PROBLEMS FOR DECEMBER
Please send your solution to
Edward J. Barbeau
Department of Mathematics
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
no later than January 15, 2003.
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tetrahedron is one for which
the three pairs of oppposite edges are equal. For integers
a, b and n, a ║
b, modulo n, iff a -
b is a
multiple of n.
Let ABC be a triangle, D be the midpoint of AB and
E a point on the side AC for which AE = 2EC. Prove that
BE bisects the segment CD.
Determine the volume of an isosceles tetrahedron for which
the pairs of opposite edges have lengths a, b, c. Check your
answer independently for a regular tetrahedron.
Let ABC be a triangle with incentre I. Let M
be the midpoint of BC, U be the intersection of AI produced with
BC, D be the foot of the perpendicular from I to BC and
P be the foot of the perpendicular from A to BC. Prove that
|PD ||DM | = |DU ||PM | .|
Let ABCD be a convex quadrilateral and let the midpoints
of AC and BD be P and Q respectively, Prove that
|AB |2 + |BC |2 + |CD |2 +|DA |2 = |AC |2 + |BD |2 +4 |PQ |2 .|
Determine five values of p for which the polynomial
x2 + 2002x - 1002p has integer roots.
Determine all integers x and y that satisfy
the equation x3 + 9xy + 127 = y3.
Let p be a prime number and let f(x) be a polynomial
of degree d with integer coefficients such that f(0) = 0 and
f(1) = 1 and that, for every positive integer n,
f(n) ║ 0 or f(n) ║ 1, modulo p. Prove that
d │ p - 1. Give an example of such a polynomial.