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April 23, 2020

Function of Complex numbers | AIME I, 1999 | Question 9

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1999 based on Function of Complex Numbers and Integers.

Function of Complex Numbers - AIME I, 1999

Let f(z) =(a+bi)z where a,b are positive numbers. This function has the property that the image of each point in the complex plane is equidistant from that point and the origin given that |a+bi|=8 and that \(b^{2}\)=\(\frac{m}{n}\) where m and n are relatively prime positive integers, find m+n.

  • is 107
  • is 259
  • is 840
  • cannot be determined from the given information

Key Concepts



Complex Numbers

Check the Answer

Answer: is 259.

AIME I, 1999, Question 9

Complex Numbers from A to Z by Titu Andreescue

Try with Hints

First hint

Let z=1+i f(1+i)=(a+bi)(1+i)=(a-b)+(a+b)i The image point must be equidistant from (1,1) and(0,0) then the image point lie on the line with slope -1 and which passes through \((\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2})\) that is x+y=1

Second Hint

putting x=(a-b) and y=(a+b) gives 2a=1 and \(a=\frac{1}{2}\)

Final Step

and \((\frac{1}{2})^{2} +b^{2}=8^{2}\) then \(b^{2}=\frac{255}{4}\) then 255+4=259.

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