1992 USAMO Problems/Problem 1
Problem
Find, as a function of the sum of the digits of where each factor has twice as many digits as the previous one.
Solution
The answer is .
Let us denote the quantity as . We wish to find the sum of the digits of .
We first note that so is a number of at most digits. We also note that the units digit is not equal to zero. We may thus represent as where the are digits and . Then Thus the digits of are and the sum of these is evidently , as desired.
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See Also
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First Problem | Followed by Problem 2 | |
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