2000 AIME II Problems/Problem 13

Problem

The equation $2000x^6+100x^5+10x^3+x-2=0$ has exactly two real roots, one of which is $\frac{m+\sqrt{n}}r$, where $m$, $n$ and $r$ are integers, $m$ and $r$ are relatively prime, and $r>0$. Find $m+n+r$.

Solution

We may factor the equation as:[1]

\begin{align*} 2000x^6+100x^5+10x^3+x-2&=0\\ 2(1000x^6-1) + x(100x^4+10x^2+1)&=0\\ 2[(10x^2)^3-1]+x[(10x^2)^2+(10x^2)+1]&=0\\ 2(10x^2-1)[(10x^2)^2+(10x^2)+1]+x[(10x^2)^2+(10x^2)+1]&=0\\ (20x^2+x-2)(100x^4+10x^2+1)&=0\\ \end{align*}

Now $100x^4+10x^2+1\ge 1>0$ for real $x$. Thus the real roots must be the roots of the equation $20x^2+x-2=0$. By the quadratic formula the roots of this are:

\[x=\frac{-1\pm\sqrt{1^2-4(-2)(20)}}{40} = \frac{-1\pm\sqrt{1+160}}{40} = \frac{-1\pm\sqrt{161}}{40}.\]

Thus $r=\frac{-1+\sqrt{161}}{40}$, and so the final answer is $-1+161+40 = \boxed{200}$.



^ A well-known technique for dealing with symmetric (or in this case, nearly symmetric) polynomials is to divide through by a power of $x$ with half of the polynomial's degree (in this case, divide through by $x^3$), and then to use one of the substitutions $t = x \pm \frac{1}{x}$. In this case, the substitution $t = x\sqrt{10} - \frac{1}{x\sqrt{10}}$ gives $t^2 + 2 = 10x^2 + \frac 1{10x^2}$ and $2\sqrt{10}(t^3 + 3t) = 200x^3 - \frac{2}{10x^3}$, which reduces the polynomial to just $(t^2 + 3)\left(2\sqrt{10}t + 1\right) = 0$. Then one can backwards solve for $x$.

See also

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Problem 14
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