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# Finding smallest positive Integer | AIME I, 1996 Problem 10

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, AIME I, 1996 based on Finding the smallest positive Integer.

## Finding smallest positive Integer - AIME I, 1996

Find the smallest positive integer solution to $tan19x=\frac{cos96+sin96}{cos96-sin96}$.

• is 107
• is 159
• is 840
• cannot be determined from the given information

### Key Concepts

Functions

Trigonometry

Integers

AIME I, 1996, Question 10

Plane Trigonometry by Loney

## Try with Hints

First hint

$\frac{cos96+sin96}{cos96-sin96}$

=$\frac{sin(90+96)+sin96}{sin(90+96)-sin96}$

=$\frac{sin186+sin96}{sin186-sin96}$

=$\frac{sin(141+45)+sin(141-45)}{sin(141+45)-sin(141-45)}$

=$\frac{2sin141cos45}{2cos141sin45}$

=tan141

Second Hint

here $tan(180+\theta)$=$tan\theta$

$\Rightarrow 19x=141+180n$ for some integer n is first equation

Final Step

multiplying equation with 19 gives

$x \equiv 141\times 19 \equiv 2679 \equiv 159(mod180)$ [since 2679 divided by 180 gives remainder 159]

$\Rightarrow x=159$.