2021 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 22
Problem
Suppose that the roots of the polynomial are and , where angles are in radians. What is ?
Solution
Part 1: solving for c
Notice that
is the negation of the product of roots by Vieta's formulas
Multiply by
Then use sine addition formula backwards:
Part 2: starting to solve for b
is the sum of roots two at a time by Vieta's
We know that
By plugging all the parts in we get:
Which ends up being:
Which is shown in the next part to equal , so
Part 3: solving for a and b as the sum of roots
is the negation of the sum of roots
The real values of the 7th roots of unity are: and they sum to .
If we subtract 1, and condense identical terms, we get:
Therefore, we have
Finally multiply or .
~Tucker
See also
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