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August 31, 2019

Costa Rica NMO 2010, Final Round, Problem 4 - Number Theory

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Start with hints

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[/et_pb_tab][et_pb_tab title="Hint 1" _builder_version="3.27" hover_enabled="0" _i="1" _address="0.1.0.2.1"]Write the equation in this form : $(a-b)^2 = 3(ab-1)(ab+2a+2b+3)$ The idea is that the RHS is a 4 degree polynomial in two variables and the LHS is a 2 degree polynomial in the same two variables. Now, you have the intuition that the 4th-degree polynomial will surpass the LHS after some time. We, therefore, aim to bound the a and b assuming the equality holds.[/et_pb_tab][et_pb_tab title="Hint 2" _builder_version="3.27" hover_enabled="0" _i="2" _address="0.1.0.2.2"]

So, we try to find when RHS \geq LHS.  Rather we will find the condition when (a-b)^2 \leq (ab-1)(ab + 2a + 2b + 3) . Assume a \geq b . We will find when $latex (a-b) \leq (ab-1)$ and (a-b) \leq (ab + 2a + 2b + 3).  

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  $latex (a-b) \leq (ab-1) $ - For this to hold. (a^2-1)(b^2 -1) \geq 0. (a-b) \leq (ab + 2a + 2b + 3) - For this to hold (a+3)(b+1) \geq 0. [/et_pb_tab][et_pb_tab title="Hint 4" _builder_version="3.27" _i="4" _address="0.1.0.2.4" hover_enabled="0"]Hence, try to understand that we have essentially bounded the solutions. Observe this implies that to solutions to have essentially. $latex   -3 \leq a,b \leq 1 $. Hence show that by computation that : The solution set is  $\boxed{(-3,-3), (-3,0), (0,-3), (-2,1), (1,-2), (-1,-1), (1,1)}$ [/et_pb_tab][/et_pb_tabs][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.26.4" text_font="Raleway|300|||||||" text_text_color="#ffffff" header_font="Raleway|300|||||||" header_text_color="#e2e2e2" background_color="#0c71c3" border_radii="on|5px|5px|5px|5px" box_shadow_style="preset3" custom_margin="48px||48px" custom_padding="20px|20px|20px|20px" _i="3" _address="0.1.0.3"]

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