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Logarithms and Equations | AIME I, 2000 | Question 9

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

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

Logarithms and Equations – AIME I 2000


\(log_{10}(2000xy)-log_{10}xlog_{10}y=4\) and \(log_{10}(2yz)-(log_{10}y)(log_{10}z)=1\) and \(log_{10}(zx)-(log_{10}z)(log_{10}x)=0\) has two solutions \((x_{1},y_{1},z_{1}) and (x_{2},y_{2},z_{2})\) find \(y_{1}+y_{2}\).

  • is 905
  • is 25
  • is 840
  • cannot be determined from the given information

Key Concepts


Logarithms

Theory of Equations

Number Theory

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Answer: is 25.

AIME I, 2000, Question 9

Polynomials by Barbeau

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Rearranging equations we get \(-logxlogy+logx+logy-1=3-log2000\) and \(-logylogz+logy+logz-1=-log2\) and \(-logxlogz+logx+logz-1=-1\)

taking p, q, r as logx, logy and logz, \((p-1)(q-1)=log2\) and \((q-1)(r-1)=log2\) and \( (p-1)(r-1)=1\) which is first system of equations and multiplying the first three equations of the first system gives \((p-1)^{2}(q-1)^{2}(r-1)^{2}=(log 2)^{2}\) gives \((p-1)(q-1)(r-1)=+-(log2)\) which is second equation

from both equations (q-1)=+-(log2) gives (logy)+-(log2)=1 gives \(y_{1}=20\),\(y_{2}=5\) then \(y_{1}+y_{2}=25\).

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