2018 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 19
Let be the set of positive integers that have no prime factors other than , , or . The infinite sum of the reciprocals of the elements of can be expressed as , where and are relatively prime positive integers. What is ?
Note that the fractions of the form where and are nonnegative integers, span all terms of the infinite sum.
Therefore, the infinite sum becomes by a product of geometric series, from which the answer is
This solution is Solution 1 but potentially clearer.
Clearly this is just summing over the reciprocals of the numbers of the form , where . SO our desired sum is . By the infinite geometric series formula, is just . Applying the infinite geometric series formula again gives that . Applying the infinite geometric series formula again yields . Hence our final answer is .
Separate into separate infinite series's so we can calculate each and find the original sum:
The first infinite sequence shall be all the reciprocals of the powers of , the second shall be reciprocals of the powers of , and the third will consist of reciprocals of the powers of . We can easily calculate these to be respectively.
The fourth infinite series shall be all real numbers in the form , where .
The fifth is all real numbers in the form , where .
The sixth is all real numbers in the form , where .
The seventh infinite series is all real numbers in the form , where .
Let us denote the first sequence as , the second as , etc. We know , , , let us find . factoring out from the terms in this subsequence, we would get .
Knowing and , we can substitute and solve for , and we get . If we do similar procedures for the fifth and sixth sequences, we can solve for them too, and we get after solving them and .
Finally, for the seventh sequence, we see , where is the infinite series the problem is asking us to solve for. The sum of all seven subsequences will equal the one we are looking for, so solving, we get , but when we separated the sequence into its parts, we ignored the , so adding in the , we get , which when we solve for, we get , , , . So our answer is , but we are asked to add the numerator and denominator, which sums up to .
~~Edited by mprincess0229~~
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