2021 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 25
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Problem
Let denote the number of positive integers that divide , including and . For example, and . (This function is known as the divisor function.) LetThere is a unique positive integer such that for all positive integers . What is the sum of the digits of
Solution 1
Consider the prime factorization By the Multiplication Principle, Now, we rewrite as As for all positive integers it follows that for all positive integers and , if and only if So, is maximized if and only if is maximized.
For every factor with a fixed where the denominator grows faster than the numerator, as exponential functions grow faster than polynomial functions. For each prime we look for the for which is a relative maximum:
Finally, the number we seek is The sum of its digits is
Actually, once we get that is a factor of we know that the sum of the digits of must be a multiple of Only choice is possible.
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Solution 2 (Fast)
Using the answer choices to our advantage, we can show that must be divisible by 9 without explicitly computing , by exploiting the following fact:
Claim: If is not divisible by 3, then .
Proof: Since is a multiplicative function, we have and . Then
Note that the values and do not have to be explicitly computed; we only need the fact that which is easy to show by hand.
The above claim automatically implies is a multiple of 9: if was not divisible by 9, then which is a contradiction, and if was divisible by 3 and not 9, then , also a contradiction. Then the sum of digits of must be a multiple of 9, so only choice works.
-scrabbler94
Video Solution by OmegaLearn (Multiplicative function properties + Meta-solving )
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