2012 AIME I Problems/Problem 9
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Problem 9
Let and be positive real numbers that satisfy The value of can be expressed in the form where and are relatively prime positive integers. Find
Solution 1
Since there are only two dependent equations given and three unknowns, the three expressions given can equate to any common value (that isn't 0, of course), so to simplify the problem let us assume without loss of generality that Then Solving these equations, we quickly see that and then Finally, our desired value is and thus
Solution 2
Notice that , and .
From this, we see that is the geometric mean of and . So, for constant : Since are in a geometric progression, so is .
Therefore, is the geometric mean of and We can plug in to any of the two equal fractions aforementioned. So, without loss of generality:
Thus and .
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