Difference between revisions of "1998 USAMO Problems/Problem 1"

m (See Also)
Line 14: Line 14:
[[Category:Olympiad Number Theory Problems]]
[[Category:Olympiad Number Theory Problems]]
{{MAA Notice}}

Revision as of 12:34, 4 July 2013


Suppose that the set $\{1,2,\cdots, 1998\}$ has been partitioned into disjoint pairs $\{a_i,b_i\}$ ($1\leq i\leq 999$) so that for all $i$, $|a_i-b_i|$ equals $1$ or $6$. Prove that the sum \[|a_1-b_1|+|a_2-b_2|+\cdots +|a_{999}-b_{999}|\] ends in the digit $9$.


If $S=|a_1-b_1|+|a_2-b_2|+\cdots +|a_{999}-b_{999}|$, then $S \equiv 1+1+\cdots + 1 \equiv 999 \equiv 4 \bmod{5}$.

For integers M, N we have $|M-N| \equiv M-N \equiv M+N \bmod{2}$.

So we also have $S \equiv a_1+b_1+a_2-b_2+\cdots +a_{999}+b_{999} \equiv 1+2+ \cdots +1998 \equiv 999*1999 \equiv 1 \bmod{2}$ also, so $S \equiv 9\bmod{10}$.

See Also

1998 USAMO (ProblemsResources)
Preceded by
First Question
Followed by
Problem 2
1 2 3 4 5 6
All USAMO Problems and Solutions

The problems on this page are copyrighted by the Mathematical Association of America's American Mathematics Competitions. AMC logo.png

Invalid username
Login to AoPS