Solutions

91.

A square and a regular pentagon are inscribed in
a circle. The nine vertices are all distinct and divide the
circumference into nine arcs. Prove that at least one of them
does not exceed 1/40 of the circumference of the circle.
Solution. Let the four points of the square be
at A, B, C, D. We can partition the circumference
into eight arcs as follows: (1) four closed arcs (containing
endpoints), each of length 1/20 of the circumference centered
at A, B, C and D; call these the
shorter arcs:
(2) four open arcs (not containing
endpoints), each of length 1/5 of the circumference and
interpolated between two of the arcs centred at the vertices
of the square; call these the
longer arcs.
Suppose a regular pentagon is inscribed in a circle. Since any
pair of adjacent vertices terminate a closed arc whose length
is 1/5 of the circumference, no two vertices of the pentagon
can belong to the same longer arc. Since there are only four
longer arcs, at least one vertex of the pentagon must lie
inside a shorter arc and so be no more distant that
^{1}/_{2} ×[1/20] = [1/40] from
a vertex of the square.

92.

Consider the sequence 200125, 2000125,
20000125, ¼, 200¼00125,
¼ (in which the
nth number has n+1 digits equal to zero).
Prove that none of these numbers is the square, cube
or fifth power of an integer.
Solution. Each number has the form 2 ×10
^{n+1} + 125
where n
³ 4. Since both 10
^{n} and 120 are multiples of 8,
each number in the sequence is congruent to 5, modulo 8, and
so cannot be square.
Observe that 10^{n+1} = 10^{n2} ×8 ×125, so that
2 ×10^{n+1} + 125 = 125(16 ×10^{n2} + 1) = 5^{3} (16 ×10^{n2} + 1) . 

If such a number is a kth power, it must be divisible by
5
^{k}. Since 16 ×10
^{n2} + 1 is not a multiple of
5, no number in the sequence can be a kth power for k
³ 4.
Let u_{n} = 16 ×10^{n2} + 1, for n ³ 5. Suppose
that (10x_{n} + 1)^{3} = u_{n}. Then
1000x_{n}^{3} + 300x_{n}^{2} + 30x_{n} = 16 ×10^{n2} 

so that x
_{n} = 10
^{n3}y
_{n} for some y
_{n} and we find that
16 = 10^{3n6}y_{n}^{3} + 3×10^{2n4}y_{n}^{2} + 3y_{n} ³ y_{n}^{2} + 3y_{n} 

so that y
_{n} = 1 or 2. It is straightfoward to check that
neither works, so that u
_{n} can never be a cube. Hence
no number in the given sequence can be a cube.

93.

For any natural number n, prove the
following inequalities:
2^{(n1)/(2n2)} £ Ö2 Ö[4 ]4 Ö[8 ]8¼Ö[2^{n} ]2^{n} < 4 . 

Solution. The middle member of the inequality is 2
raised to the power s
º ^{1}/
_{2} +
^{2}/
_{4} +
¼+ [n/(2
^{n})]. Note that
s  
1 2

s = 
1 2

+ 
1 4

+ ¼+ 
1 2^{n}

 
n 2^{n+1}

= 1  
1 2^{n}

 
n 2^{n+1}

= 1  
n+2 2^{n+1}



whence s = 2
 (n+2)2
^{n}. Clearly, s < 2.
On the other hand,
s  
n1 2^{n2}

= 
2^{n+1}  (n+2)  4(n1) 2^{n}

= 
2^{n+1}  (5n  2) 2^{n}

. 

When n = 1, 2
^{n+1}  (5n
2) = 1 > 0; when n = 2,
2
^{n+1}  (5n
2) = 0, and when n = 3, 2
^{n+1} (5n
 2) = 3 > 0. Suppose, as an induction hypothesis,
that 2
^{k+1} > 5k
 2 for some k
³ 3. Then
2^{k+2} > 10k  4 = 5(k+1)  2 + (5k  7) > 5(k+1)  2 , 

so that, for each positive integer n,
2
^{n+1} ³ 5n
 2, with equality if and only if n = 2.
The desired result follows.

94.

ABC is a right triangle with arms a and
b and hypotenuse c = AB ; the area of the
triangle is s square units and its perimeter is
2p units. The numbers a, b and c are positive integers.
Prove that s and p are also positive integers and that
s is a multiple of p.
Solution. Since a
^{2} + b
^{2} = c
^{2} and squares are congruent
to 0 or 1, modulo 4, it is not possible for a and b to be both
odd. Since, at least one of them is even, s =
^{1}/
_{2}ab is
an integer. Also, since either two or none of a, b, c are
odd, p =
^{1}/
_{2}(a + b + c) is an integer.
Let r be the inradius of the triangle, so that
s = rp. It remains to find r and show that it is an integer.
In any triangle with sides a, b, c, the length of the tangents
from vector to incircle are
^{1}/
_{2}(a+b
c),
^{1}/
_{2}(b+c
a) and
^{1}/
_{2}(b+c
a). For a right triangle
with hypotenuse c, one of the lengths is r, namely r =
^{1}/
_{2}(a+b
c). Since one of the legs of the triangle is
even, the other leg and the hypotenuse must have the same parity,
so that a + b
 c is even and r is an integer.

95.

The triangle ABC is isosceles is isosceles with
equal sides AC and BC. Two of its angles measure
40^{°}. The interior point M is such that
ÐMAB = 10^{°} and ÐMBA = 20^{°}.
Determine the measure of ÐCMB.
Solution. Let BM be produced to meet AC at N.
Since
ÐAMB = 150
^{°}, we have that
ÐNMA = 30
^{°} =
ÐNAM so that NA = NM.
Let a =
BC
 =
AC
,
c =
AB
, u =
CN

and v =
NA
 =
NM
. Since BN bisects
angle CBA, we have that v/u = c/a.
By the Law of Sines,

c a

= 
sin100^{°} sin40^{°}

= 
sin80^{°} sin40^{°}

= 2cos40^{°} 

and
where
a =
ÐCMB. Hence
sin(a 60^{°}) = 2sinacos40^{°} = sin(a+ 40^{°}) + sin(a 40^{°}) 

whence
2cos(a 50^{°})sin10^{°} = sin(a 60^{°})  sin(a 40^{°}) = sin(a+ 40^{circ}) . 

Since
a+ 40
^{°} = (
a 50
^{°}) + 90
^{°},
sin(
a+ 40
^{°}) = cos(
a 50
^{°}).
Therefore, we find that 2cos(
a 50
^{°})sin10
^{°} = cos(
a 50
^{°}). Since sin10
^{°} ¹ ^{1}/
_{2},
we have that cos(
a 50
^{°}) = 0 and
a = 140
^{°}.

96.

Find all prime numbers p for which all three
of the numbers p^{2}  2, 2p^{2}  1 and 3p^{2} + 4 are also
prime.
Solution. Modulo 7, we find that p
^{2}  2
º 0
when p
º 3, 4, 2p
^{2}  1
º 0 when p
º 2, 5 and 3p
^{2} + 4
º 0 when p
º 1, 6.
Thus, when p > 7, at least one of the four numbers is
a proper multiple of 7. The only primes p for which
all numbers are prime at 3 and 7, and we get the
quadruples (3, 7, 17, 31) and (7, 47, 97, 151).