points M, N
t
, M
t
, and
N when A moves around the whole circle.
5. Find the minimum positive integer k such that there exists a function f from the
set Z of all integers to ¦1, 2, . . . k¦ with the property that f(x) = f(y) whenever
[x −y[ ∈ ¦5, 7, 12¦.
4.8 8
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1996
1. Let ABCD be a quadrilateral AB = BC = CD = DA. Let MN and PQ be
two segments perpendicular to the diagonal BD and such that the distance between
them is d > BD/2, with M ∈ AD, N ∈ DC, P ∈ AB, and Q ∈ BC. Show that the
perimeter of hexagon AMNCQP does not depend on the position of MN and PQ
so long as the distance between them remains constant.
2. Let m and n be positive integers such that n ≤ m. Prove that
2
n
n! ≤
(m+n)!
(m−n)!
≤ (m
2
+m)
n
3. Let P
1
, P
2
, P
3
, P
4
be four points on a circle, and let I
1
be the incentre of the triangle
P
2
P
3
P
4
; I
2
be the incentre of the triangle P
1
P
3
P
4
; I
3
be the incentre of the triangle
P
1
P
2
P
4
; I
4
be the incentre of the triangle P
1
P
2
P
3
. Prove that I
1
, I
2
, I
3
, I
4
are the
vertices of a rectangle.
4. The National Marriage Council wishes to invite n couples to form 17 discussion groups
under the following conditions:
(a) All members of a group must be of the same sex; i.e. they are either all male or
all female.
(b) The difference in the size of any two groups is 0 or 1.
(c) All groups have at least 1 member.
(d) Each person must belong to one and only one group.
116 CHAPTER 4. ASIATIC PACIFIC MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIADS
Find all values of n, n ≤ 1996, for which this is possible. Justify your answer.
5. Let a, b, c be the lengths of the sides of a triangle. Prove that

a +b −c +

b +c −a +

c +a −b ≤

a +

b +

c ,
and determine when equality occurs.
4.9 9
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1997
1. Given
S = 1 +
1
1 +
1
3
+
1
1 +
1
3
+
1
6
+ +
1
1 +
1
3
+
1
6
+ +
1
1993006
where the denominators contain partial sums of the sequence of reciprocals of trian-
gular numbers (i.e. k = n(n + 1)/2 for n = 1, 2, . . . , 1996). Prove that S > 1001.
2. Find an integer n, where 100 ≤ n ≤ 1997, such that
2
n
+ 2
n
is also an integer.
3. Let ´ABC be a triangle inscribed in a circle and let
l
a
=
m
a
M
a
, l
b
=
m
b
M
b
, l
c
=
m
c
M
c
,
where m
a
, m
b
, m
c
are the lengths of the angle bisectors (internal to the triangle) and
M
a
, M
b
, M
c
are the lengths of the angle bisectors extended until they meet the circle.
Prove that
l
a
sin
2
A
+
l
b
sin
2
B
+
l
c
sin
2
C
≥ 3,
and that equality holds iff ABC is an equilateral triangle.
4. Triangle ´A
1
A
2
A
3
has a right angle at A
3
. A sequence of points is now defined by
the following iterative process, where n is a positive integer. From A
n
(n ≥ 3), a
perpendicular line is drawn to meet A
n−2
A
n−1
at A
n+1
.
(a) Prove that if this process is continued indefinitely, then one and only one point
P is interior to every triangle A
n−2
A
n−1
A
n
, n ≥ 3.
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(b) Let A
1
and A
3
be fixed points. By considering all possible locations of A
2
on
the plane, find the locus of P.
5. Suppose that n people A
1
, A
2
, . . ., A
n
, (n ≥ 3) are seated in a circle and that A
i
has
a
i
objects such that
a
1
+a
2
+ +a
n
= nN,
where N is a positive integer. In order that each person has the same number of
objects, each person A
i
is to give or to receive a certain number of objects to or from
its two neighbours A
i−1
and A
i+1
. (Here A
n+1
means A
1
and A
n
means A
0
.) How
should this redistribution be performed so that the total number of objects transferred
is minimum?
4.10 10
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1998
1. Let F be the set of all n−tuples (A
1
, . . . , A
n
) such that each A
i
is a subset of
¦1, 2, . . . , 1998¦. Let [A[ denote the number of elements of the set A. Find:
¸
(A
1
,...,An)∈F
[A
1
∪ ∪ A
n
[
2. Show that for any positive integers a and b, (36a +b)(a +36b) can not be a power of
2.
3. Let a, b, c be positive real numbers. Pruve that:

1 +
a
b

1 +
b
c

1 +
c
a

≥ 2

1 +
a +b +c
3

abc

4. Let ´ABC be a triangle and D the foot of the altitude from A. Let E and F lie on
a line through D such that AE is perpendicular to BC, AF is perpendicular to CF,
and E and F are different from D. Let M and N be the midpoint of the segments
BC and EF, respectively. Prove that AN is perpendicular to NM.
5. Find the largest integer n such that n is divisible by all positive integers less than
3

n.
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4.11 11
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 1999
1. Find the smallest positive integer n with the following property: there does not exist
an arithmetic progression of 1999 real numbers containing exactly n integers.
2. Let a
1
, a
2
, . . . be a sequence of real numbers satisfying a
i+j
≤ a
i
+ a
j
for all i, j =
1, 2, . . .. Prove that
a
1
+
a
2
2
+
a
3
3
+ +
a
n
n
≥ a
n
for each positive integer n.
3. Let Γ
1
and Γ
2
be two circles intersecting at P and Q. The common tangent, closer
to P, of Γ
1
and Γ
2
touches Γ
1
at A and Γ
2
at B. The tangent of Γ
1
at P meets Γ
2
at
C, which is different from P, and the extension of AP meets BC at R. Prove that
the circumcircle of triangle PQR is tangent to BP and BR.
4. Determine all pairs (a, b) of integers with the property that the numbers a
2
+4b and
b
2
+ 4a are both perfect squares.
5. Let S be a set of 2n + 1 points in the plane such that no three are collinear and no
four concyclic. A circle will be called good if it has 3 points of S on its circumference,
n −1 points in its interior and n −1 points in its exterior. Prove that the number of
good circles has the same parity as n.
4.12 12
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 2000
1. Compute the sum
S =
101
¸
i=0
x
3
i
1 −3x
i
+ 3x
2
i
for
x
i
=
i
101
2. Given the following triangular arrangement of circles:
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Each of the numbers 1, . . . , 9 is to be written into one of these circles, so that each
circle contain exactly one of these numbers and:
i the sum of the four numbers on each side of the triangle are equal;
ii the sum of the squares of the four numbers on each side of the triangle are equal.
Find all ways in which this can be done.
3. Let ´ABC be a triangle. Let M and N be the points in which the median and the
angle bisector, respectively, at A meet the side BC. Let Q and P be the point in
which the perpendicular at N to NA meets MA and BA, respectively, and O the
point in which the perpendicular at P to BA meets AN produced. Prove that QO
is perpendicular to BC.
4. Let n, k be given positive integers with n > k. Prove that
1
n + 1

n
n
k
k
(n −k)
n−k
<
n!
k! (n −k)!
<
n
n
k
k
(n −k)
n−k
5. Given a permutation (a
0
, a
1
, . . . , a
n
) of the sequence 0, 1, . . . , n. A transposition of
a
i
with a
j
is called legal if a
i
= 0 for i > 0, and a
i−1
+ 1 = a
j
. The permu-
tation (a
0
, . . . , a
n
) is called regular if after a number of transpositions it becomes
(1, 2, . . . , n, 0). For which numbers n is the permutation (1, n, n − 1, . . . , 3, 2, 0) reg-
ular?
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th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 2001
1. For a positive integer n let S(n) be the sum of digits in the decimal representation of
n. Any positive integer obtained by removing several (at least one) digits from the
120 CHAPTER 4. ASIATIC PACIFIC MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIADS
right-hand end of the decimal representation of n is called a stump of n. Let T(n)
be the sum of all stumps of n. Prove that n = S(n) + 9T(n).
2. Find the largest positive integer N so that the number of integers in the set ¦1, 2, . . . , N¦
which are divisible by 3 is equal to the number of integers which are divisible by 5 or
7 (or both).
3. Let two equal regular n-gons S and T be located in the plane such that their inter-
section is a 2n-gon (n ≥ 3). The sides of the polygon S are coloured in red and the
sides of T in blue. Prove that the sum of the lengths of the blue sides of the polygon
S ∩ T is equal to the sum of the lengths of its red sides.
4. A point in the plane with a cartesian coordinate system is called a mixed point if one
of its coordinates is rational and the other one is irrational. Find all polynomials
with real coefficients such that their graphs do not contain any mixed point.
5. Find the greatest integer n, such that there are n+4 points A, B, C, D, X
1
, . . . , X
n
in
the plane with AB = CD that satisfy the following condition: for each i = 1, 2, . . . , n
triangles ABX
i
and CDX
i
are equal.
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th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 2002
1. Let a
1
, a
2
, a
3
, . . . , a
n
be a sequence of non-negative integers, where n is a positive
integer. Let
A
n
=
a
1
+ a
2
+ +a
n
n
.
Prove that
a
1
!a
2
! . . . a
n
! ≥ (A
n
|!)
n
,
where A
n
| is the greatest integer less than or equal to A
n
, and a! = 1 2 a
for a ≥ 1 (and 0! = 1). When does equality hold?
2. Find all positive integers a and b such that
a
2
+b
b
2
−a
and
b
2
+a
a
2
−b
are both integers.
3. Let ´ABC be an equilateral triangle. Let P be a point on the side AC and Q be a
point on the side AB so that both triangles ´ABP and ´ACQ are acute. Let R be
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the orthocentre of triangle ABP and S be the orthocentre of triangle ACQ. Let T be
the point common to the segments BP and CQ. Find all possible values of CBP
and BCQ such that triangle ´TRS is equilateral.
4. Let x, y, z be positive numbers such that
1
x
+
1
y
+
1
z
= 1.
Show that

x +yz +

y +zx +

z +xy ≥

xyz +

x +

y +

z.
5. Let R denote the set of all real numbers. Find all functions f from R to R satisfying:
(i) there are only finitely many s in R such that f(s) = 0, and
(ii) f(x
4
+y) = x
3
f(x) +f(f(y)) for all x, y in R.
4.15 15
th
Asiatic Pacific Mathematical Olympiad, 2003
1. Let a, b, c, d, e, f be real numbers such that the polynomial
p(x) = x
8
−4x
7
+ 7x
6
+ax
5
+bx
4
+cx
3
+dx
2
+ex +f
factorises into eight linear factors x − x
i
, with x
i
> 0 for i = 1, 2, . . . , 8. Determine
all possible values of f.
2. Suppose ABCD is a square piece of cardboard with side length a. On a plane are
two parallel lines
1
and
2
, which are also a units apart. The square ABCD is placed
on the plane so that sides AB and AD intersect
1
at E and F respectively. Also,
sides CB and CD intersect
2
at G and H respectively. Let the perimeters of ´AEF
and ´CGH be m
1
and m
2
respectively. Prove that no matter how the square was
placed, m
1
+m
2
remains constant.
3. Let k ≥ 14 be an integer, and let p
k
be the largest prime number which is strictly
less than k. You may assume that p
k
≥ 3k/4. Let n be a composite integer. Prove:
(a) if n = 2p
k
, then n does not divide (n −k)! ;
(b) if n > 2p
k
, then n divides (n −k)!
4. Let a, b, c be the sides of a triangle, with a +b + c = 1, and let n ≥ 2 be an integer.
Show that
n

a
n
+b
n
+
n

b
n
+c
n
+
n

c
n
+a
n
< 1 +
n

2
2
.
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5. Given two positive integers m and n, find the smallest positive integer k such that
among any k people, either there are 2m of them who form m pairs of mutually
acquainted people or there are 2n of them forming n pairs of mutually unacquainted
people.
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th
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1. Determine all finite nonempty sets S of positive integers satisfying
i +j
(i, j)
is an element of S for all i, j in S
where (i, j) is the greatest common divisor of i and j.
2. Let O be the circumcentre and H the orthocentre of an acute triangle ´ABC. Prove
that the area of one of the triangles ´AOH, ´BOH and ´COH is equal to the sum
of the areas of the other two.
3. Let a set S of 2004 points in the plane be given, no three of which are collinear. Let
L denote the set of all lines (extended indefinitely in both directions) determined by
pairs of points from the set. Show that it is possible to colour the points of S with at
most two colours, such that for any points p, q of S, the number of lines in L which
separate p from q is odd if and only if p and q have the same colour.
Note: A line separates two points p and q if p and q lie on opposite sides of with
neither point on .
4. For a real number x, let x| stand for the largest integer that is less than or equal to
x. Prove that
¸
(n −1)!
n(n + 1)
¸
is even for every positive integer n.
5. Prove that
(a
2
+ 2)(b
2
+ 2)(c
2
+ 2) ≥ 9(ab +bc +ca)
for all real numbers a, b, c > 0.
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5.1 18
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1989
1. For each positive integer n, let
S
n
= 1 +
1
2
+
1
3
+ +
1
n
,
T
n
= S
1
+S
2
+S
3
+ +S
n
,
U
n
=
T
1
2
+
T
2
3
+
T
3
4
+ +
T
n
n + 1
.
Find, with proof, integers 0 < a, b, c, d < 1000000 such that T
1988
= aS
1989
− b and
U
1988
= cS
1989
−d.
2. The 20 members of a local tennis club have scheduled exactly 14 two-person games
among themselves, with each member playing in at least one game. Prove that within
this schedule there must be a set of 6 games with 12 distinct players.
3. Let P(z) = z
n
+c
1
z
n−1
+c
2
z
n−2
+ +c
n
be a polynomial in the complex variable z,
with real coefficients c
k
. Suppose that [P(i)[ < 1. Prove that there exist real numbers
a and b such that P(a +bi) = 0 and (a
2
+b
2
+ 1)
2
< 4b
2
+ 1.
4. Let ABC be an acute-angled triangle whose side lengths satisfy the inequalities AB <
AC < BC. If point I is the center of the inscribed circle of triangle ABC and point
O is the center of the circumscribed circle, prove that line IO intersects segments AB
and BC.
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124 CHAPTER 5. USA MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD
5. Let u and v be real numbers such that
(u +u
2
+u
3
+ +u
8
) + 10u
9
= (v +v
2
+v
3
+ +v
10
) + 10v
11
= 8.
Determine, with proof, which of the two numbers, u or v, is larger.
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th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1990
1. A certain state issues license plates consisting of six digits (from 0 through 9). The
state requires that any two plates differ in at least two places. (Thus the plates
027592 and 020592 cannot both be used.) Determine, with proof, the maximum
number of distinct license plates that the state can use.
2. A sequence of functions ¦f
n
(x)¦ is defined recursively as follows:
f
1
(x) =

x
2
+ 48, and
f
n+1
(x) =

x
2
+ 6f
n
(x) for n ≥ 1.
(Recall that

is understood to represent the positive square root.) For each
positive integer n, find all real solutions of the equation f
n
(x) = 2x.
3. Suppose that necklace A has 14 beads and necklace B has 19. Prove that for any
odd integer n ≥ 1, there is a way to number each of the 33 beads with an integer
from the sequence
¦n, n + 1, n + 2, . . . , n + 32¦
so that each integer is used once, and adjacent beads correspond to relatively prime
integers. (Here a “necklace” is viewed as a circle in which each bead is adjacent to
two other beads.)
4. Find, with proof, the number of positive integers whose base-n representation consists
of distinct digits with the property that, except for the leftmost digit, every digit
differs by ±1 from some digit further to the left. (Your answer should be an explicit
function of n in simplest form.)
5. An acute-angled triangle ABC is given in the plane. The circle with diameter AB
intersects altitude CC
t
and its extension at points M and N , and the circle with
diameter AC intersects altitude BB
t
and its extensions at P and Q. Prove that
the points M, N, P, Q lie on a common circle.
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5.3 20
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1991
1. In triangle ABC, angle A is twice angle B, angle C is obtuse, and the three side
lengths a, b, c are integers. Determine, with proof, the minimum possible perimeter.
2. For any nonempty set S of numbers, let σ(S) and π(S) denote the sum and product,
respectively, of the elements of S . Prove that
¸
σ(S)
π(S)
= (n
2
+ 2n) −

1 +
1
2
+
1
3
+ +
1
n

(n + 1),
where “Σ” denotes a sum involving all nonempty subsets S of
¦1, 2, 3, . . . , n¦.
3. Show that, for any fixed integer n ≥ 1, the sequence
2, 2
2
, 2
2
2
, 2
2
2
2
, . . . (mod n)
is eventually constant.
[The tower of exponents is defined by a
1
= 2, a
i+1
= 2
a
i
. Also a
i
(mod n) means the
remainder which results from dividing a
i
by n.]
4. Let a = (m
m+1
+ n
n+1
)/(m
m
+ n
n
), where m and n are positive integers. Prove
that a
m
+a
n
≥ m
m
+n
n
.
[You may wish to analyze the ratio (a
N
−N
N
)/(a −N), for real a ≥ 0 and integer
N ≥ 1.]
5. Let D be an arbitrary point on side AB of a given triangle ABC, and let E be
the interior point where CD intersects the external common tangent to the incircles
of triangles CD and BCD. As D assumes all positions between A, and B, prove
that the point E traces the arc of a circle.
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st
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1992
1. Find, as a function of n, the sum of the digits of
9 99 9999

10
2
n
−1

,
where each factor has twice as many digits as the previous one.
126 CHAPTER 5. USA MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD
2. Prove
1
cos 0

cos 1

+
1
cos 1

cos 2

+ +
1
cos 88

cos 89

=
cos 1

sin
2
1

.
3. For a nonempty set S of integers, let σ(S) be the sum of the elements of S. Suppose
that A = ¦a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
11
¦ is a set of positive integers with a
1
< a
2
< < a
11
and
that, for each positive integer n ≤ 1500, there is a subset S of A for which σ(S) = n.
What is the smallest possible value of a
10
?
4. Chords AA
t
, BB
t
, CC
t
of a sphere meet at an interior point P but are not con-
tained in a plane. The sphere through A, B, C, P is tangent to the sphere through
A
t
, B
t
, C
t
, P. Prove that AA
t
= BB
t
= CC
t
.
5. Let P(z) be a polynomial with complex coefficients which is of degree 1992 and has
distinct zeros. Prove that there exist complex numbers a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
1992
such that
P(z) divides the polynomial

(z −a
1
)
2
−a
2

2
−a
1991

2
−a
1992
.
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nd
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1993
1. For each integer n ≥ 2, determine, with proof, which of the two positive real numbers
a and b satisfying
a
n
= a + 1, b
2n
= b + 3a
is larger.
2. Let ABCD be a convex quadrilateral such that diagonals AC and BD intersect at
right angles, and let E be their intersection. Prove that the reflections of E across
AB, BC, CD, DA are concyclic.
3. Consider functions f : [0, 1] → 1 which satisfy
(i) f(x) ≥ 0 for all x in [0, 1],
(ii) f(1) = 1,
(iii) f(x) +f(y) ≤ f(x +y) whenever x, y, and x +y are all in [0, 1].
Find, with proof, the smallest constant c such that
f(x) ≤ cx
for every function f satisfying (i)-(iii) and every x in [0, 1].
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4. Let a, b be odd positive integers. Define the sequence (f
n
) by putting f
1
= a, f
2
= b,
and by letting f
n
for n ≥ 3 be the greatest odd divisor of f
n−1
+ f
n−2
. Show that
f
n
is constant for n sufficiently large and determine the eventual value as a function
of a and b.
5. Let a
0
, a
1
, a
2
, . . . be a sequence of positive real numbers satisfying a
i−1
a
i+1
≤ a
2
i
for
i = 1, 2, 3, . . . . (Such a sequence is said to be log concave.) Show that for each n > 1,
a
0
+ +a
n
n + 1

a
1
+ +a
n−1
n −1

a
0
+ +a
n−1
n

a
1
+ +a
n
n
.
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rd
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1994
1. Let k
1
< k
2
< k
3
< be positive integers, no two consecutive, and let s
m
=
k
1
+k
2
+ + k
m
for m = 1, 2, 3, . . . . Prove that, for each positive integer n, the
interval [s
n
, s
n+1
) contains at least one perfect square.
2. The sides of a 99-gon are initially colored so that consecutive sides are red, blue, red,
blue, . . . , red, blue, yellow. We make a sequence of modifications in the coloring,
changing the color of one side at a time to one of the three given colors (red, blue,
yellow), under the constraint that no two adjacent sides may be the same color. By
making a sequence of such modifications, is it possible to arrive at the coloring in
which consecutive sides are red, blue, red, blue, red, blue, . . . , red, yellow, blue?
3. A convex hexagon ABCDEF is inscribed in a circle such that AB = CD = EF
and diagonals AD, BE, and CF are concurrent. Let P be the intersection of AD
and CE. Prove that CP/PE = (AC/CE)
2
.
4. Let a
1
, a
2
, a
3
, . . . be a sequence of positive real numbers satisfying
¸
n
j=1
a
j


n for
all n ≥ 1. Prove that, for all n ≥ 1,
n
¸
j=1
a
2
j
>
1
4

1 +
1
2
+ +
1
n

.
5. Let [U[, σ(U) and π(U) denote the number of elements, the sum, and the product,
respectively, of a finite set U of positive integers. (If U is the empty set, [U[ =
0, σ(U) = 0, π(U) = 1.) Let S be a finite set of positive integers. As usual, let

n
k

denote
n!
k! (n−k)!
. Prove that
¸
U⊆S
(−1)
[U[

m−σ(U)
[S[

= π(S)
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for all integers m ≥ σ(S).
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th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1995
1. Let p be an odd prime. The sequence (a
n
)
n≥0
is defined as follows: a
0
= 0, a
1
=
1, . . . , a
p−2
= p −2 and, for all n ≥ p −1, a
n
is the least positive integer that does
not form an arithmetic sequence of length p with any of the preceding terms. Prove
that, for all n, a
n
is the number obtained by writing n in base p − 1 and reading
the result in base p.
2. A calculator is broken so that the only keys that still work are the sin, cos, tan, sin
−1
, cos
−1
,
and tan
−1
buttons. The display initially shows 0. Given any positive rational num-
ber q, show that pressing some finite sequence of buttons will yield q. Assume that
the calculator does real number calculations with infinite precision. All functions are
in terms of radians.
3. Given a nonisosceles, nonright triangle ABC, let O denote the center of its cir-
cumscribed circle, and let A
1
, B
1
, and C
1
be the midpoints of sides BC, CA, and
AB, respectively. Point A
2
is located on the ray OA
1
so that ∆OAA
1
is similar
to ∆OA
2
A. Points B
2
and C
2
on rays OB
1
and OC
1
, respectively, are defined
similarly. Prove that lines AA
2
, BB
2
, and CC
2
are concurrent, i.e. these three lines
intersect at a point.
4. Suppose q
0
, q
1
, q
2
, . . . is an infinite sequence of integers satisfying the following two
conditions:
(i) m−n divides q
m
−q
n
for m > n ≥ 0,
(ii) there is a polynomial P such that [q
n
[ < P(n) for all n.
Prove that there is a polynomial Q such that q
n
= Q(n) for all n.
5. Suppose that in a certain society, each pair of persons can be classified as either
amicable or hostile. We shall say that each member of an amicable pair is a friend of
the other, and each member of a hostile pair is a foe of the other. Suppose that the
society has n persons and q amicable pairs, and that for every set of three persons,
at least one pair is hostile. Prove that there is at least one member of the society
whose foes include q(1 −4q/n
2
) or fewer amicable pairs.
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5.8 25
th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1996
1. Prove that the average of the numbers nsin n

(n = 2, 4, 6, . . . , 180) is cot 1

.
2. For any nonempty set S of real numbers, let σ(S) denote the sum of the elements of
S. Given a set A of n positive integers, consider the collection of all distinct sums
σ(S)s S ranges over the nonempty subsets of A. Prove that thisollection of sums can
be partitioned into n classes so that in each class, the ratio of the largest sum to the
smallest sum does not exceed 2.
3. Let ABC be a triangle. Prove that there is a line (in the plane of triangle ABC) such
that the intersection of the interior of triangle ABC and the interior of its reflection
A
t
B
t
C
t
in has area more than 2/3 the area of triangle ABC.
4. An n-term sequence (x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
) in which each term is either 0 or 1 is called a
binary sequence of length n. Let a
n
be the number of binary sequences of length n
containing no three consecutive terms equal to 0, 1, 0 in that order. Let b
n
be the
number of binary sequences of length n that contain no four consecutive terms equal
to 0, 0, 1, 1 or 1, 1, 0, 0 in that order. Prove that b
n+1
= 2a
n
for all positive integers
n.
5. Triangle ABC has the following property: there is an interior point P such that
∠PAB = 10

, ∠PBA = 20

, ∠PCA = 30

, and ∠PAC = 40

. Prove that triangle
ABC is isosceles.
6. Determine (with proof) whether there is a subset X of the integers with the following
property: for any integer n there is exactly one solution of a + 2b = n with a, b ∈ X.
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th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1997
1. Let p
1
, p
2
, p
3
, . . . be the prime numbers listed in increasing order, and let x
0
be a real
number between 0 and 1. For positive integer k, define
x
k
=

0 if x
k−1
= 0,

p
k
x
k−1
¸
if x
k−1
= 0,
where ¦x¦ denotes the fractional part of x. (The fractional part of x is given by
x −x| where x| is the greatest integer less than or equal to x.) Find, with proof,
all x
0
satisfying 0 < x
0
< 1 for which the sequence x
0
, x
1
, x
2
, . . . eventually becomes
0.
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2. Let ABC be a triangle, and draw isosceles triangles BCD, CAE, ABF externally
to ABC, with BC, CA, AB as their respective bases. Prove that the lines through
A, B, C perpendicular to the lines
←→
EF,
←→
FD,
←→
DE, respectively, are concurrent.
3. Prove that for any integer n, there exists a unique polynomial Q with coefficients in
¦0, 1, . . . , 9¦ such that Q(−2) = Q(−5) = n.
4. To clip a convex n-gon means to choose a pair of consecutive sides AB, BC and to
replace them by the three segments AM, MN, and NC, where M is the midpoint of
AB and N is the midpoint of BC. In other words, one cuts off the triangle MBN
to obtain a convex (n + 1)-gon. A regular hexagon {
6
of area 1 is clipped to obtain
a heptagon {
7
. Then {
7
is clipped (in one of the seven possible ways) to obtain an
octagon {
8
, and so on. Prove that no matter how the clippings are done, the area of
{
n
is greater than 1/3, for all n ≥ 6.
5. Prove that, for all positive real numbers a, b, c,
(a
3
+b
3
+abc)
−1
+ (b
3
+c
3
+abc)
−1
+ (c
3
+a
3
+abc)
−1
≤ (abc)
−1
.
6. Suppose the sequence of nonnegative integers a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
1997
satisfies
a
i
+a
j
≤ a
i+j
≤ a
i
+a
j
+ 1
for all i, j ≥ 1 with i + j ≤ 1997. Show that there exists a real number x such that
a
n
= nx| (the greatest integer ≤ nx) for all 1 ≤ n ≤ 1997.
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th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1998
1. Suppose that the set ¦1, 2, , 1998¦ has been partitioned into disjoint pairs ¦a
i
, b
i
¦
(1 ≤ i ≤ 999) so that for all i, [a
i
−b
i
[ equals 1 or 6. Prove that the sum
[a
1
−b
1
[ +[a
2
−b
2
[ + +[a
999
−b
999
[
ends in the digit 9.
2. Let (
1
and (
2
be concentric circles, with (
2
in the interior of (
1
. From a point A on (
1
one draws the tangent AB to (
2
(B ∈ (
2
). Let C be the second point of intersection
of AB and (
1
, and let D be the midpoint of AB. A line passing through A intersects
(
2
at E and F in such a way that the perpendicular bisectors of DE and CF intersect
at a point M on AB. Find, with proof, the ratio AM/MC.
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TH
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3. Let a
0
, a
1
, , a
n
be numbers from the interval (0, π/2) such that
tan(a
0

π
4
) + tan(a
1

π
4
) + + tan(a
n

π
4
) ≥ n −1.
Prove that
tan a
0
tan a
1
tana
n
≥ n
n+1
.
4. A computer screen shows a 98 98 chessboard, colored in the usual way. One can
select with a mouse any rectangle with sides on the lines of the chessboard and click
the mouse button: as a result, the colors in the selected rectangle switch (black
becomes white, white becomes black). Find, with proof, the minimum number of
mouse clicks needed to make the chessboard all one color.
5. Prove that for each n ≥ 2, there is a set S of n integers such that (a −b)
2
divides ab
for every distinct a, b ∈ S.
6. Let n ≥ 5 be an integer. Find the largest integer k (as a function of n) such that
there exists a convex n-gon A
1
A
2
. . . A
n
for which exactly k of the quadrilaterals
A
i
A
i+1
A
i+2
A
i+3
have an inscribed circle. (Here A
n+j
= A
j
.)
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th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 1999
1. Some checkers placed on an n n checkerboard satisfy the following conditions:
(a) every square that does not contain a checker shares a side with one that does;
(b) given any pair of squares that contain checkers, there is a sequence of squares
containing checkers, starting and ending with the given squares, such that every
two consecutive squares of the sequence share a side.
Prove that at least (n
2
−2)/3 checkers have been placed on the board.
2. Let ABCD be a cyclic quadrilateral. Prove that
[AB −CD[ +[AD−BC[ ≥ 2[AC −BD[.
3. Let p > 2 be a prime and let a, b, c, d be integers not divisible by p, such that
¦ra/p¦ +¦rb/p¦ +¦rc/p¦ +¦rd/p¦ = 2
for any integer r not divisible by p. Prove that at least two of the numbers a + b,
a +c, a +d, b +c, b +d, c + d are divisible by p. (Note: ¦x¦ = x −x| denotes the
fractional part of x.)
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4. Let a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
(n > 3) be real numbers such that
a
1
+a
2
+ +a
n
≥ n and a
2
1
+a
2
2
+ +a
2
n
≥ n
2
.
Prove that max(a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
) ≥ 2.
5. The Y2K Game is played on a 12000 grid as follows. Two players in turn write either
an S or an O in an empty square. The first player who produces three consecutive
boxes that spell SOS wins. If all boxes are filled without producing SOS then the
game is a draw. Prove that the second player has a winning strategy.
6. Let ABCD be an isosceles trapezoid with AB | CD. The inscribed circle ω of
triangle BCD meets CD at E. Let F be a point on the (internal) angle bisector of
∠DAC such that EF ⊥ CD. Let the circumscribed circle of triangle ACF meet line
CD at C and G. Prove that the triangle AFG is isosceles.
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th
USA Mathematical Olympiad, 2000
1. Call a real-valued function f very convex if
f(x) +f(y)
2
≥ ()f

x +y
2

+[x −y[
holds for all real numbers x and y. Prove that no very convex function exists.
2. Let S be the set of all triangles ABC for which
5

1
AP
+
1
BQ
+
1
CR


3
min¦AP, BQ, CR¦
=
6
r
,
where r is the inradius and P, Q, R are the points of tangency of the incircle with
sides AB, BC, CA, respectively. Prove that all triangles in S are isosceles and similar
to one another.
3. A game of solitaire is played with R red cards, W white cards, and B blue cards. A
player plays all the cards one at a time. With each play he accumulates a penalty. If
he plays a blue card, then he is charged a penalty which is the number of white cards
still in his hand. If he plays a white card, then he is charged a penalty which is twice
the number of red cards still in his hand. If he plays a red card, then he is charged
a penalty which is three times the number of blue cards still in his hand. Find, as a
function of R, W, and B, the minimal total penalty a player can amass and all the
ways in which this minimum can be achieved.
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4. Find the smallest positive integer n such that if n squares of a 10001000 chessboard
are colored, then there will exist three colored squares whose centers form a right
triangle with sides parallel to the edges of the board.
5. Let A
1
A
2
A
3
be a triangle and let ω
1
be a circle in its plane passing through A
1
and A
2
.
Suppose there exist circles ω
2
, ω
3
, . . . , ω
7
such that for k = 2, 3, . . . , 7, ω
k
is externally
tangent to ω
k−1
and passes through A
k
and A
k+1
, where A
n+3
= A
n
for all n ≥ 1.
Prove that ω
7
= ω
1
.
6. Let a
1
, b
1
, a
2
, b
2
, . . . , a
n
, b
n
be nonnegative real numbers. Prove that
n
¸
i,j=1
min¦a
i
a
j
, b
i
b
j
¦ ≤
n
¸
i,j=1
min¦a
i
b
j
, a
j
b
i
¦.
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1. Each of eight boxes contains six balls. Each ball has been colored with one of n colors,
such that no two balls in the same box are the same color, and no two colors occur
together in more than one box. Determine, with justification, the smallest integer n
for which this is possible.
2. Let ABC be a triangle and let ω be its incircle. Denote by D
1
and E
1
the points where
ω is tangent to sides BC and AC, respectively. Denote by D
2
and E
2
the points on
sides BC and AC, respectively, such that CD
2
= BD
1
and CE
2
= AE
1
, and denote
by P the point of intersection of segments AD
2
and BE
2
. Circle ω intersects segment
AD
2
at two points, the closer of which to the vertex A is denoted by Q. Prove that
AQ = D
2
P.
3. Let a, b, and c be nonnegative real numbers such that
a
2
+b
2
+c
2
+abc = 4.
Prove that
0 ≤ ab +bc +ca −abc ≤ 2.
4. Let P be a point in the plane of triangle ABC such that the segments PA, PB, and
PC are the sides of an obtuse triangle. Assume that in this triangle the obtuse angle
opposes the side congruent to PA. Prove that ∠BAC is acute.
5. Let S be a set of integers (not necessarily positive) such that
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(a) there exist a, b ∈ S with gcd(a, b) = gcd(a −2, b −2) = 1;
(b) if x and y are elements of S (possibly equal), then x
2
−y also belongs to S.
Prove that S is the set of all integers.
6. Each point in the plane is assigned a real number such that, for any triangle, the
number at the center of its inscribed circle is equal to the arithmetic mean of the
three numbers at its vertices. Prove that all points in the plane are assigned the
same number.
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1. Let S be a set with 2002 elements, and let N be an integer with 0 ≤ N ≤ 2
2002
.
Prove that it is possible to color every subset of S either black or white so that the
following conditions hold:
(a) the union of any two white subsets is white;
(b) the union of any two black subsets is black;
(c) there are exactly N white subsets.
2. Let ABC be a triangle such that

cot
A
2

2
+

2 cot
B
2

2
+

3 cot
C
2

2
=

6s
7r

2
,
where s and r denote its semiperimeter and its inradius, respectively. Prove that
triangle ABC is similar to a triangle T whose side lengths are all positive integers
with no common divisors and determine these integers.
3. Prove that any monic polynomial (a polynomial with leading coefficient 1) of degree
n with real coefficients is the average of two monic polynomials of degree n with n
real roots.
4. Let R be the set of real numbers. Determine all functions f : R →R such that
f(x
2
−y
2
) = xf(x) −yf(y)
for all pairs of real numbers x and y.
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5. Let a, b be integers greater than 2. Prove that there exists a positive integer k and a
finite sequence n
1
, n
2
, . . . , n
k
of positive integers such that n
1
= a, n
k
= b, and n
i
n
i+1
is divisible by n
i
+n
i+1
for each i (1 ≤ i < k).
6. I have an nn sheet of stamps, from which I’ve been asked to tear out blocks of three
adjacent stamps in a single row or column. (I can only tear along the perforations
separating adjacent stamps, and each block must come out of the sheet in one piece.)
Let b(n) be the smallest number of blocks I can tear out and make it impossible to
tear out any more blocks. Prove that there are real constants c and d such that
1
7
n
2
−cn ≤ b(n) ≤
1
5
n
2
+dn
for all n > 0.
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1. Prove that for every positive integer n there exists an n-digit number divisible by 5
n
all of whose digits are odd.
2. A convex polygon { in the plane is dissected into smaller convex polygons by drawing
all of its diagonals. The lengths of all sides and all diagonals of the polygon { are
rational numbers. Prove that the lengths of all sides of all polygons in the dissection
are also rational numbers.
3. Let n = 0. For every sequence of integers
A = a
0
, a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
satisfying 0 ≤ a
i
≤ i, for i = 0, . . . , n, define another sequence
t(A) = t(a
0
), t(a
1
), t(a
2
), . . . , t(a
n
)
by setting t(a
i
) to be the number of terms in the sequence A that precede the term
a
i
and are different from a
i
. Show that, starting from any sequence A as above, fewer
than n applications of the transformation t lead to a sequence B such that t(B) = B.
4. Let ABC be a triangle. A circle passing through A and B intersects segments AC
and BC at D and E, respectively. Lines AB and DE intersect at F while lines BD
and CF intersect at M. Prove that MF = MC if and only if MB MD = MC
2
.
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5. Let a, b, c be positive real numbers. Prove that
(2a +b +c)
2
2a
2
+ (b +c)
2
+
(2b +c +a)
2
2b
2
+ (c +a)
2
+
(2c +a +b)
2
2c
2
+ (a +b)
2
≤ 8.
6. At the vertices of a regular hexagon are written six nonnegative integers whose sum
is 2003. Bert is allowed to make moves of the following form: he may pick a vertex
and replace the number written there by the absolute value of the difference between
the numbers written at the two neighboring vertices. Prove that Bert can make a
sequence of moves, after which the number 0 appears at all six vertices.
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1. Let ABCD be a quadrilateral circumscribed about a circle, whose interior and exte-
rior angles are at least 60

. Prove that
1
3
[AB
3
−AD
3
[ ≤ [BC
3
−CD
3
[ ≤ 3[AB
3
−AD
3
[.
When does equality hold?
2. Suppose a
1
, . . . , a
n
are integers whose greatest common divisor is 1. Let S be a set
of integers with the following properties.
(a) For i = 1, . . . , n, a
i
∈ S.
(b) For i, j = 1, . . . , n (not necessarily distinct), a
i
−a
j
∈ S.
(c) For any integers x, y ∈ S, if x +y ∈ S, then x −y ∈ S.
Prove that S must be equal to the set of all integers.
3. For what real values of k > 0 is it possible to dissect a 1k rectangle into two similar,
but noncongruent, polygons?
4. Alice and Bob play a game on a 6 by 6 grid. On his or her turn, a player chooses
a rational number not yet appearing in the grid and writes it in an empty square
of the grid. Alice goes first and then the players alternate. When all squares have
numbers written in them, in each row, the square with the greatest number in that
row is colored black. Alice wins if she can then draw a line from the top of the grid
to the bottom of the grid that stays in black squares, and Bob wins if she can’t. (If
two squares share a vertex, Alice can draw a line from one to the other that stays in
those two squares.) Find, with proof, a winning strategy for one of the players.
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5. Let a, b and c be positive real numbers. Prove that
(a
5
−a
2
+ 3)(b
5
−b
2
+ 3)(c
5
−c
2
+ 3) ≥ (a +b +c)
3
.
6. A circle ω is inscribed in a quadrilateral ABCD. Let I be the center of ω. Suppose
that
(AI +DI)
2
+ (BI +CI)
2
= (AB +CD)
2
.
Prove that ABCD is an isosceles trapezoid.
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1. Determine the number of real solutions a to the equation
¸
1
2
a

+
¸
1
3
a

+
¸
1
5
a

= a .
Here, if x is a real number, then [ x] denotes the greatest integer that s less than or
equal to x.
2. Find all real numbers x such that
x =

x −
1
x

1/2
+

1 −
1
x

1/2
.
3. Let n be a natural number such that n ≥ 2. Show that
1
n + 1

1 +
1
3
+ +
1
2n −1

>
1
n

1
2
+
1
4
+ +
1
2n

.
4. Let ´ABC be a triangle with ∠BAC = 40

and ∠ABC = 60

. Let D and E be
the points lying on the sides AC and AB, respectively,uch that ∠CBD = 40

and
∠BCE = 70

. Let F be the point of intersection of the lines BD and CE. Show
that the line AF is perpendicular to the line BC.
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5. Let m be a positive integer. Define the sequence a
0
, a
1
, a
2
, . . . by a
0
= 0, a
1
= m,
and a
n+1
= m
2
a
n
− a
n−1
for n = 1, 2, 3, . . . . Prove that an ordered pair (a, b) of
non-negative integers, with a ≤ b, gives a solution to the equation
a
2
+b
2
ab + 1
= m
2
if and only if (a, b) is of the form (a
n
, a
n+1
) for some n ≥ 0.
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1. Find all real solutions to the equation 4x
2
−40[x] + 51 = 0.
Here, if x is a real number, then [x] denotes the greatest integer that is less than or
equal to x.
2. Let ABC be an equilateral triangle of altitude 1. A circle with radius 1 and center
on the same side of AB as C rolls along the segment AB. Prove that the arc of the
circle that is inside the triangle always has the same length.
3. Determine all positive integers n with the property that n = (d(n))
2
. Here d(n)
denotes the number of positive divisors of n.
4. Suppose a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
8
are eight distinct integers from ¦1, 2, . . . , 16, 17¦. Show that
there is an integer k > 0 such that the equation a
i
−a
j
= k has at least three different
solutions. Also, find a specific set of 7 distinct integers from ¦1, 2, . . . , 16, 17¦ such
that the equation a
i
−a
j
= k does not have three distinct solutions for any k > 0.
5. Let x, y, and z be non-negative real numbers satisfying x +y +z = 1. Show that
x
2
y +y
2
z +z
2
x ≤
4
27
,
and find when equality occurs.
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1. At 12:00 noon, Anne, Beth and Carmen begin running laps around a circular track
of length three hundred meters, all starting from the same point on the track. Each
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jogger maintains a constant speed in one of the two possible directions for an indefinite
period of time. Show that if Anne’s speed is different from the other two speeds, then
at some later time Anne will be at least one hundred meters from each of the other
runners. (Here, distance is measured along the shorter of the two arcs separating two
runners.)
2. A permutation of the integers 1901, 1902, . . . , 2000 is a sequence a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
100
in
which each of those integers appears exactly once. Given such a permutation, we
form the sequence of partial sums
s
1
= a
1
, s
2
= a
1
+a
2
, s
3
= a
1
+a
2
+a
3
, . . . , s
100
= a
1
+a
2
+ +a
100
.
How many of these permutations will have no terms of the sequence s
1
, . . . , s
100
divisible by three?
3. Let A = (a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
2000
) be a sequence of integers each lying in the interval [−1000, 1000].
Suppose that the entries in A sum to 1. Show that some nonempty subsequence of
A sums to zero.
4. Let ABCD be a convex quadrilateral with
∠CBD = 2∠ADB,
∠ABD = 2∠CDB
and AB = CB.
Prove that AD = CD.
5. Suppose that the real numbers a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
100
satisfy
a
1
≥ a
2
≥ ≥ a
100
≥ 0,
a
1
+a
2
≤ 100
and a
3
+a
4
+ +a
100
≤ 100.
Determine the maximum possible value of a
2
1
+ a
2
2
+ + a
2
100
, and find all possible
sequences a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
100
which achieve this maximum.
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1. Randy: “Hi Rachel, that’s an interesting quadratic equation you have written down.
What are its roots?”
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Rachel: “The roots are two positive integers. One of the roots is my age, and the
other root is the age of my younger brother, Jimmy.”
Randy: “That is very neat! Let me see if I can figure out how old you and Jimmy
are. That shouldn’t be too difficult since all of your coefficients are integers. By the
way, I notice that the sum of the three coefficients is a prime number.”
Rachel: “Interesting. Now figure out how old I am.”
Randy: “Instead, I will guess your age and substitute it for x in your quadratic
equation . . . darn, that gives me −55, and not 0.”
Rachel: “Oh, leave me alone!”
(a) Prove that Jimmy is two years old.
(b) Determine Rachel’s age.
2. There is a board numbered −10 to 10 as shown. Each square is coloured either red
or white, and the sum of the numbers on the red squares is n. Maureen starts with a
token on the square labeled 0. She then tosses a fair coin ten times. Every time she
flips heads, she moves the token one square to the right. Every time she flips tails,
she moves the token one square to the left. At the end of the ten flips, the probability
that the token finishes on a red square is a rational number of the form
a
b
. Given that
a +b = 2001, determine the largest possible value for n.
−10 −9 −8 −7 −6 −5 −4 −3 −2 −1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
3. Let ABC be a triangle with AC > AB. Let P be the intersection point of the
perpendicular bisector of BC and the internal angle bisector of ∠A. Construct points
X on AB (extended) and Y on AC such that PX is perpendicular to AB and PY
is perpendicular to AC. Let Z be the intersection point of XY and BC. Determine
the value of
BZ
ZC
.
4. Let n be a positive integer. Nancy is given a rectangular table in which each entry is
a positive integer. She is permitted to make either of the following two moves:
(a) select a row and multiply each entry in this row by n.
(b) select a column and subtract n from each entry in this column.
Find all possible values of n for which the following statement is true:
Given any rectangular table, it is possible for Nancy to perform a finite
sequence of moves to create a table in which each entry is 0.
5. Let P
0
, P
1
, P
2
be three points on the circumference of a circle with radius 1, where
P
1
P
2
= t < 2. For each i ≥ 3, define P
i
to be the centre of the circumcircle of
´P
i−1
P
i−2
P
i−3
.
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(a) Prove that the points P
1
, P
5
, P
9
, P
13
, . . . are collinear.
(b) Let x be the distance from P
1
to P
1001
, and let y be the distance from P
1001
to
P
2001
. Determine all values of t for which
500

x/y is an integer.
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1. Let S be a subset of ¦1, 2, . . . , 9¦, such that the sums formed by adding each unordered
pair of distinct numbers from S are all different. For example, the subset ¦1, 2, 3, 5¦
has this property, but ¦1, 2, 3, 4, 5¦ does not, since the pairs ¦1, 4¦ and ¦2, 3¦ have
the same sum, namely 5.
What is the maximum number of elements that S can contain?
2. Call a positive integer n practical if every positive integer less than or equal to n
can be written as the sum of distinct divisors of n.
For example, the divisors of 6 are 1, 2, 3, and 6. Since
1=1, 2=2, 3=3, 4=1+3, 5=2+ 3, 6=6,
we see that 6 is practical.
Prove that the product of two practical numbers is also practical.
3. Prove that for all positive real numbers a, b, and c,
a
3
bc
+
b
3
ca
+
c
3
ab
≥ a +b +c,
and determine when equality occurs.
4. Let Γ be a circle with radius r. Let A and B be distinct points on Γ such that
AB <

3r. Let the circle with centre B and radius AB meet Γ again at C. Let P
be the point inside Γ such that triangle ABP is equilateral. Finally, let the line CP
meet Γ again at Q.
Prove that PQ = r.
5. Let N = ¦0, 1, 2, . . .¦. Determine all functions f : N → N such that
xf(y) +yf(x) = (x +y)f(x
2
+y
2
)
for all x and y in N.
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1. Consider a standard twelve-hour clock whose hour and minute hands move contin-
uously. Let m be an integer, with 1 ≤ m ≤ 720. At precisely m minutes after
12:00, the angle made by the hour hand and minute hand is exactly 1

. Determine
all possible values of m.
2. Find the last three digits of the number 2003
2002
2001
.
3. Find all real positive solutions (if any) to
x
3
+y
3
+z
3
= x +y +z, and
x
2
+y
2
+z
2
= xyz.
4. Prove that when three circles share the same chord AB, every line through A different
from AB determines the same ratio XY : Y Z, where X is an arbitrary point different
from B on the first circle while Y and Z are the points where AX intersects the other
two circles (labelled so that Y is between X and Z).
5. Let S be a set of n points in the plane such that any two points of S are at least 1
unit apart. Prove there is a subset T of S with at least
n
7
points such that any two
points of T are at least

3 units apart.
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1. Find all ordered triples (x, y, z) of real numbers which satisfy the following system of
equations:

xy = z −x −y
xz = y −x −z
yz = x −y −z
2. How many ways can 8 mutually non-attacking rooks be placed on the 99 chessboard
(shown here) so that all 8 rooks are on squares of the same colour? [Two rooks are
said to be attacking each other if they are placed in the same row or column of the
board.]
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3. Let A, B, C, D be four points on a circle (occurring in clockwise order), with AB <
AD and BC > CD. Let the bisector of angle BAD meet the circle at X and the
bisector of angle BCD meet the circle at Y .onsider the hexagon formed by these
six points on the circle.f four of the six sides of the hexagon have equal length, prove
that BD must be a diameter of the circle.
4. Let p be an odd prime. Prove that
p−1
¸
k=1
k
2p−1

p(p + 1)
2
(mod p
2
).
[Note that a ≡ b (mod m) means that a −b is divisible by m.]
5. Let T be the set of all positive integer divisors of 2004
100
. What is the largest possible
number of elements that a subset S of T can have if no element of S is an integer
multiple of any other element of S?

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