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Algebra and Combination | AIME I, 2000 Question 3

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 2000 based on Algebra and Combination.

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 2000 based on Algebra and Combination.

Algebra and combination – AIME 2000


In expansion \((ax+b)^{2000}\) where a and b are relatively prime positive integers the coefficient of \(x^{2}\) and \(x^{3}\) are equal, find a+b

  • is 107
  • is 667
  • is 840
  • cannot be determined from the given information

Key Concepts


Algebra

Equations

Combination

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Answer: is 667.

AIME, 2000, Question 3

Elementary Algebra by Hall and Knight

Try with Hints


 here coefficient of \(x^{2}\)= coefficient of \(x^{3}\) in the same expression

then \({2000 \choose 1998}a^{2}b^{1998}\)=\({2000 \choose 1997}a^{3}b^{1997}\)

then \(b=\frac{1998}{3}\)a=666a where a and b are relatively prime that is a=1,b=666 then a+b=666+1=667.

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