2019 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 24
- The following problem is from both the 2019 AMC 10B #24 and 2019 AMC 12B #22, so both problems redirect to this page.
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Problem
Define a sequence recursively by and for all nonnegative integers Let be the least positive integer such that
In which of the following intervals does lie?
Solution 1
We first prove that for all , by induction. Observe that so (since is clearly positive for all , from the initial definition), if and only if .
We similarly prove that is decreasing:
Now we need to estimate the value of , which we can do using the rearranged equation: Since is decreasing, is also decreasing, so we have and
This becomes The problem thus reduces to finding the least value of such that
Taking logarithms, we get and , i.e.
As approximations, we can use , , and . These approximations allow us to estimate which gives .
Solution 2
The condition where gives the motivation to make a substitution to change the equilibrium from to . We can substitute to achieve that. Now, we need to find the smallest value of such that given that .
Factoring the recursion , we get:
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Using wishful thinking, we can simplify the recursion as follows:
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The recursion looks like a geometric sequence with the ratio changing slightly after each term. Notice from the recursion that the sequence is strictly decreasing, so all the terms after will be less than 1. Also, notice that all the terms in sequence will be positive. Both of these can be proven by induction.
With both of those observations in mind, . Combining this with the fact that the recursion resembles a geometric sequence, we conclude that
is approximately equal to and the ranges that the answer choices give us are generous, so we should use either or to find a rough estimate for .
Since , that means . Additionally,
Therefore, we can estimate that .
Raising both sides to the 40th power, we get
But , so and therefore, .
This tells us that is somewhere around 120, so our answer is .
Solution 3
Since the choices are rather wide ranges, we can use approximation to make it easier. Notice that And , we know that is a declining sequence, and as it get close to 4 its decline will slow, never falling below 4. So we'll use 4 to approximate in the denominator so that we have a solvable difference equation: Solve it with , we have Now we wish to find so that Since 120 is safely within the range of [81,242], we have the answer. .
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Solution 4 (no logs)
We start by simplifying the recursion: . While , is a decreasing sequence. Let . Then Now notice that we want to find , such that , and . We are going to find an approximate number of steps to go from to . If , then and if , then . Then Furthermore, Therefore, so . Therefore, to go from to , we will need to do this 20 times, which means , which is within the range of [81,242], so we have the answer. .
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Remark
The actual value of is .
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See Also
2019 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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Followed by Problem 25 | |
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Preceded by Problem 21 |
Followed by Problem 23 |
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