1996 AIME Problems/Problem 10
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Problem
Find the smallest positive integer solution to .
Solution
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The period of the tangent function is , and the tangent function is one-to-one over each period of its domain.
Thus, .
Since , multiplying both sides by yields .
Therefore, the smallest positive solution is .
Solution 2
which is the same as i.e.
So , for some integer . Then , from which after some manipulation. The smallest suitable value of is therefore 16 from which
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