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2012 AIME I Problems/Problem 6

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Problem 6

The complex numbers $z$ and $w$ satisfy $z^{13} = w,$ $w^{11} = z,$ and the imaginary part of $z$ is $\sin{\frac{m\pi}{n}}$, for relatively prime positive integers $m$ and $n$ with $m<n.$ Find $n.$


Substituting the first equation into the second, we find that $(z^{13})^{11} = z$ and thus $z^{142} = 1.$ So $z$ must be a $142$nd root of unity, and thus the imaginary part of $z$ will be $\sin{\frac{2m\pi}{142}} = \sin{\frac{m\pi}{71}}$ for some $m$ with $0 \le m < 142.$ But note that $71$ is prime and $m<71$ by the conditions of the problem so the denominator in the argument of this value will always be $71$ and thus $n = \boxed{071.}$

See also

2012 AIME I (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 5
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Problem 7
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