2018 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 22
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Problem
Consider polynomials of degree at most , each of whose coefficients is an element of . How many such polynomials satisfy ?
Solution
Suppose our polynomial is equal to Then we are given that If we let then we have The number of solutions to this equation is simply by stars and bars, so our answer is
Solution 2
Suppose our polynomial is equal to Then we are given that Then the polynomials , , also have when . So the number of solutions must be divisible by 4. So the answer must be
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