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Revision as of 09:29, 18 October 2007
Problem
The equation has complex roots with argument between and in thet complex plane. Determine the degree measure of .
Solution
If is a root of , then . The polynomial has all of its roots with absolute value 1 and argument of the form for integer .
This reduces to either 120 or 160. But can't be 120 because if , then and , a contradiction. This leaves .
See also
1984 AIME (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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