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If <math>a\geq b > 1,</math> what is the largest possible value of <math>\log_{a}(a/b) + \log_{b}(b/a)?</math> | If <math>a\geq b > 1,</math> what is the largest possible value of <math>\log_{a}(a/b) + \log_{b}(b/a)?</math> | ||
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Using logarithmic rules, we see that | Using logarithmic rules, we see that | ||
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<cmath>=2-(\log_{a}b+\frac {1}{\log_{a}b})</cmath> | <cmath>=2-(\log_{a}b+\frac {1}{\log_{a}b})</cmath> | ||
− | Since <math>a</math> and <math>b</math> are both | + | Since <math>a</math> and <math>b</math> are both greater than <math>1</math>, using [[AM-GM]] gives that the term in parentheses must be at least <math>2</math>, so the largest possible values is <math>2-2=0 \Rightarrow \boxed{\textbf{B}}.</math> |
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+ | Note that the maximum occurs when <math>a=b</math>. | ||
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+ | ==Video Solution== | ||
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+ | The Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InF2phZZi2A&t=1s | ||
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+ | -MistyMathMusic | ||
== See Also == | == See Also == | ||
− | + | {{AMC12 box|year=2003|ab=A|num-b=23|num-a=25}} | |
− | {{AMC12 box|year=2003|ab=A|num-b=23| | ||
{{MAA Notice}} | {{MAA Notice}} |
Latest revision as of 12:03, 19 April 2021
Contents
Problem
If what is the largest possible value of
Solution
Using logarithmic rules, we see that
Since and are both greater than , using AM-GM gives that the term in parentheses must be at least , so the largest possible values is
Note that the maximum occurs when .
Video Solution
The Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InF2phZZi2A&t=1s
-MistyMathMusic
See Also
2003 AMC 12A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
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Followed by Problem 25 |
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