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Thus, we can group the values of <math>b</math> into groups of 2004.  WLOG, let one group be <math>\{ b_1, b_2, b_3, \cdots b_{2004} \}</math>.  We can have
 
Thus, we can group the values of <math>b</math> into groups of 2004.  WLOG, let one group be <math>\{ b_1, b_2, b_3, \cdots b_{2004} \}</math>.  We can have
<cmath>f(5^a \cdot b_n) = \left\{\begin{array}{l} 5^a \cdot b_{n+1}, n < 2004 \\ 5^{a+1} \cdot b_1, n = 2004\end{array}\right</cmath>
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<cmath>f(5^a \cdot b_n) = \left \{ \begin{array}{l} 5^a \cdot b_{n+1}, n < 2004 \\ 5^{a+1} \cdot b_1, n = 2004\end{array} \right.</cmath>
 
as the function that satisfies the initial conditions for all <math>b</math> in the given set.  Since we can apply a similar function from the other groups of 2004, we can demonstrate that there is a function <math>f(x)</math> that satisfies the conditions for all non-negative integers.
 
as the function that satisfies the initial conditions for all <math>b</math> in the given set.  Since we can apply a similar function from the other groups of 2004, we can demonstrate that there is a function <math>f(x)</math> that satisfies the conditions for all non-negative integers.
  

Latest revision as of 13:59, 27 January 2020

Problem

Let $\mathbb{N}_0=\{0,1,2 \cdots \}$. Does there exist a function $f: \mathbb{N}_0 \to \mathbb{N}_0$ such that: \[f^{2003}(n)=5n, \forall n \in \mathbb{N}_0\] where we define: $f^1(n)=f(n)$ and $f^{k+1}(n)=f(f^k(n))$, $\forall k \in \mathbb{N}_0$?

Solution (credit to akhan98)

Let $n = 5^a \cdot b$, where $a,b$ are integers and $b$ is relatively prime to 5. Notice that there are an infinite number of values that $b$ can be.


Thus, we can group the values of $b$ into groups of 2004. WLOG, let one group be $\{ b_1, b_2, b_3, \cdots b_{2004} \}$. We can have \[f(5^a \cdot b_n) = \left \{ \begin{array}{l} 5^a \cdot b_{n+1}, n < 2004 \\ 5^{a+1} \cdot b_1, n = 2004\end{array} \right.\] as the function that satisfies the initial conditions for all $b$ in the given set. Since we can apply a similar function from the other groups of 2004, we can demonstrate that there is a function $f(x)$ that satisfies the conditions for all non-negative integers.

See Also

2003 Pan African MO (Problems)
Preceded by
Problem 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 Followed by
Problem 5
All Pan African MO Problems and Solutions
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