2014 UNCO Math Contest II Problems/Problem 1
Problem
The Duchess had a child on May 1st every two years until she had five children. This year the youngest is and the ages of the children are , and . Alice notices that the sum of the ages is a perfect square: . How old will the youngest be the next time the sum of the ages of the five children is a perfect square, and what is that perfect square?
Solution
We know that the sum of the ages is 25. To get another perfect square, we need to multiply it by a perfect square, so we get 100 for the next perfect square. We know their ages are (N-4)+(N-2)+(N)+(N+2)+(N+4)=100. Solving for N gives us 20, so the youngest is 20-4=16.
See also
2014 UNCO Math Contest II (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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