2020 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 14
Contents
Problem
Real numbers and satisfy and . What is the value of
Solutions
Solution 1
Continuing to combine From the givens, it can be concluded that . Also, This means that . Substituting this information into , we have . ~PCChess
Solution 2
As above, we need to calculate . Note that are the roots of and so and . Thus where and as in the previous solution. Thus the answer is . Note(, and )
Solution 3
Note that Now, we only need to find the values of and
Recall that and that We are able to solve the second equation, and doing so gets us Plugging this into the first equation, we get
In order to find the value of we find a common denominator so that we can add them together. This gets us Recalling that and solving this equation, we get Plugging this into the first equation, we get
Solving the original equation, we get ~emerald_block
Solution 4 (Bashing)
This is basically bashing using Vieta's formulas to find and (which I highly do not recommend, I only wrote this solution for fun).
We use Vieta's to find a quadratic relating and . We set and to be the roots of the quadratic (because , and ). We can solve the quadratic to get the roots and . and are "interchangeable", meaning that it doesn't matter which solution or is, because it'll return the same result when plugged in. So we plug in for and and get as our answer.
~Baolan
Solution 5 (Bashing Part 2)
This usually wouldn't work for most problems like this, but we're lucky that we can quickly expand and factor this expression in this question.
We first change the original expression to , because . This is equal to . We can factor and reduce to . Now our expression is just . We factor to get . So the answer would be .
Solution 6 (Complete Binomial Theorem)
We first simplify the expression to Then, we can solve for and given the system of equations in the problem. Since we can substitute for . Thus, this becomes the equation Multiplying both sides by , we obtain or By the quadratic formula we obtain . We also easily find that given , equals the conjugate of . Thus, plugging our values in for and , our expression equals By the binomial theorem, we observe that every second terms of the expansions and will cancel out (since a positive plus a negative of the same absolute value equals zero). We also observe that the other terms not canceling out are doubled when summing the expansions of . Thus, our expression equals which equals which equals .
~ fidgetboss_4000
Solution 7
As before, simplify the expression to Since and , we substitute that in to obtain Now, we must solve for . Start by squaring , to obtain Simplifying, . Squaring once more, we obtain Once again simplifying, . Now, to obtain the fifth powers of and , we multiply both sides by . We now have , or We now solve for . , so . Plugging this back into, we find that , so we have . This equals 440, so our answer is .
~Binderclips1
Solution 8
We can use Newton Sums to solve this problem. We start by noticing that we can rewrite the equation as Then, we know that so we have We can use the equation to write and Next, we can plug in these values of and to get which is the same as Then, we use Newton sums where is the elementary symmetric sum of the sequence and is the power sum (). Using this, we can make the following Newton sums: We also know that is 4 because is four, and we know that is because is as well. Then, we can plug in values! We have We earlier noted that so we have that this equals or Then, plugging this back into the original equation, this is or so our answer is
~Coolpeep
Solution 9
As in the first solution, we get the expression to be
Then, since the numerators are the same, we can put the two fractions as a common denominator and multiply the numerator by This gets us
Now, since we know and instead of solving for and we will try to manipulate the above expression them into a manner that we can substitute the sum and product that we know. Also, another form of is
Thus, we can convert the current expression to
Doing some algebraic multiplications, we get
Since we know and we have
Therefore the answer is
~mathboy282
Solution 10 (Algebra Bash)
We give all of the terms in this expression a common denominator. . We can find and we can find . Our expression is now . Now all we need to find is . Using the binomial theorem, . The extra terms that we don't need is . What's ? We use the same method. Using the binomial theorem, . Now we know that , and plugging that into gives . Now we see that those extra terms have a sum of . Thus so . Remember our goal: we want to find . Using , .
~ Yrock
Solution 11
Since we know , we can simplify to . Then, when you add the fractions, you get . To find , we expand and then simplify. . We can use the fact that to simplify to . We can factor to get . To find , we simplify . . We can use the same process as we did before and get (using the fact that ). Therefore, . Now, plugging it back in to our other expansion, we get . . Now to get the final answer, all we need to do is to plug it back into the original equation and get .
~idk12345678
Video Solutions
Video Solution 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4cF3o3Fzj8&t=376s
~Education, The Study of Everything
Video Solution 2
Video Solution 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlRmDrL_jmk ~Mathematical Dexterity (Don't Worry, Be Hoppy!)
Video Solution 4
~IceMatrix
Video Solution 5
~savannahsolver
Video Solution 6
https://youtu.be/ba6w1OhXqOQ?t=3551
~ pi_is_3.14
See Also
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