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+ | ==Problem== | ||
+ | A [[function]] <math>f(x)</math> is defined for all real numbers <math>x</math>. For all non-zero values <math>x</math>, we have | ||
− | < | + | <cmath>2f\left(x\right) + f\left(\frac{1}{x}\right) = 5x + 4</cmath> |
− | <math>2f\left( | + | Let <math>S</math> denote the sum of all of the values of <math>x</math> for which <math>f(x) = 2004</math>. Compute the integer nearest to <math>S</math>. |
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+ | ==Solution== | ||
+ | Substituting <math>\frac{1}{x}</math>, we have | ||
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+ | <cmath>2f\left(\frac 1x\right) + f\left(x\right) = \frac{5}{x} + 4</cmath> | ||
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+ | This gives us two equations, which we can eliminate <math>f\left(\frac 1x\right)</math> from (the first equation multiplied by two, subtracting the second): | ||
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+ | <cmath>\begin{align*} | ||
+ | 3f(x) &= 10x + 4 - \frac 5x \\ | ||
+ | 0 &= x^2 - \frac{3 \times 2004 - 4}{10}x + \frac 52\end{align*}</cmath> | ||
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+ | Clearly, the [[discriminant]] of the [[quadratic equation]] <math>\Delta > 0</math>, so both roots are real. By [[Vieta's formulas]], the sum of the roots is the coefficient of the <math>x</math> term, so our answer is <math>\left[\frac{3 \times 2004 - 4}{10}\right] = \boxed{601}</math>. | ||
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+ | ==See Also== | ||
+ | {{Mock AIME box|year=Pre 2005|n=3|num-b=2|num-a=4}} | ||
− | + | [[Category:Intermediate Algebra Problems]] |
Latest revision as of 10:22, 4 April 2012
Problem
A function is defined for all real numbers . For all non-zero values , we have
Let denote the sum of all of the values of for which . Compute the integer nearest to .
Solution
Substituting , we have
This gives us two equations, which we can eliminate from (the first equation multiplied by two, subtracting the second):
Clearly, the discriminant of the quadratic equation , so both roots are real. By Vieta's formulas, the sum of the roots is the coefficient of the term, so our answer is .
See Also
Mock AIME 3 Pre 2005 (Problems, Source) | ||
Preceded by Problem 2 |
Followed by Problem 4 | |
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