2020 CIME I Problems/Problem 6
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Problem 6
Find the number of complex numbers satisfying and .
Solution 1
We reduce the problem to , remembering to multiply the final product by 50. We need the imaginary parts of the numbers to cancel, which by working modulo 360 we can easily determine only happens when the number is of the form (this holds true because we are only looking for solutions with a magnitude of ). We also need the real parts to sum to . We check all the multiples of 15 that result in being negative, and find that only two work(or alternatively, if you are good, you can guess that only and work). The answer is then .
Solution 2
Let and suppose is such that and . Note that is not real (by descartes rule of signs), thus is also a root of . It follows that . Subtracting we have Now else , and else . Hence if and then we must have . Conversely, if satisfies then so that and . Therefore satisfies and if and only if . Note that this equation has 100 solutions (by the fundamental theorem of algebra) lying on the unit circle. Furthermore they are distinct since the solutions of are distinct and is a factor of . Therefore the answer is 100.
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