2020 AIME II Problems/Problem 6
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Problem
Define a sequence recursively by , , andfor all . Then can be expressed as , where and are relatively prime positive integers. Find .
Solution
Let . Then, we have where and . By substitution, we find , , , , and . So has a period of . Thus . So, . ~mn28407
Solution 2 (Official MAA)
More generally, let the first two terms be and and replace and in the recursive formula by and , respectively. Then some algebraic calculation shows that so the sequence is periodic with period . Therefore The requested sum is .
Solution 3
Let us examine the first few terms of this sequence and see if we can find a pattern. We are obviously given and , so now we are able to determine the numerical value of using this information: Now using this information, as well as the previous information, we are able to determine the value of : Now using this information, as well as the previous information, we are able to determine the value of : Now using this information, as well as the previous information, we are able to determine the value of :
Alas, we have figured this sequence is period 5! Thus, let us take , which is , and therefore . According to the original problem statement, our answer is essentially . ~ nikenissan
Video Solution
https://youtu.be/_JTWJxbDC1A ~ CNCM
Video Solution 2
~IceMatrix
See Also
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