1984 AIME Problems/Problem 13
Problem
Find the value of
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Solution
Solution 1
We know that so we can repeatedly apply the addition formula, . Let , , , and . We have
,
So
and
,
so
.
Thus our answer is .
Solution 2
Apply the formula repeatedly. Using it twice on the inside, the desired sum becomes . This sum can then be tackled by taking the cotangent of both sides of the inverse cotangent addition formula shown at the beginning.
Solution 3
On the coordinate plane, let , , , , , , , , , and . We see that , , , and . The sum of these four angles forms the angle of triangle , which has a cotangent of , which must mean that . So the answer is .
Solution 4
Recall that and that . Then letting and , we are left with
Expanding , we are left with
See also
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