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We can see that for each value of <math>k</math>, <math>\lfloor k \{ x \} \rfloor</math> can equal integers from <math>0</math> to <math>k-1</math>. | We can see that for each value of <math>k</math>, <math>\lfloor k \{ x \} \rfloor</math> can equal integers from <math>0</math> to <math>k-1</math>. | ||
− | Clearly, the value of <math>\lfloor k \{ x \} \rfloor</math> changes only when x is equal to any of the fractions <math>\frac{1}{k}, \frac{2}{k} \dots \frac{k-1}{k}</math>. | + | Clearly, the value of <math>\lfloor k \{ x \} \rfloor</math> changes only when <math>x</math> is equal to any of the fractions <math>\frac{1}{k}, \frac{2}{k} \dots \frac{k-1}{k}</math>. |
So we want to count how many distinct fractions less than <math>1</math> have the form <math>\frac{m}{n}</math> where <math>n \le 10</math>. We can find this easily by computing | So we want to count how many distinct fractions less than <math>1</math> have the form <math>\frac{m}{n}</math> where <math>n \le 10</math>. We can find this easily by computing |
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Problem
Let , where denotes the greatest integer less than or equal to . How many distinct values does assume for ?
Solution
Since , we have
The function can then be simplified into
which becomes
We can see that for each value of , can equal integers from to .
Clearly, the value of changes only when is equal to any of the fractions .
So we want to count how many distinct fractions less than have the form where . We can find this easily by computing
where is the Euler Totient Function. Basically counts the number of fractions with as its denominator (after simplification). This comes out to be .
Because the value of is at least 0 and can increase 31 times, there are a total of different possible values of .
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