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Try this beautiful Problem on Algebra based on finding greatest integer from AMC 10 A, 2018. You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

Finding Greatest Integer - AMC-10A, 2018- Problem 14

What is the greatest integer less than or equal to $\frac{3^{100}+2^{100}}{3^{96}+2^{96}} ?$

  • $80$
  • $81$
  • $96$
  • $97$
  • $625$

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Source of the problem

AMC-10A, 2018 Problem-14

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Try with Hints

First Hint

The given expression is $\frac{3^{100}+2^{100}}{3^{96}+2^{96}} ?$

We have to find out the greatest integer which is less than or equal to the given expression .

Let us assaume that $x=3^{96}$ and $y=2^{96}$

Therefore the given expression becoms $\frac{81 x+16 y}{x+y}$

Now can you finish the problem?

Second Hint

Now $\frac{81 x+16 y}{x+y}$

=$\frac{16 x+16 y}{x+y}+\frac{65 x}{x+y}$

$=16+\frac{65 x}{x+y}$

Now if we look very carefully we see that $\frac{65 x}{x+y}<\frac{65 x}{x}=65$

Therefore $16+\frac{65 x}{x+y}<16+65=81$

Now Can you finish the Problem?

Third Hint

Therefore less than \(81\) , the answer will be \(80\)

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