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Contents
Problem
Prove that there are infinitely many distinct pairs of relatively prime integers and such that is divisible by .
Solution 1
Let and . We see that and are relatively prime (they are consecutive positive odd integers).
Lemma: .
Since every number has a unique modular inverse, the lemma is equivalent to proving that . Expanding, we have the result.
Substituting for and , we have where we use our lemma and the Euler totient theorem: when and are relatively prime.
Solution 2
Let be any odd number above 1
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See also
2017 USAJMO (Problems • Resources) | ||
First Problem | Followed by Problem 2 | |
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 | ||
All USAJMO Problems and Solutions |