2021 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 15
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Problem
The real number satisfies the equation . What is the value of
Solution 1
We square to get . We subtract 2 on both sides for and square again, and see that so . We can divide our original expression of by to get that it is equal to . Therefore because is 7, it is equal to .
Solution 2
Multiplying both sides by and using the quadratic formula, we get . We can assume that it is , and notice that this is also a solution the equation , i.e. we have . Repeatedly using this on the given (you can also just note Fibonacci numbers),
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Solution 3
We can immediately note that the exponents of are an arithmetic sequence, so they are symmetric around the middle term. So, . We can see that since , and therefore . Continuing from here, we get , so . We don't even need to find what is! This is since is evidently , which is our answer.
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Solution 4
We begin by multiplying by , resulting in . Now we see this equation: . The terms all have in common, so we can factor that out, and what we're looking for becomes . Looking back to our original equation, we have , which is equal to . Using this, we can evaluate to be , and we see that there is another , so we put substitute it in again, resulting in . Using the same way, we find that is . We put this into , resulting in , so the answer is .
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Video Solution by OmegaLearn (Algebraic Manipulations and Symmetric Polynomials)
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Video Solution by Interstigation (Simple Silly Bashing)
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Video Solution by TheBeautyofMath
Not the most efficient method, but gets the job done.
https://youtu.be/L1iW94Ue3eI?t=1468
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