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

Check the Answer


But try the problem first…

Answer: is 159.

Source
Suggested Reading

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]

\(\Rightarrow x=159\).

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