2013 AIME II Problems/Problem 12
Problem 12
Let be the set of all polynomials of the form , where , , and are integers. Find the number of polynomials in such that each of its roots satisfies either or .
Solution
Every cubic in real coefficients has to have either three real roots or one real and two complex roots which are conjugates. This follows from Vieta's formulas. Factorise the polynomial , where is the complex conjugate of omega. We know that is the real root which must be , , , or , and it doesn't matter which. . Let . Viète tells us that ), but (i.e., adding the conjugates cancels the imaginary part). a the quadratic coefficient must be an integer so is some integer over . 20 or 13 so you have a bound on : either or . Don't forget zero! We're not double counting the numbers between and here because there's an imaginary part too -- , and what you get when you solve for beta will depend on what the magnitude was. You have the magnitude so determines totally (you can solve for the imaginary part) and determines . Now just count: 4 possibilities for the real root times [(52+1) possibilities if plus (80+1) possibilities if = 536. But this is not all, we also have ways of constructing a totally real polynomial (all real roots), which gives you .
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