2003 AIME II Problems/Problem 15
Problem
Let
Let be the distinct zeros of and let for where and and are real numbers. Let
where and are integers and is not divisible by the square of any prime. Find
Solution
We can rewrite the definition of as follows:
This can quite obviously be factored as:
Note that . So the roots of are exactly all -th complex roots of , except for the root .
Let . Then the distinct zeros of are .
We can clearly ignore the root as it does not contribute to the value that we need to compute.
The squares of the other roots are .
Hence we need to compute the following sum:
Using basic properties of the sine function, we can simplify this to
The five-element sum is just . We know that , , and . Hence our sum evaluates to:
Therefore the answer is .
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