# 2008 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 19

## Problem 19

A function $f$ is defined by $f(z) = (4 + i) z^2 + \alpha z + \gamma$ for all complex numbers $z$, where $\alpha$ and $\gamma$ are complex numbers and $i^2 = - 1$. Suppose that $f(1)$ and $f(i)$ are both real. What is the smallest possible value of $| \alpha | + |\gamma |$ ? $\textbf{(A)} \; 1 \qquad \textbf{(B)} \; \sqrt {2} \qquad \textbf{(C)} \; 2 \qquad \textbf{(D)} \; 2 \sqrt {2} \qquad \textbf{(E)} \; 4 \qquad$

## Solution

We need only concern ourselves with the imaginary portions of $f(1)$ and $f(i)$ (both of which must be 0). These are: \begin{align*} \textrm{Im}(f(1)) & = i+i\textrm{Im}(\alpha)+i\textrm{Im}(\gamma) \\ \textrm{Im}(f(i)) & = -i+i\textrm{Re}(\alpha)+i\textrm{Im}(\gamma) \end{align*}

Let $p=\textrm{Im}(\gamma)$ and $q=\textrm{Re}{(\gamma)},$ then we know $\textrm{Im}(\alpha)=-p-1$ and $\textrm{Re}(\alpha)=1-p.$ Therefore $$|\alpha|+|\gamma|=\sqrt{(1-p)^2+(-1-p)^2}+\sqrt{q^2+p^2}=\sqrt{2p^2+2}+\sqrt{p^2+q^2},$$ which reaches its minimum $\sqrt 2$ when $p=q=0.$ So the answer is $\boxed B.$

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