2005 AIME II Problems/Problem 5
The equation can be rewritten as Multiplying through by and factoring yields . Therefore, or , so either or .
- For the case , note that and . Thus, all values of from to will work.
- For the case , note that while . Therefore, for this case, all values of from to work.
There are possibilities for the square case and possibilities for the cube case. Thus, the answer is .
Note that Inclusion-Exclusion does not need to be used, as the problem is asking for ordered pairs , and not for the number of possible values of . Were the problem to ask for the number of possible values of , the values of under would have to be subtracted, which would just be values: and . However, the ordered pairs where b is to the sixth power are distinct, so they are not redundant. (For example, the pairs (4, 64) and (8, 64).)
Let . Then our equation becomes . Multiplying through by and solving the quadratic gives us or . Hence or .
For the first case , can range from 2 to 44, a total of 43 values. For the second case , can range from 2 to 12, a total of 11 values.
Thus the total number of possible values is .
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