2020 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 13
Problem
There are integers and each greater than such that
for all . What is ?
Solution
can be simplified to
The equation is then which implies that
has to be since . is the result when and are and
being will make the fraction which is close to .
Finally, with being , the fraction becomes . In this case and work, which means that must equal ~lopkiloinm
Solution 2
As above, notice that you get
Now, combine the fractions to get .
WLOG, let and .
From the first equation we get . Note also that from the second equation, and must both be factors of 36.
After some trial and error we find that and works, with . So our answer is
~Silverdragon
Edits by ~Snore
Solution 3
Collapsed, . Comparing this to , observe that and . The first can be rewritten as . Then, has to factor into 24 while 1 less than that also must factor into 36. The prime factorizations are as follows and . Then, , as only 4 and 3 factor into 36 and 24 while being 1 apart.
(b=1 technically works but I don't care. a,b,c>1 as in the question)
~~BJHHar
See Also
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