2010 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 21
Problem
The polynomial has three positive integer roots. What is the smallest possible value of ?
Solution
Solution 1
By Vieta's Formulas, we know that is the sum of the three roots of the polynomial . Again Vieta's Formulas tell us that is the product of the three integer roots. Also, factors into . But, since there are only three roots to the polynomial, two of the four prime factors must be multiplied so that we are left with three roots. To minimize , and should be multiplied, which means will be and the answer is . ~JimPickens
Solution 2
We can expand as
We do not care about in this case, because we are only looking for a. We know that the constant term is We are trying to minimize a, such that we have Since we have three positive solutions, we have as our factors. We have to combine two of the factors of , and then sum up the resulting factors. Since we are minimizing, we choose and to combine together. We get which gives us a coefficient of of Therefore or
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