2019 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 24
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Problem
Let , , and be the distinct roots of the polynomial . It is given that there exist real numbers , , and such that for all . What is ?
Solution 1
Multiplying both sides by yields As this is a polynomial identity, and it is true for infinitely many , it must be true for all (since a polynomial with infinitely many roots must in fact be the constant polynomial ). This means we can plug in to find that . Similarly, we can find and . Summing them up, we get that By Vieta's Formulas, we know that and . Thus the answer is .
Note: this process of substituting in the 'forbidden' values in the original identity is a standard technique for partial fraction decomposition, as taught in calculus classes.
Solution 2 (Pure Elementary Algebra)
Solution 1 uses a trick from Calculus that seemingly contradicts the restriction . I am going to provide a solution with pure elementary algebra. From we get , , , substituting them in , we get
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, by symmetry, ,
The rest is similar to solution 1, we get
Video Solution by Richard Rusczyk
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Video Solution by TheBeautyofMath
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