1984 AIME Problems/Problem 14
Problem
What is the largest even integer that cannot be written as the sum of two odd composite numbers?
Solution
Take an even positive integer . is either , , or . Notice that the numbers , , , ... , and in general for nonnegative are odd composites. We now have 3 cases:
If and is , can be expressed as for some nonnegative . Note that and are both odd composites.
If and is , can be expressed as for some nonnegative . Note that and are both odd composites.
If and is , can be expressed as for some nonnegative . Note that and are both odd composites.
Clearly, if , it can be expressed as a sum of 2 odd composites. However, if , it can also be expressed using case 1, and if , using case 3. is the largest even integer that our cases do not cover. If we examine the possible ways of splitting into two addends, we see that no pair of odd composites add to . Therefore, is the largest possible number that is not expressible as the sum of two odd composite numbers.
See also
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