1989 AIME Problems

1989 AIME (Answer Key)
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  1. This is a 15-question, 3-hour examination. All answers are integers ranging from $000$ to $999$, inclusive. Your score will be the number of correct answers; i.e., there is neither partial credit nor a penalty for wrong answers.
  2. No aids other than scratch paper, graph paper, ruler, compass, and protractor are permitted. In particular, calculators and computers are not permitted.
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Problem 1

Compute $\sqrt{(31)(30)(29)(28)+1}$.


Problem 2

Ten points are marked on a circle. How many distinct convex polygons of three or more sides can be drawn using some (or all) of the ten points as vertices?


Problem 3

Suppose $n_{}^{}$ is a positive integer and $d_{}^{}$ is a single digit in base 10. Find $n_{}^{}$ if



Problem 4

If $a<b<c<d<e^{}_{}$ are consecutive positive integers such that $b+c+d$ is a perfect square and $a+b+c+d+e^{}_{}$ is a perfect cube, what is the smallest possible value of $c^{}_{}$?


Problem 5

When a certain biased coin is flipped five times, the probability of getting heads exactly once is not equal to $0$ and is the same as that of getting heads exactly twice. Let $\frac ij^{}_{}$, in lowest terms, be the probability that the coin comes up heads in exactly $3$ out of $5$ flips. Find $i+j^{}_{}$.


Problem 6

Two skaters, Allie and Billie, are at points $A^{}_{}$ and $B^{}_{}$, respectively, on a flat, frozen lake. The distance between $A^{}_{}$ and $B^{}_{}$ is $100^{}_{}$ meters. Allie leaves $A^{}_{}$ and skates at a speed of $8^{}_{}$ meters per second on a straight line that makes a $60^\circ$ angle with $AB^{}_{}$. At the same time Allie leaves $A^{}_{}$, Billie leaves $B^{}_{}$ at a speed of $7^{}_{}$ meters per second and follows the straight path that produces the earliest possible meeting of the two skaters, given their speeds. How many meters does Allie skate before meeting Billie?

[asy] pointpen=black; pathpen=black+linewidth(0.7);  pair A=(0,0),B=(10,0),C=6*expi(pi/3); D(B--A); D(A--C,EndArrow); MP("A",A,SW);MP("B",B,SE);MP("60^{\circ}",A+(0.3,0),NE);MP("100",(A+B)/2); [/asy]


Problem 7

If the integer $k^{}_{}$ is added to each of the numbers $36^{}_{}$, $300^{}_{}$, and $596^{}_{}$, one obtains the squares of three consecutive terms of an arithmetic series. Find $k^{}_{}$.


Problem 8

Assume that $x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_7$ are real numbers such that \begin{align*} x_1 + 4x_2 + 9x_3 + 16x_4 + 25x_5 + 36x_6 + 49x_7 &= 1, \\ 4x_1 + 9x_2 + 16x_3 + 25x_4 + 36x_5 + 49x_6 + 64x_7 &= 12, \\ 9x_1 + 16x_2 + 25x_3 + 36x_4 + 49x_5 + 64x_6 + 81x_7 &= 123. \end{align*} Find the value of $16x_1+25x_2+36x_3+49x_4+64x_5+81x_6+100x_7$.


Problem 9

One of Euler's conjectures was disproved in the 1960s by three American mathematicians when they showed there was a positive integer such that \[133^5+110^5+84^5+27^5=n^{5}.\] Find the value of $n$.


Problem 10

Let $a$, $b$, $c$ be the three sides of a triangle, and let $\alpha$, $\beta$, $\gamma$, be the angles opposite them. If $a^2+b^2=1989c^2$, find

$\frac{\cot \gamma}{\cot \alpha+\cot \beta}$


Problem 11

A sample of 121 integers is given, each between 1 and 1000 inclusive, with repetitions allowed. The sample has a unique mode (most frequent value). Let $D^{}_{}$ be the difference between the mode and the arithmetic mean of the sample. What is the largest possible value of $\lfloor D^{}_{}\rfloor$? (For real $x^{}_{}$, $\lfloor x^{}_{}\rfloor$ is the greatest integer less than or equal to $x^{}_{}$.)


Problem 12

Let $ABCD^{}_{}$ be a tetrahedron with $AB=41^{}_{}$, $AC=7^{}_{}$, $AD=18^{}_{}$, $BC=36^{}_{}$, $BD=27^{}_{}$, and $CD=13^{}_{}$, as shown in the figure. Let $d^{}_{}$ be the distance between the midpoints of edges $AB^{}_{}$ and $CD^{}_{}$. Find $d^{2}_{}$.

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Problem 13

Let $S^{}_{}$ be a subset of $\{1,2,3^{}_{},\ldots,1989\}$ such that no two members of $S^{}_{}$ differ by $4^{}_{}$ or $7^{}_{}$. What is the largest number of elements $S^{}_{}$ can have?


Problem 14

Given a positive integer $n^{}_{}$, it can be shown that every complex number of the form $r+si^{}_{}$, where $r^{}_{}$ and $s^{}_{}$ are integers, can be uniquely expressed in the base $-n+i^{}_{}$ using the integers $0,1,2^{}_{},\ldots,n^2$ as digits. That is, the equation

$r+si=a_m(-n+i)^m+a_{m-1}(-n+i)^{m-1}+\cdots +a_1(-n+i)+a_0$

is true for a unique choice of non-negative integer $m^{}_{}$ and digits $a_0,a_1^{},\ldots,a_m$ chosen from the set $\{0^{}_{},1,2,\ldots,n^2\}$, with $a_m\ne 0^{}){}$. We write

$r+si=(a_ma_{m-1}\ldots a_1a_0)_{-n+i}$

to denote the base $-n+i^{}_{}$ expansion of $r+si^{}_{}$. There are only finitely many integers $k+0i^{}_{}$ that have four-digit expansions

$k=(a_3a_2a_1a_0)_{-3+i^{}_{}}~~~~a_3\ne 0.$

Find the sum of all such $k^{}_{}$.


Problem 15

Point $P$ is inside $\triangle ABC$. Line segments $APD$, $BPE$, and $CPF$ are drawn with $D$ on $BC$, $E$ on $AC$, and $F$ on $AB$ (see the figure below). Given that $AP=6$, $BP=9$, $PD=6$, $PE=3$, and $CF=20$, find the area of $\triangle ABC$.

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See also

1989 AIME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
1988 AIME Problems
Followed by
1990 AIME Problems
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