2022 USAJMO Problems/Problem 1
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Problem
For which positive integers does there exist an infinite arithmetic sequence of integers and an infinite geometric sequence of integers satisfying the following properties?
is divisible by for all integers ;
is not divisible by .
Solution
Let the arithmetic sequence be and the geometric sequence to be . Rewriting the problem based on our new terminology, we want to find all positive integers such that there exist integers with and for all integers .
Note that
for all integers . From (1) and (2), we have and from (2) and (3), we have . Reinterpreting both equations,
for all integers . Thus, . Note that if , then , which, plugged into (4), yields , which is invalid. Also, note that (4)(5) gives
so if or , then , which is also invalid. Thus, according to (6), , with . Also from (7) is that .
Finally, we can conclude that the only that will work are numbers in the form of , other than , for integers ( and can be equal), ie. .
~sml1809
Solution 1
We claim that satisfies the given conditions if and only if is a perfect square.
To begin, we let the common difference of be and the common ratio of be . Then, rewriting the conditions modulo gives:
Condition holds if no consecutive terms in are equivalent modulo , which is the same thing as never having consecutive, equal, terms, in . By Condition , this is also the same as never having equal, consecutive, terms in :
Also, Condition holds if
Restating, , and the conditions and hold if and only if is a perfect square.
[will finish that step here]
Note: This shouldn't work since we see that m = 12 is a solution. Let the initials for both series by 1, then let the ratio be 7 and the common difference to be 6. We see multiplying by 7 mod 12 that the geometric sequence is alternating from 1 to 7 to 1 to 7 and so on, which is the same as adding 6. Therefore, this solution is wrong. My counter-conjecture is that all non square-free m (4, 8, 9, 16, 18, 25...) should all work, but I don't have a proof. However, if you edit the one above, you can see non square-free m will work. In order to construct a ratio, we could us (4) and find a square multiple of m, take the square root and add 1 to get the ratio. Let then or is not divisble by . If , this is false and this is not possible. But if it isn't, if isn't square free, then it should work.
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