Let [x] denote the largest integer which does not exceed
x. For example [3.21] define a"
For each positive integer
[19; 7]. Find the smallest number in
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the sequence Ia,, a2, a1, .. .1.
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There are 2998 points inside a circle which has area 1 unit. Prove that it is possible to choose three points among them such that the triangle formed by using these three points as vertices has an area less than
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Solutions to the problems in Volume 24 No. 1 March 1997
Problem 1 Let a and b be two non-zero integers such that Ia I .,:; 400 and I bl .,:; 399. Prove that la\1'3 + b..fBI > 1/1997.
Solution to Problem 1 by the Editor
Since a and b are non-zero integers we have a\1'3 ± b..JB ~ 0. Therefore l(a\1'3 + b..fB)(a\1'3- b..fS)I is a positive integer and hence 13a2 Therefore la\1'3 + b..fBI
= l3a 2
8b 2 1
81J21 ~ 1.
31bl > 800
Editor's note: No solutions from students were received for this problem. Problem 2 In the figure ABCO is a square. Given that there is a point P on the same plane such that PA area of ABCD when
= 7 and
(i) P is inside ABCD; (ii) P is outside ABCO.
Solution to Problem 2 Composite solution by Eric Fang, RJ(, Class 2S01 C; Woo Sin Ai, Nanyang junior College, Class 2CT30 and Woo Liyi, Woodland Secondary School, Class 4C. The answers are (i) 58 and (ii) 16. Introduce co-ordinates so that 8 is at (0, 0), A is at (0, a), C is at (a, 0) and 0 is at (a, a) where
a is the length of the square.
Let (x, y) be the co-ordinates of P. Then we have the system of equations
yf = 25
(a - x) + (a 2
x + (a - y)
and from the first two of these equations we find that x
= LJ..2.. and
2a Substituting these into the third equation we obtain the equation
74a 2 + 928
Solving this equation we find that When a2 = 58 we have (x, y)
+ 40 .
a = 58 or a2 = 16. 2
Wa ,:a )
which shows that P is inside the square and when a2 = 16 we have
(x, y) = (0, 7) which shows that P is outside the square.
Editor's note: The $100 prize money was shared as follows: Eric Fang received $50, Woo Liyi and Woo Sin Ai each received $25 .
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