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− | Let <math>x</math> be | + | Let <math>x</math> be odd where <math>x>1</math>. We have <math>x^2-1=(x-1)(x+1),</math> so <math>x^2-1 \equiv 0 \pmod{2x+2}.</math> This means that <math>x^{x+2}-x^x \equiv 0 \pmod{2x+2},</math> and since x is odd, <math>x^{x+2}+(-x)^x \equiv 0 \pmod{2x+2},</math> or <math>x^{x+2}+x+2^x \equiv 0 \pmod{2x+2},</math> as desired. |
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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 . Therefore, we have , as desired.
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Solution 2
Let be odd where . We have so This means that and since x is odd, or as desired.
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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 |