2015 UNCO Math Contest II Problems
Twenty-third Annual UNC Math Contest Final Round January 31, 2015.
Three hours; no electronic devices. Answers must be justified to receive full credit.
We hope you enjoy thinking about these problems, but you are not expected to do them all.
The positive integers are A polynomial is quadratic if its highest power term has power two.
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Problem 1
The sum of three consecutive integers is . What is the smallest of the three integers?
Problem 2
Find the area of the shaded region. The outer circle has radius . The shaded region is outlined by half circles whose radii are and and whose centers lie on the dashed diameter of the big circle.
Problem 3
If P is a polynomial that satisfies , then what is ? (Hint: is quadratic.)
Problem 4
Tarantulas and start together at the same time and race straight along a foot path, each running at a constant speed the whole distance. When reaches the end, still has feet more to run. When reaches the end, has feet more to run. How many more feet does Tarantula have to run when Tarantula reaches the end?
Problem 5
A termite nest has the shape of an irregular polyhedron. The bottom face is a quadrilateral. The top face is another polygon. The sides comprise triangles, quadrilaterals, and pentagon. The nest has vertices on its sides and bottom, not counting the several around the top face. How many edges does the top face have?
You may use Euler’s polyhedral identity, which says that on a convex polyhedron the number of faces plus the number of vertices is two more than the number of edges. (A vertex is a corner point and an edge is a line segment along which two faces meet.)
Problem 6
How many ordered pairs of positive integers satisfying have the property that their product is less than ?
Problem 7
(a) Give an example of a polyhedron whose faces can be colored in such a way that each face is either blue or gold, no two gold faces meet along an edge, and the total area of all the blue faces is half the total area of all the gold faces. A blue face may meet another blue face along an edge, and any colors may meet at vertices. Describe your polyhedron and also describe how to assign colors to the faces.
(b) Show that if the faces of a polyhedron are colored in such a way that each face is either blue or gold and no two gold faces meet along an edge, and if the polyhedron contains a sphere inside it that is tangent to each face, then the total area of all the blue faces is at least as large as the total area of all the gold faces.
Problem 8
A garden urn contains colored beetles: red beetles, numbered from to , and yellow beetles, numbered from to . Beetles wander out of the urn in random order, one at a time, without any going back in. What is the probability that the sequence of numbers on the first four beetles to wander out is steadily increasing, that is, that the number on each beetle to wander out is larger than the number on the beetle before and that no number is repeated? Give your answer as a fraction in lowest terms. You may leave the numerator and denominator in a factored form.
Problem 9
Starting at the node in the center of the diagram, an orb spider moves along its web. It is permissible for the spider to backtrack as often as it likes, in either direction, on segments it has previously traveled. On each move, the spider moves along one of the segments (curved or straight) to some adjacent node that is different from the node that it currently occupies.
(a) How many different five-move paths start at the center node and end at the center node?
(b) How many different seven-move paths start at the center node and end at the center node?
Problem 10
(a) You want to arrange biologists of different heights in two rows for a photograph. Each row must have biologists. Height must increase from left to right in each row. Each person in back must be taller than the person directly in front of him. How many different arrangements are possible?
(b) You arrange biologists of different heights in two rows of , with the same conditions on height as in part (a). How many different arrangements are possible? Remember to justify your answers.
(c) You arrange biologists of different heights in two rows of , with the same conditions on height as in part (a). Give a formula in terms of for the number of possible arrangements.
BONUS
You arrange biologists of different heights in three rows of , with the same conditions on height as in part 10(a) for all three rows. How many different arrangements are possible?
See Also
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