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== Problem ==
 
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Let <math>P(x)</math> be a quadratic polynomial with complex coefficients whose <math>x^2</math> coefficient is <math>1.</math> Suppose the equation <math>P(P(x))=0</math> has four distinct solutions, <math>x=3,4,a,b.</math> Find the sum of all possible values of <math>(a+b)^2.</math>
  
 
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== Solution ==

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Problem

Let $P(x)$ be a quadratic polynomial with complex coefficients whose $x^2$ coefficient is $1.$ Suppose the equation $P(P(x))=0$ has four distinct solutions, $x=3,4,a,b.$ Find the sum of all possible values of $(a+b)^2.$

Solution

Either $P(3) = P(4)$ or not. We first see that if $P(3) = P(4)$ it's easy to obtain by Vieta's that $(a+b)^2 = 49$. Now, take $P(3) \neq P(4)$ and WLOG $P(3) = P(a), P(4) = P(b)$. Now, consider the parabola formed by the graph of $P$. It has vertex $\frac{3+a}{2}$. Now, say that $P(x) = x^2 - (3+a)x + c$. We note $P(3)P(4) = c = P(3)(4 - 4a + \frac{8a - 1}{2}) \implies a = \frac{7P(3) + 1}{8}$. Now, we note $P(4) = \frac{7}{2}$ by plugging in again. Now, it's easy to find that $a = -2.5, b = -3.5$, yielding a value of $36$. Finally, we add $49 + 36 = \boxed{085}$. ~awang11, charmander3333

See Also

2020 AIME I (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 13
Followed by
Problem 15
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