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Which of the following polynomials has the greatest real root? | Which of the following polynomials has the greatest real root? | ||
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<math>\textbf{(A) } x^{19}+2018x^{11}+1 \qquad \textbf{(B) } x^{17}+2018x^{11}+1 \qquad \textbf{(C) } x^{19}+2018x^{13}+1 \qquad \textbf{(D) } x^{17}+2018x^{13}+1 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 2019x+2018 </math> | <math>\textbf{(A) } x^{19}+2018x^{11}+1 \qquad \textbf{(B) } x^{17}+2018x^{11}+1 \qquad \textbf{(C) } x^{19}+2018x^{13}+1 \qquad \textbf{(D) } x^{17}+2018x^{13}+1 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 2019x+2018 </math> | ||
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+ | === Solution 1 === | ||
+ | We can see that our real solution has to lie in the open interval <math>(-1,0)</math>. From there, note that <math>x^a < x^b</math> if <math>a</math>, <math>b</math> are odd positive integers if <math>a<b</math>, so hence it can only either be B or E(as all of the other polynomials will be larger than the polynomial B). E gives the solution <math>x=-\frac{2018}{2019}</math>. We can approximate the root for B by using <math>x=-\frac 12</math>. <cmath> (- \frac {1}{2}) ^{17} - \frac{2018}{2048} + 1 \approx 0</cmath> therefore the root for B is approximately <math>-\frac 12</math>. The answer is <math>\fbox{B}</math>. (cpma213) | ||
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+ | === Solution 2 (Calculus version of solution 1) === | ||
+ | Note that <math>a(-1)=b(-1)=c(-1)=d(-1) < 0</math> and <math>a(0)=b(0)=c(0)=d(0) > 0</math>. Calculating the definite integral for each function on the interval <math>[-1,0]</math>, we see that <math>B(x)\rvert^{0}_{-1}</math> gives the most negative value. To maximize our real root, we want to maximize the area of the curve under the x-axis, which means we want our integral to be as negative as possible and thus the answer is <math>\fbox{B}</math>. | ||
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+ | === Solution 3 (Alternate Calculus Version) === | ||
+ | Newton's Method is used to approximate the zero <math>x_{1}</math> of any real valued function given an estimation for the root <math>x_{0}</math>: <math>x_{1}=x_{0}-{\frac {f(x_{0})}{f'(x_{0})}}\,.</math> After looking at all the options, <math>x_{0}=-1</math> gives a reasonable estimate. For options A to D, <math>f(-1) = -2018</math> and the estimation becomes <math>x_{1}=-1+{\frac {2018}{f'(-1)}}\,.</math> Thus we need to minimize the derivative, giving us B. Now after comparing B and E through Newton's method, we see that B has the higher root, so the answer is <math>\fbox{B}</math>. (Qcumber) | ||
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+ | === Solution 4 === | ||
+ | Let the real solution to <math>B</math> be <math>a.</math> It is easy to see that when <math>a</math> is plugged in to <math>A,</math> since <math>-1 < a < 0,</math> <math>a^{19} < a^{17}</math> thus making the real solution to <math>A</math> more "negative", or smaller than <math>B.</math> Similarly we can assert that <math>D > C.</math> Now to compare <math>B</math> and <math>D,</math> we can use the same method to what we used before to compare <math>B</math> to <math>A,</math> in which it is easy to see that the smaller exponent <math>(11)</math> "wins". Now, the only thing left is for us to compare <math>B</math> and <math>E.</math> Plugging <math>\frac{-2018}{2019}</math> (or the solution to <math>E</math>) into <math>B</math> we obtain <math>\frac{(-2018)^{17}}{2019^{17}} + 2018\frac{(-2018)^{11}}{2019^{11}} + 1,</math> which is intuitively close to <math>-1 - 2018 + 1 = -2018, </math> much smaller than the solution the required <math>0.</math> (For a more rigorous proof, one can note that <math>(\frac{2018}{2019})^{17}</math> and <math>(\frac{2018}{2019}^{11})</math> are both much greater than <math>(\frac{2018}{2019})^{2019} \approx \frac{1}{e},</math> by the limit definition of <math>e.</math> Since <math>- \frac{1}{e} - 2018 \cdot \frac{1}{e} + 1</math> is still much smaller the required <math>0</math> for the solution to <math>B</math> to be a solution, our answer is <math>\boxed{B}.</math> | ||
+ | -fidgetboss_4000 | ||
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+ | == Video Solution by Richard Rusczyk == | ||
+ | https://artofproblemsolving.com/videos/amc/2018amc12a/471 | ||
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+ | ~ dolphin7 | ||
− | + | ==See Also== | |
+ | {{AMC12 box|year=2018|ab=A|num-b=20|num-a=22}} | ||
+ | {{MAA Notice}} |
Latest revision as of 13:20, 19 January 2021
Contents
Problem
Which of the following polynomials has the greatest real root?
Solutions
Solution 1
We can see that our real solution has to lie in the open interval . From there, note that if , are odd positive integers if , so hence it can only either be B or E(as all of the other polynomials will be larger than the polynomial B). E gives the solution . We can approximate the root for B by using . therefore the root for B is approximately . The answer is . (cpma213)
Solution 2 (Calculus version of solution 1)
Note that and . Calculating the definite integral for each function on the interval , we see that gives the most negative value. To maximize our real root, we want to maximize the area of the curve under the x-axis, which means we want our integral to be as negative as possible and thus the answer is .
Solution 3 (Alternate Calculus Version)
Newton's Method is used to approximate the zero of any real valued function given an estimation for the root : After looking at all the options, gives a reasonable estimate. For options A to D, and the estimation becomes Thus we need to minimize the derivative, giving us B. Now after comparing B and E through Newton's method, we see that B has the higher root, so the answer is . (Qcumber)
Solution 4
Let the real solution to be It is easy to see that when is plugged in to since thus making the real solution to more "negative", or smaller than Similarly we can assert that Now to compare and we can use the same method to what we used before to compare to in which it is easy to see that the smaller exponent "wins". Now, the only thing left is for us to compare and Plugging (or the solution to ) into we obtain which is intuitively close to much smaller than the solution the required (For a more rigorous proof, one can note that and are both much greater than by the limit definition of Since is still much smaller the required for the solution to to be a solution, our answer is -fidgetboss_4000
Video Solution by Richard Rusczyk
https://artofproblemsolving.com/videos/amc/2018amc12a/471
~ dolphin7
See Also
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