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So we wish to maximize | So we wish to maximize | ||
<cmath>(A+1)(M+1)(C+1)-13</cmath> | <cmath>(A+1)(M+1)(C+1)-13</cmath> | ||
− | Which is largest when all the factors are equal (consequence of AM-GM). Since <math>A+M+C=12</math>, we set <math>A= | + | Which is largest when all the factors are equal (consequence of AM-GM). Since <math>A+M+C=12</math>, we set <math>A=M=C=4</math> |
Which gives us | Which gives us | ||
<cmath>(4+1)(4+1)(4+1)-13=112</cmath> | <cmath>(4+1)(4+1)(4+1)-13=112</cmath> | ||
so the answer is <math>\boxed{\text{E}}</math>. | so the answer is <math>\boxed{\text{E}}</math>. | ||
+ | I wish you understand this problem and can use it in other problems. | ||
− | == Solution 2 == | + | == Solution 2 (Nonrigorous) == |
− | If you know that to maximize your result you have to make the numbers as close together as possible, (for example to maximize area for a polygon make it a square) then you can try to make <math>A,M</math> and <math>C</math> as close as possible. In this case, they would all be equal to <math>4</math>, so <math>AMC+AM+AC+MC=64+16+16+16=112</math>, giving you the answer of <math>\boxed{\text{E}}</math>. | + | If you know that to maximize your result you <math>\textit{usually}</math> have to make the numbers as close together as possible, (for example to maximize area for a polygon make it a square) then you can try to make <math>A,M</math> and <math>C</math> as close as possible. In this case, they would all be equal to <math>4</math>, so <math>AMC+AM+AC+MC=64+16+16+16=112</math>, giving you the answer of <math>\boxed{\text{E}}</math>. |
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+ | == Solution 3 == | ||
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+ | Assume <math>A</math>, <math>M</math>, and <math>C</math> are equal to <math>4</math>. Since the resulting value of <math>AMC+AM+AC+MC</math> will be <math>112</math> and this is the largest answer choice, our answer is <math>\boxed{\textbf{(E) }112}</math>. | ||
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+ | == Video Solution == | ||
+ | https://youtu.be/lxqxQhGterg | ||
== See also == | == See also == |
Latest revision as of 04:40, 29 July 2021
Problem
Let and be nonnegative integers such that . What is the maximum value of ?
Solution 1
It is not hard to see that Since , we can rewrite this as So we wish to maximize Which is largest when all the factors are equal (consequence of AM-GM). Since , we set Which gives us so the answer is . I wish you understand this problem and can use it in other problems.
Solution 2 (Nonrigorous)
If you know that to maximize your result you have to make the numbers as close together as possible, (for example to maximize area for a polygon make it a square) then you can try to make and as close as possible. In this case, they would all be equal to , so , giving you the answer of .
Solution 3
Assume , , and are equal to . Since the resulting value of will be and this is the largest answer choice, our answer is .
Video Solution
See also
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