2017 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 17
Problem
There are different complex numbers such that . For how many of these is a real number?
Solution 1
Note that these such that are for integer . So
This is real if is even. Thus, the answer is the number of even which is .
Solution 2
By Euler's identity, , where is an integer.
Using De Moivre's Theorem, we have , where that produce unique results.
Using De Moivre's Theorem again, we have
For to be real, has to equal to negate the imaginary component. This occurs whenever is an integer multiple of , requiring that is even. There are exactly even values of on the interval , so the answer is .
Solution 3
From the start, recall from the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra that must have solutions (and these must be distinct since the equation factors into ), or notice that the question is simply referring to the 24th roots of unity, of which we know there must be . Notice that , so for any solution , will be one of the 4th roots of unity (, , , or ). Then solutions will satisfy , will satisfy (and this is further justified by knowledge of the 6th roots of unity), so there must be such .
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