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**iamaditya****Member**- From: Planet Mars
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In my maths test there came this question:

a+b+c=10

a²+b²+c²=38

a³+b³+c³=160

Find the values of a,b and c.

Please tell me the answer with explanation.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I got this far:

Here are the divisors of 280

{1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 14, 20, 28, 35, 40, 56, 70, 140, 280}

It is easy to finish now.

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**thickhead****Member**- Registered: 2016-04-16
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**iamaditya****Member**- From: Planet Mars
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Hi, thickhead yours is the right solution. Thanks for helping me

But thickhead I couldn't get how did you simplified from equation (2) to equation(4) i.e.

ab=30/c and a+b=10-c

so c³-10c²+31c-30=0

In (2) first term ab is clear ;second and third terms have c common i.e.c(a+b)=c(10-c). i hope you can simplify further.

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**thickhead****Member**- Registered: 2016-04-16
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In (2) first term ab is clear ;second and third terms have c common i.e.c(a+b)=c(10-c). i hope you can simplify further.

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**thickhead****Member**- Registered: 2016-04-16
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Hi **iamaditya**,(really it is false;it is you who is aditya)

Suppose only first and second equations are given with a,b,c as positive integers. Can you evolve a method to find the numbers? Not purely hit and try method (Ram bharosa method) but with some logic in it.

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**iamaditya****Member**- From: Planet Mars
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If only the first 2 equations i.e. a+b+c=10 and a²+b²+c²=38 are given then it is impossible to work out as there are three unknown variables and only 2 equations.

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**thickhead****Member**- Registered: 2016-04-16
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But then there is the condition that they are only natural numbers.That limits the scope of the solution and gives only one solution.

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- From: Indonesia
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iamaditya wrote:

If only the first 2 equations i.e. a+b+c=10 and a²+b²+c²=38 are given then it is impossible to work out as there are three unknown variables and only 2 equations.

By trial and error, I find the solutions are 2, 3, and 5, though I don't know how to do it algebraically.

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**thickhead****Member**- Registered: 2016-04-16
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Trial and error no dobt,but systematically. e.g. if you assume a<b<c since there is nothing to choose among them, c has very limited value.To start with c<=6. once c=6 fails you come to c=5.

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**iamaditya****Member**- From: Planet Mars
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Yeah thickhead you are right.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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By trial and error, I find the solutions are 2, 3, and 5, though I don't know how to do it algebraically.

That guy in post #2 whittles down the possibilities.

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