2000 AMC 10 Problems/Problem 20
Problem
Let , , and be nonnegative integers such that . What is the maximum value of ?
Solution 1
The trick is to realize that the sum is similar to the product . If we multiply , we get We know that , therefore and Now consider the maximal value of this expression. Suppose that some two of , , and differ by at least . Then this triple is not optimal. (To see this, WLOG let We can then increase the value of by changing and .)
Therefore the maximum is achieved when is a rotation of . The value of in this case is and thus the maximum of is
Solution 2
Notice that if we want to maximize , we want A, M, and C to be as close as possible. For example, if and then the expression would have a much smaller value than if we were to substitute , and . So to make A, B, and C as close together as possible, we divide to get . Therefore, A must be 3, B must be 3, and C must be 4. . So the answer is
Video Solution
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdou0LpTlzY&t=22s
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