2005 AIME II Problems/Problem 11
Problem
Let be a positive integer, and let be a sequence of reals such that and for Find
Solution 1
For , we have
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Thus the product is a monovariant: it decreases by 3 each time increases by 1. For we have , so when , will be zero for the first time, which implies that , our answer.
Note: In order for we need simply by the recursion definition.
Solution 2
Plugging in to the given relation, we get . Inspecting the value of for small values of , we see that . Setting the RHS of this equation equal to , we find that must be .
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Video solution
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfxNr7lv7iQ
See also
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