2001 AIME II Problems/Problem 8
Problem
A certain function has the properties that for all positive real values of , and that for . Find the smallest for which .
Solution
Iterating the condition , we find that for positive integers . We know the definition of from , so we would like to express . Indeed,
We now need the smallest such that . The range of , is . So when , we have . Multiplying by : , so the smallest value of is . Then,
Because we forced , so
We want the smaller value of .
An alternative approach is to consider the graph of , which iterates every power of , and resembles the section from dilated by a factor of at each iteration.
Solution 2 (Graphing)
First, we start by graphing the function when , which consists of the lines and that intersect at . Similarly, using , we get a dilation of our initial figure by a factor of 3 for the next interval and so on. Observe that the intersection of two lines always has coordinates where for some . First, we compute . The nearest intersection point is when . Therefore, we can safely assume that is somewhere on the line with a slope of that intersects at that nearest point. Using the fact that the slope of the line is , we compute . However, we want the minimum value such that and we see that there is another intersection point on the left which has a , namely . Therefore, we want the point that lies on the line with slope that intersects this point. Once again, since the slope of the line is , we get .
See also
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