1990 AHSME Problems/Problem 29
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Problem
A subset of the integers has the property that none of its members is 3 times another. What is the largest number of members such a subset can have?
Solution 1
Notice that inclusion of the integers between 34 to 100 inclusive is allowed as long as no integer between 11 and 33 inclusive is within the set. This provides a total of 100 - 34 + 1 = 67 solutions.
Further analyzing the remaining integers between 1 and 10, we notice that we can include all the numbers except 3 (as including 3 would force us to remove both 9 and 1) to obtain the maximum number of 9 solutions.
Thus, 67 + 9 = 76
Solution 2
Write down in a column the elements which are indivisible by three, and then follow each one by
We can take at most elements from the first row, and at most elements from each of the next seven rows. After that we can take only from any following row. Thus the answer is the number of integers between and inclusive which are indivisible by three.
There are multiples of three in that range, so there are non-multiples, and , which is
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