2017 AIME I Problems/Problem 10
Let and where Let be the unique complex number with the properties that is a real number and the imaginary part of is the greatest possible. Find the real part of .
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Let us write be some imaginary number with form Similarly, we can write as some
The product must be real, so we have that is real. Of this, must be real, so the imaginary parts only arise from the second part of the product. Thus we have
is real. The imaginary part of this is which we recognize as This is only when is some multiple of In this problem, this implies and must form a cyclic quadrilateral, so the possibilities of lie on the circumcircle of and
To maximize the imaginary part of it must lie at the top of the circumcircle, which means the real part of is the same as the real part of the circumcenter. The center of the circumcircle can be found in various ways, (such as computing the intersection of the perpendicular bisectors of the sides) and when computed gives us that the real part of the circumcenter is so the real part of is and thus our answer is
First we calculate , which becomes .
Next, we define to be for some real numbers and . Then, can be written as Multiplying both the numerator and denominator by the conjugate of the denominator, we get:
In order for the product to be a real number, since both denominators are real numbers, we must have the numerator of be a multiple of the conjugate of , namely So, we have and for some real number .
Then, we get:
Expanding both sides and combining like terms, we get:
which can be rewritten as:
Now, common sense tells us that to maximize , we would need to maximize . Therefore, we must set to its lowest value, namely 0. Therefore, must be
You can also notice that the ab terms cancel out so all you need is the x-coordinate of the center and only expand the a parts of the equation.
If you don't already(and can consistently solve at least questions on the AIME or more), you should learn how to complex bash for Olympiads. The just means is on the circumcircle of and we just want the highest point on the circle in terms of imaginary part. Convert to Cartesian coordinates and we just need to compute the -coordinate of the circumcircle of (just get the intersection of the perpendicular bisectors) and we get the -coordinate of the circumcircle is .
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