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May 31, 2020

How to Pursue Mathematics after High School?

For Students who are passionate for Mathematics and want to pursue it for higher studies in India and abroad.

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1988 based on function.

Function Problem - AIME I, 1988


For any positive integer k, let \(f_1(k)\) denote the square of the sum of the digits of k. For \(n \geq 2\), let \(f_n(k)=f_1(f_{n-1}(k))\), find \(f_{1988}(11)\).

  • is 107
  • is 169
  • is 634
  • cannot be determined from the given information

Key Concepts


Functions

Equations

Algebra

Check the Answer


Answer: is 169.

AIME I, 1988, Question 2

Functional Equation by Venkatchala

Try with Hints


First hint

\(f_1(11)=4\)

or, \(f_2(11)=f_1(4)=16\)

or, \(f_3(11)=f_1(16)=49\)

Second Hint

or, \(f_4(11)=f_1(49)=169\)

or, \(f_5(11)=f_1(169)=256\)

or, \(f_6(11)=f_1(256)=169\)

or, \(f_7(11)=f_1(169)=256\)

Final Step

This goes on between two numbers with this pattern, here 1988 is even,

or, \(f_1988(11)=f_4(11)=169\).

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