1977 IMO Problems

Problems of the 19th IMO 1977 in Yugoslavia.

Day I

Problem 1

In the interior of a square $ABCD$ we construct the equilateral triangles $ABK, BCL, CDM, DAN.$ 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 12 vertices of a regular dodecagon.


Problem 2

In a finite sequence of real numbers the sum of any seven successive terms is negative and the sum of any eleven successive terms is positive. Determine the maximum number of terms in the sequence.


Problem 3

Let $n$ be a given number greater than 2. We consider the set $V_n$ of all the integers of the form $1 + kn$ with $k = 1, 2, \ldots$ A number $m$ from $V_n$ is called indecomposable in $V_n$ if there are not two numbers $p$ and $q$ from $V_n$ so that $m = pq.$ Prove that there exist a number $r \in V_n$ that can be expressed as the product of elements indecomposable in $V_n$ in more than one way. (Expressions which differ only in order of the elements of $V_n$ will be considered the same.)


Day II

Problem 4

Let $a,b,A,B$ be given reals. We consider the function defined by\[f(x) = 1 - a \cdot \cos(x) - b \cdot \sin(x) - A \cdot \cos(2x) - B \cdot \sin(2x).\]Prove that if for any real number $x$ we have $f(x) \geq 0$ then $a^2 + b^2 \leq 2$ and $A^2 + B^2 \leq 1.$


Problem 5

Let $a,b$ be two natural numbers. When we divide $a^2+b^2$ by $a+b$, we the the remainder $r$ and the quotient $q.$ Determine all pairs $(a, b)$ for which $q^2 + r = 1977.$


Problem 6

Let $\mathbb{N}$ be the set of positive integers. Let $f$ be a function defined on $\mathbb{N}$, which satisfies the inequality $f(n + 1) > f(f(n))$ for all $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Prove that for any $n$ we have $f(n) = n.$


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