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Let <math>w=\lfloor x \rfloor</math> and <math>f=\{x\}</math> denote the whole part and the fractional part of <math>x,</math> respectively, in which <math>0\leq f<1</math> and <math>x=w+f.</math> | Let <math>w=\lfloor x \rfloor</math> and <math>f=\{x\}</math> denote the whole part and the fractional part of <math>x,</math> respectively, in which <math>0\leq f<1</math> and <math>x=w+f.</math> | ||
− | We rewrite the given equation as <cmath>w\cdot f=a\cdot(w+f)^2.</cmath> | + | We rewrite the given equation as <cmath>w\cdot f=a\cdot(w+f)^2. \hspace{38.75mm}(1)</cmath> |
− | We expand and rearrange as <cmath>af^2+(2a-1)wf+aw^2=0, \hspace{23mm}( | + | Since <math>a\cdot(w+f)^2\geq0,</math> it follows that <math>w\cdot f\geq0,</math> from which <math>w\geq0.</math> |
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+ | We expand and rearrange <math>(1)</math> as <cmath>af^2+(2a-1)wf+aw^2=0, \hspace{23mm}(2)</cmath> which is a quadratic with either <math>f</math> or <math>w.</math> For simplicity purposes, we will treat <math>w</math> as some fixed nonnegative integer so that <math>(2)</math> is a quadratic with <math>f.</math> | ||
By the quadratic formula, we get | By the quadratic formula, we get | ||
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f&=\frac{(1-2a)w\pm\sqrt{(2a-1)^2w^2-4a^2w^2}}{2a} \\ | f&=\frac{(1-2a)w\pm\sqrt{(2a-1)^2w^2-4a^2w^2}}{2a} \\ | ||
&=w\left(\frac{1-2a\pm\sqrt{(2a-1)^2-4a^2}}{2a}\right) \\ | &=w\left(\frac{1-2a\pm\sqrt{(2a-1)^2-4a^2}}{2a}\right) \\ | ||
− | &=w\Biggl(\frac{1-2a\pm\sqrt{1-4a}}{2a}\Biggr). \hspace{25mm}( | + | &=w\Biggl(\frac{1-2a\pm\sqrt{1-4a}}{2a}\Biggr). \hspace{25mm}(3) |
\end{align*}</cmath> | \end{align*}</cmath> | ||
<b>SOLUTION IN PROGRESS. NO EDIT PLEASE.</b> | <b>SOLUTION IN PROGRESS. NO EDIT PLEASE.</b> | ||
− | ~MRENTHUSIASM (inspired by Math Jams's 2020 AMC 10/12A Discussion) | + | ~MRENTHUSIASM (inspired by Math Jams's <b>2020 AMC 10/12A Discussion</b>) |
==Remarks== | ==Remarks== |
Revision as of 19:41, 19 May 2021
Contents
Problem
The number , where and are relatively prime positive integers, has the property that the sum of all real numbers satisfying is , where denotes the greatest integer less than or equal to and denotes the fractional part of . What is ?
Solution 1
Let be the unique solution in this range. Note that is also a solution as long as , hence all our solutions are for some . This sum must be between and , which gives and . Plugging this back in gives .
Solution 2
First note that when while . Thus we only need to look at positive solutions ( doesn't affect the sum of the solutions). Next, we breakdown down for each interval , where is a positive integer. Assume , then . This means that when , . Setting this equal to gives We're looking at the solution with the positive , which is . Note that if is the greatest such that has a solution, the sum of all these solutions is slightly over , which is when , just under . Checking this gives ~ktong
Solution 3 (Comprehensive)
Let and denote the whole part and the fractional part of respectively, in which and
We rewrite the given equation as Since it follows that from which
We expand and rearrange as which is a quadratic with either or For simplicity purposes, we will treat as some fixed nonnegative integer so that is a quadratic with
By the quadratic formula, we get
SOLUTION IN PROGRESS. NO EDIT PLEASE.
~MRENTHUSIASM (inspired by Math Jams's 2020 AMC 10/12A Discussion)
Remarks
Let and
We make the following table of values:
We graph (in red, by branches) and (in blue, for ) as shown below.
Graph in Desmos: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/ouvaiqjdzj
~MRENTHUSIASM
Video Solution 1 (Geometry)
This video shows how things like The Pythagorean Theorem and The Law of Sines work together to solve this seemingly algebraic problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IJ7Jxa98zw&feature=youtu.be
Video Solution 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xex8TBSzKNE ~ MathEx
Video Solution 3 (by Art of Problem Solving)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_mdreGBPvg&t=428s&ab_channel=ArtofProblemSolving
Created by Richard Rusczyk
See Also
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