2000 AIME I Problems/Problem 12
Problem
Given a function for which holds for all real what is the largest number of different values that can appear in the list
Solution
\begin{align*}f(2158 - x) = f(x) &= f(3214 - (2158 - x)) &= f(1056 + x)\\ f(398 - x) = f(x) &= f(2158 - (398 - x)) &= f(1760 + x)\end{eqnarray*} (Error compiling LaTeX. ! LaTeX Error: \begin{align*} on input line 20 ended by \end{eqnarray*}.)
Since we can conclude that (by the Euclidean algorithm)
So we need only to consider one period , which can have at most distinct values which determine the value of at all other integers.
But we also know that , so the values and are repeated. This gives a total of
distinct values.
To show that it is possible to have distinct, we try to find a function which fulfills the given conditions. A bit of trial and error would lead to the cosine function: (in degrees).
See also
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