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− | Note that at least one of <math>w+3i</math>, <math>w+9i</math>, | + | Note that at least one of <math>w+3i</math>, <math>w+9i</math>, or <math>2w-4</math> is real by complex conjugate roots. We now separate into casework based on which one. |
Let <math>w=x+yi</math>, where <math>x</math> and <math>y</math> are reals. | Let <math>w=x+yi</math>, where <math>x</math> and <math>y</math> are reals. | ||
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Case 3: <math>2w-4</math> is real. Going through the same steps, we get <math>y=0</math>, so <math>w=x</math>. Now <math>w+3i</math> and <math>w+6i</math> are complex conjugates, but <math>w=x</math>, which means that <math>\overline{x+3i}=x+6i</math>, so <math>x-3i=x+6i</math>, which has no solutions. | Case 3: <math>2w-4</math> is real. Going through the same steps, we get <math>y=0</math>, so <math>w=x</math>. Now <math>w+3i</math> and <math>w+6i</math> are complex conjugates, but <math>w=x</math>, which means that <math>\overline{x+3i}=x+6i</math>, so <math>x-3i=x+6i</math>, which has no solutions. | ||
− | Thus case 1 is the only one that works, so <math>w=4-3i</math> and our polynomial is <math>( | + | Thus case 1 is the only one that works, so <math>w=4-3i</math> and our polynomial is <math>(z-(4))(z-(4+6i))(z-(4-6i))</math>. Note that instead of expanding this, we can save time by realizing that the answer format is <math>|a+b+c|</math>, so we can plug in <math>z=1</math> to our polynomial to get the sum of coefficients, which will give us <math>a+b+c+1</math>. Plugging in <math>z=1</math> into our polynomial, we get <math>(-3)(-3-6i)(-3+6i)</math> which evaluates to <math>-135</math>. Since this is <math>a+b+c+1</math>, we subtract 1 from this to get <math>a+b+c=-136</math>, so <math>|a+b+c|=\boxed{136}</math>. |
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Problem 7
Let , where a, b, and c are real. There exists a complex number such that the three roots of are , , and , where . Find .
Solution (vieta's)
Set , so , , .
Since , the imaginary part of must be .
Start with a, since it's the easiest one to do: ,
and therefore: , , .
Now, do the part where the imaginary part of c is 0 since it's the second easiest one to do: . The imaginary part is , which is 0, and therefore , since doesn't work.
So now, ,
and therefore: . Finally, we have .
Solution 1b
Same as solution 1 except that when you get to , , , you don't need to find the imaginary part of . We know that is a real number, which means that and are complex conjugates. Therefore, .
Solution 2 (casework)
Note that at least one of , , or is real by complex conjugate roots. We now separate into casework based on which one.
Let , where and are reals.
Case 1: is real. This implies that is real, so by setting the imaginary part equal to zero we get , so . Now note that since is real, and are complex conjugates. Thus , so , implying that , so .
Case 2: is real. This means that is real, so again setting imaginary part to zero we get , so . Now by the same logic as above and are complex conjugates. Thus , so , so , which has no solution as is real.
Case 3: is real. Going through the same steps, we get , so . Now and are complex conjugates, but , which means that , so , which has no solutions.
Thus case 1 is the only one that works, so and our polynomial is . Note that instead of expanding this, we can save time by realizing that the answer format is , so we can plug in to our polynomial to get the sum of coefficients, which will give us . Plugging in into our polynomial, we get which evaluates to . Since this is , we subtract 1 from this to get , so .
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See also
2010 AIME II (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
Preceded by Problem 6 |
Followed by Problem 8 | |
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