2018 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 25
Problem
Let denote the greatest integer less than or equal to . How many real numbers satisfy the equation ?
Solution
This rewrites itself to .
Graphing and we see that the former is a set of line segments with slope from to with a hole at , then to with a hole at etc.
Here is a graph of and for visualization.
Now notice that when then graph has a hole at which the equation passes through and then continues upwards. Thus our set of possible solutions is bounded by . We can see that intersects each of the lines once and there are lines for an answer of .
Alternative, Bashy Solution
Same as the first solution, .
We can write as . Expanding everything, we get a quadratic in in terms of :
We use the quadratic formula to solve for {x}:
Since , we get an inequality which we can then solve. After simplifying a lot, we get that .
Solving over the integers, , and since is an integer, there are solutions. Each value of should correspond to one value of , so we are done.
Another Solution
Let where is the integer portion of and is the decimal portion. We can then rewrite the problem below:
From here, we get
Solving for a+k...
Because , we know that cannot be less than or equal to nor greater than or equal to . Therefore:
There are 199 elements in this range, so the answer is (MagentaCobra)
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