1987 IMO Problems

Problems of the 1987 IMO Cuba.

Day I

Problem 1

Let $p_n (k)$ be the number of permutations of the set $\{ 1, \ldots , n \} , \; n \ge 1$, which have exactly $k$ fixed points. Prove that

$\sum_{k=0}^{n} k \cdot p_n (k) = n!$.

(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 $f(i) = i$.)

Solution

Problem 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 $L$ perpendiculars are drawn to $AB$ and $AC$, the feet of these perpendiculars being $K$ and $M$ respectively. Prove that the quadrilateral $AKNM$ and the triangle $ABC$ have equal areas.

Solution

Problem 3

Let $x_1 , x_2 , \ldots , x_n$ be real numbers satisfying $x_1^2 + x_2^2 + \cdots + x_n^2 = 1$. Prove that for every integer $k \ge 2$ there are integers $a_1, a_2, \ldots a_n$, not all 0, such that $| a_i | \le k-1$ for all $i$ and

$|a_1x_1 + a_2x_2 + \cdots + a_nx_n| \le \frac{ (k-1) \sqrt{n} }{ k^n - 1 }$.

Solution

Day 2

Problem 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 $n$.

Solution

Problem 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.

Solution

Problem 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 $0 \leq k \leq \sqrt{n/3}$, then $k^2 + k + n$ is prime for all integers $k$ such that $0 \leq k \leq n - 2$.

Solution

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