2011 AIME II Problems/Problem 8
Let be the 12 zeroes of the polynomial . For each , let be one of or . Then the maximum possible value of the real part of can be written as where and are positive integers. Find .
The twelve dots above represent the roots of the equation . If we write , then the real part of is and the real part of is . The blue dots represent those roots for which the real part of is greater than the real part of , and the red dots represent those roots for which the real part of is greater than the real part of . Now, the sum of the real parts of the blue dots is easily seen to be and the negative of the sum of the imaginary parts of the red dots is easily seen to also be . Hence our desired sum is , giving the answer .
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