# 1990 AIME Problems/Problem 4

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## Problem

Find the positive solution to

$\frac 1{x^2-10x-29}+\frac1{x^2-10x-45}-\frac 2{x^2-10x-69}=0$

## Solution

We could clear out the denominators by multiplying, though that would be unnecessarily tedious.

To simplify the equation, substitute $a = x^2 - 10x - 29$ (the denominator of the first fraction). We can rewrite the equation as $\frac{1}{a} + \frac{1}{a - 16} - \frac{2}{a - 40} = 0$. Multiplying out the denominators now, we get:

$$(a - 16)(a - 40) + a(a - 40) - 2(a)(a - 16) = 0$$

Simplifying, $-64a + 40 \times 16 = 0$, so $a = 10$. Re-substituting, $10 = x^2 - 10x - 29 \Longleftrightarrow 0 = (x - 13)(x + 3)$. The positive root is $\boxed{013}$.

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