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By plugging in 2019, we get: <math>b_{2019} = 2018 \cdot \frac{7}{3}-2017 = \frac{8705}{3}</math>. Since the numerator and the denominator are relatively prime, the answer is <math>8708</math>, which implies <math>\rightarrow \boxed{E}</math>
 
By plugging in 2019, we get: <math>b_{2019} = 2018 \cdot \frac{7}{3}-2017 = \frac{8705}{3}</math>. Since the numerator and the denominator are relatively prime, the answer is <math>8708</math>, which implies <math>\rightarrow \boxed{E}</math>
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Revision as of 18:12, 9 February 2019

The following problem is from both the 2019 AMC 10A #15 and 2019 AMC 12A #9, so both problems redirect to this page.

Problem

A sequence of numbers is defined recursively by $a_1 = 1$, $a_2 = \frac{3}{7}$, and \[a_n=\frac{a_{n-2} \cdot a_{n-1}}{2a_{n-2} - a_{n-1}}\]for all $n \geq 3$ Then $a_{2019}$ can be written as $\frac{p}{q}$, where $p$ and $q$ are relatively prime positive inegers. What is $p+q ?$

$\textbf{(A) } 2020 \qquad\textbf{(B) } 4039 \qquad\textbf{(C) } 6057 \qquad\textbf{(D) } 6061 \qquad\textbf{(E) } 8078$

Solution 1

Using the recursive formula, we find $a_3=\frac{3}{11}$, $a_4=\frac{3}{15}$, and so on. It appears that $a_n=\frac{3}{4n-1}$, for all $n$. Setting $n=2019$, we find $a_{2019}=\frac{3}{8075}$, so the answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(E) }8078}$.


To prove this formula, we use induction. We are given that $a_1=1$ and $a_2=\frac{3}{7}$, which satisfy our formula. Now assume the formula holds true for all $n\le m$ for some positive integer $m$. By our assumption, $a_{m-1}=\frac{3}{4m-5}$ and $a_m=\frac{3}{4m-1}$. Using the recursive formula, \[a_{m+1}=\frac{a_{m-1}\cdot a_m}{2a_{m-1}-a_m}=\frac{\frac{3}{4m-5}\cdot\frac{3}{4m-1}}{2\cdot\frac{3}{4m-5}-\frac{3}{4m-1}}=\frac{(\frac{3}{4m-5}\cdot\frac{3}{4m-1})(4m-5)(4m-1)}{(2\cdot\frac{3}{4m-5}-\frac{3}{4m-1})(4m-5)(4m-1)}=\frac{9}{6(4m-1)-3(4m-5)}=\frac{3}{4(m+1)-1},\] so our induction is complete.

Solution 2

Since we are finding the sum of the numerator and the denominator, consider the function $b_n = \frac{1}{a_n}$.

$\frac{1}{a_n} = \frac{2a_{n-2}-a_{n-1}}{a_{n-2} \cdot a_{n-1}}=\frac{2}{a_{n-1}}-\frac{1}{a_{n-2}}$

$b_n = 2b_{n-1}-b_{n-2}=3b_{n-2}-2b_{n-3}=4b_{n-3}-3b_{n-4}=\dots$

By recursively following this pattern, we can see that $b_n=(n-1) \cdot b_2 - (n-1) \cdot b_1$.

By plugging in 2019, we get: $b_{2019} = 2018 \cdot \frac{7}{3}-2017 = \frac{8705}{3}$. Since the numerator and the denominator are relatively prime, the answer is $8708$, which implies $\rightarrow \boxed{E}$

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See Also

2019 AMC 10A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 14
Followed by
Problem 16
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All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions
2019 AMC 12A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 8
Followed by
Problem 10
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions

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