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Function Problem | AIME I, 1988 | Question 2

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1988 based on function. You may use sequential hints.

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1988 based on function.

Function Problem – AIME I, 1988


For any positive integer k, let \(f_1(k)\) denote the square of the sum of the digits of k. For \(n \geq 2\), let \(f_n(k)=f_1(f_{n-1}(k))\), find \(f_{1988}(11)\).

  • is 107
  • is 169
  • is 634
  • cannot be determined from the given information

Key Concepts


Functions

Equations

Algebra

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Answer: is 169.

AIME I, 1988, Question 2

Functional Equation by Venkatchala

Try with Hints


\(f_1(11)=4\)

or, \(f_2(11)=f_1(4)=16\)

or, \(f_3(11)=f_1(16)=49\)

or, \(f_4(11)=f_1(49)=169\)

or, \(f_5(11)=f_1(169)=256\)

or, \(f_6(11)=f_1(256)=169\)

or, \(f_7(11)=f_1(169)=256\)

This goes on between two numbers with this pattern, here 1988 is even,

or, \(f_1988(11)=f_4(11)=169\).

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