2000 AIME II Problems/Problem 14

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Problem

Every positive integer $k$ has a unique factorial base expansion $(f_1,f_2,f_3,\ldots,f_m)$, meaning that $k=1!\cdot f_1+2!\cdot f_2+3!\cdot f_3+\cdots+m!\cdot f_m$, where each $f_i$ is an integer, $0\le f_i\le i$, and $0<f_m$. Given that $(f_1,f_2,f_3,\ldots,f_j)$ is the factorial base expansion of $16!-32!+48!-64!+\cdots+1968!-1984!+2000!$, find the value of $f_1-f_2+f_3-f_4+\cdots+(-1)^{j+1}f_j$.

Solution

Note that $1+\sum_{k=1}^{n-1} {k\cdot k!} = 1+\sum_{k=1}^{n-1} {(k+1)\cdot k!- k!} = 1+\sum_{k=1}^{n-1} {(k+1)!- k!} = n!$

Thus for all $m\in\mathbb{N}$,

$(32m+16)!-(32m)! = \left(1+\sum_{k=1}^{32m+15} {k\cdot k!}\right)-\left(1+\sum_{k=1}^{32m-1} {k\cdot k!}\right) = \sum_{k=32m}^{32m+15}k\cdot k!.$

So now,

$\begin{align*} 16!-32!+48!-64!+\cdots+1968!-1984!+2000!&=16!+(48!-32!)+(80!-64!)\cdots+(2000!-1984!)\\ &=16! +\sum_{m=1}^{62}(32m+16)!-(32m)!\\ &=16! +\sum_{m=1}^{62}\sum_{k=32m}^{32m+15}k\cdot k! \end{align*}$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Package amsmath Error: \begin{align*} allowed only in paragraph mode.)

Therefore we have $f_{16} = 1$, $f_k=k$ if $32m\le k \le 32m+15$ for some $m=1,2,\ldots,62$, and $f_k = 0$ for all other $k$.

Therefore we have:

$\begin{align*} f_1-f_2+f_3-f_4+\cdots+(-1)^{j+1}f_j &= (-1)^{17}\cdot 1 + \sum_{m=1}^{62}\sum_{k=32m}^{32m+15}(-1)^{k+1}k\\ &= -1 + \sum_{m=1}^{62}\left[\sum_{j=16m}^{16m+7}(-1)^{2j+1}2j+\sum_{j=16m}^{16m+7}(-1)^{2j+2}(2j+1)\right]\\ &= -1 + \sum_{m=1}^{62}\sum_{j=16m}^{16m+7}[(-1)^{2j+1}2j+(-1)^{2j+2}(2j+1)]\\ &= -1 + \sum_{m=1}^{62}\sum_{j=16m}^{16m+7}[-2j+(2j+1)]\\ &= -1 + \sum_{m=1}^{62}\sum_{j=16m}^{16m+7}1\\ &= -1 + \sum_{m=1}^{62}8\\ &= -1 + 8\cdot 62\\ &= \boxed{495} \end{align*}$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Package amsmath Error: \begin{align*} allowed only in paragraph mode.)

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