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− | One of Euler's conjectures was disproved in the 1960s by three American mathematicians when they showed there was a positive integer such that <math>133^5+110^5+84^5+27^5=n^{5 | + | One of Euler's conjectures was disproved in the 1960s by three American mathematicians when they showed there was a positive integer such that <math>133^5+110^5+84^5+27^5=n^{5}</math>. Find the value of <math>n</math>. |
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Problem
One of Euler's conjectures was disproved in the 1960s by three American mathematicians when they showed there was a positive integer such that . Find the value of .
Solution
By Fermat's Little Theorem, we know is congruent to modulo 5. Hence,
Continuing, we examine the equation modulo 3,
Thus, is divisible by three and leaves a remainder of four when divided by 5. It's obvious that , so the only possibilities are or . It quickly becomes apparent that 174 is much too large, so must be .
See also
1989 AIME (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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