INTRODUCING 5 - days-a-week problem solving session for Math Olympiad and ISI Entrance. Learn More 

May 19, 2020

Consecutive positive Integers | AIME I, 1990| Question 11

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1990 based on consecutive positive integers.

Consecutive positive integer - AIME I, 1990


Someone observed that 6!=(8)(9)(10). Find the largest positive integer n for which n! can be expressed as the product of n-3 consecutive positive integers.

  • is 107
  • is 23
  • is 634
  • cannot be determined from the given information

Key Concepts


Integers

Inequality

Algebra

Check the Answer


Answer: is 23.

AIME I, 1990, Question 11

Elementary Number Theory by David Burton

Try with Hints


First hint

The product of (n-3) consecutive integers=\(\frac{(n-3+a)!}{a!}\) for a is an integer

Second Hint

\(n!=\frac{(n-3+a)!}{a!}\) for \(a \geq 3\) \((n-3+a)! \geq n!\)

or, \(n!=\frac{n!(n+1)(n+2)....(n-3+a)}{a!}\)

Final Step

for a=4, n+1=4! or, n=23 which is greatest here

n=23.

Subscribe to Cheenta at Youtube


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Cheenta. Passion for Mathematics

Advanced Mathematical Science. Taught by olympians, researchers and true masters of the subject.
JOIN TRIAL
support@cheenta.com