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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Probelm # k + 85

If u and v are the roots of the equation x² + ax + b = 0, what are roots of the equation x² -ax + b = 0?

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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That's an interesting one. I think it's something like this:

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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I'm not sure, this is what I get:

*Last edited by Ricky (2006-01-11 04:16:58)*

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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I think our answers are the same, and I've just taken a long way round.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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Yea, I guess they are. They looked completely different at first glance.

"In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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**irspow****Member**- Registered: 2005-11-24
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darn that k+42, I just cant figure it. Please someone, put me out of my misery. I think that you have to incorporate a geometric series somehow, but everything that I try turns to nonsense.

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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Yes, k+42 is an incredibly difficult one. I think it could probably be solved brutally by getting excel to do all the calculations for you, but it's still tough.

Also, I think your answer to k+40 is wrong. I remember it being *much* smaller.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**ryos****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-04
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I didn't check if this one has already been solved, but since irspow asked about it, I gave it a go.

*Last edited by ryos (2006-01-14 16:15:25)*

El que pega primero pega dos veces.

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Four days Pongal break, and so many solutions posted! I shall reply to all of them after I return from Holiday on Jan 16. mathsyperson is right, irspow's solution to problem # k + 40 isn't correct. It *is much smaller. *. Same about ryos' solution to problem # k + 42.

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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irspow's solution to Problem # k + 59 is correct. I shall wait for some more time before posting the solutions to unanswered problems.

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Problem # k + 86

Out of the total 390 students studying in a college of Arts and Science, boys and girls are in the ratio of 7 : 6 respectively and the number of students studying Arts and Science are in the ratio of 3 : 7 respectively. The boys and girls studying Arts are in the ratio of 4 : 5 respectively. How many boys are studying Science?

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Excellent, irspow's solution to problem # k + 48 is correct too!

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Well done, irspow

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Problem # k + 87

Prove that there exists atleast one multiple of 5 between 10^k and 10^k+1 where k is a Natural number.

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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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"In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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I made a mistake while posting problem # k + 87.

The problem should have read 'Prove that there exists atleast one **power** of 5 between 10^k and 10^k+1 where k is a Natural number.

Problem # k + 88

Show that the sum of any number of terms of the series

1/1*2, 1/2*3, 1/3*4, 1/4*5, 1/5*6,................ is less than 1.

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Problem # k + 89

In a bolt factory, machines A, B, and C manufacture respectively 25%, 35% and 40% of the total bolts. Of their output, 5, 4 and 2 percent are respectively defective bolts. A bolt is drawn at random. If the bolt drawn is found to be defective, what is the probability that it is manufactured by machine B?

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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**igloo** **myrtilles** **fourmis**

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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ganesh wrote:

I made a mistake while posting problem # k + 87.

The problem should have read 'Prove that there exists atleast onepowerof 5 between 10^k and 10^k+1 where k is a Natural number.

Ah. That makes more sense. I thought there was a mistake somewhere because as it was, the proof was really obvious, so it didn't seem sensible.

I've got a vague idea for k+88, but I'll wait for it to mature a bit more before posting it.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**irspow****Member**- Registered: 2005-11-24
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*Last edited by irspow (2006-02-15 11:49:14)*

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