2011 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 19
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Problem
At a competition with players, the number of players given elite status is equal to . Suppose that players are given elite status. What is the sum of the two smallest possible values of ?
Solution 1
We start with . After rearranging, we get .
Since is a positive integer, must be in the form of for some positive integer . From this fact, we get .
If we now check integer values of N that satisfy this condition, starting from , we quickly see that the first values that work for are and , giving values of and for , respectively. Adding up these two values for , we get
Solution 2
We examine the value that takes over various intervals. The means it changes on each multiple of 2, like so:
2 --> 1
3 - 4 --> 2
5 - 8 --> 3
9 - 16 --> 4
From this, we see that is the difference between the next power of 2 above and . We are looking for such that this difference is 19. The first two that satisfy this are and for a final answer of
See also
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