1989 AIME Problems/Problem 4
Problem
If are consecutive positive integers such that is a perfect square and is a perfect cube, what is the smallest possible value of ?
Solution
Since the middle term of an arithmetic progression with an odd number of terms is the average of the series, we know and . Thus, must be in the form of based upon the first part and in the form of based upon the second part, with and denoting an integers. is minimized if it’s prime factorization contains only , and since there is a cubed term in , must be a factor of . , which works as the solution.
Solution 2
Let , , , and equal , , , and , respectively. Call the square and cube and , where both k and m are integers. Then:
Now we know is a multiple of 125 and is a multiple of 5. The lower is, the lower the value of will be. Start from 5 and add 5 each time.
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-jackshi2006
Solution 3
Let the numbers be When then know is a perfect cube and is perfect cube. Since is divisible by we know that since otherwise we get a contradiction. This means in which plugging into the other expression we know is a perfect square. We know so we let to obtain the perfect square. This means that
Solution 4
(This is literally a combination of 1 and 3)
Since , , , , and are consecutive, , , , , and .
Because is a perfect square, and is a perfect cube, we can express as .
Now, by the problem's given information,
and because ALL exponents have to be cubes/squares,
Therefore,
.
~ethanhansummerfun
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