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ISI entrance B.Stat B Math 2015 

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  1. Let \(y = x^2 + ax + b \) be a parabola that cuts the coordinate axes at three distint points. Show that the circle passing through these three points also passes through (0,1).
  2. Find all such Natural number n such that 7 divides \(5^n + 1 \)
  3. Find all functions f, such that |f(x) – f(y)| = 2|x-y|.
  4. Say \(0 < a_1 < a_2 < … < a_n \) be n real numbers. Show that the equation \(\frac{a_1}{a_1 – x } + \frac{a_2}{a_2 – x} + … + \frac{a_n}{a_n – x} = 2015 \) has n real solutions.
  5. Consider the set S = {1, 2, 3, …, j}. In a subset P of S, Max P be the maximum element of that subset. Show that the sum of all Max P (over all subsets of the set) is \((j-1)2^j + 1 \)
  6. There are three unit circles each of which is tangential to the other two. A triangle is drawn such that each side of the triangle is tangential to exactly two of the circle. Find the length of sides of this triangle.
  7. Let \(m_1< m_2 < \ldots m_{k-1}< m_k\) be \(k\) distinct positive integers such that their reciprocals are in arithmetic progression.
    1.Show that \(k< m_1 + 2\).
    2. Give an example of such a sequence of length \(k\) for any positive integer \(k\).
  8. Let \(P(x) = x^7 + x^6 + b_5 x^5 + b_4 x^4 + … + b_0 \) and \(Q(x) = x^5 + c_4 x^4 + c_3 x^3 + … + c_0 \) , P(i) = Q(i),  i= 1,2,3 …, 6  . Show that there exists a negative integer r such that P(r) = Q(r) .
May 10, 2015


  1. Q8. Q(x)=x^5+c4x^4+c3x^3+c2x^2+c1x^1+c0

  2. and is ans. fr Q.6 sq root(7)+sq root(3)

  3. Dear reader, correct me if I am wrong-
    1. Basic concepts.
    2. Answer is all integers of the form 3,9,15,21…
    3. f(x)= 2x
    4. Needs concept of complex numbers.
    5. Can be shown by induction.
    6. Answer is 2+2sqrt.(3)
    7. m1 is (k-1)! Rest is by induction.
    8. r= -22

  4. 6) The total figure is symmetric because all the three circles are unit circles. Hence the triangle will be also symmetric, hence equilateral.

    • are you sure it will be equilateral because it is a special case of malffati circles

      • Well, even by considering that its a special case of malffati circles, its as clear as day that they are equilateral! (Because the circles are equiradial)
        For a detailed proof, one can use coordinate…
        Btw, the diagram too showed the triangle to be equilateral lol 😉

    • A symmetric argument may be cancelled as, symmetry is only a observation. A better method- Join the centers of circles, expand it 3/2 times with same center, proof that the expanded sides are tangents. This proof is better and is of less than a half page.

  5. 5^3 = -1 (mod 7)
    => 5^(3k)=(-1)^k (mod 7)
    so, k should be odd.
    Hence, n=3k where, k is odd natural numbers

  6. 1) Just try to compare the angles of the quadrilateral i.e. the slopes and the other angles.

    • I don’t exactly get you, I used a different method, can you please elaborate?

      • The four points are A(0,b), B(0,1), C(x_1,0) and D(x_2,0) where X_1 and x_2 are the two real roots of the equations and suppose, x_2>x_1. Now, case-1 when both the roots are positive(Similar for both negative). Consider a point M on the X axis toward +infinity [just for the figure], Now, if ABCD is cyclic, the angle(ADM)=angle(ABC)=angle(270-BCD)
        Use this relation and find the slopes respectively and equate.
        case-2 when one root is positive and the other is negative. Use same concept of checking equal angles and slopes respectively.

  7. 8) Not sure, but I think, there should be some other conditions upon the coefficients of the two polynomials, like b_0 and c_0 are not equal etc.

    • I would suggest that you put p(I)-q(I) = m(I).
      {1,2…6} are 6 roots of m(I)=0… sum of roots should be -1

      • Oh yeah!!!….I’m so sorry…..That’s the actual argument. We need not think about the other coefficients….Nice one

    • You can go for it in a different way. f can be written as (x-e)*(x-f). Clearly cut points are (e,0) ,(f,0) ,(0,ef). Take (e,0) and (f,0) as extremities of diameter, satisfy with the third point. Get the equation of the circle. Probably ef will come out to be 1. The equation of circle will be satisfied by (0,1).

  8. 5) For an element ‘i’ in S, there will be (1+1)^(i-1) [actually, the expansion of this term in binomial coefficients] subsets where ‘i’ is the MAX. Hence sum of the MAX of those sets is i*2^(i-1).
    So, required sum will be A= (sum over i=1 to j) i*2^(i-1).
    Now, by A=2*A-A and simple algebra, we are done.

  9. 3) |{f(x)-f(y)}/(x-y)|=2 =>{f(x)-f(y)}/(x-y)=+ or – 2. for, y=0, {f(x)-f(0)}/x=+ or -2, that means f(x) is linear. So, f(x)=+ or -2x +f(0). [f(0) is the constant term of f(x)]
    so, f(x)=2x+c and -2x+c for all real numbers ‘c’.

  10. 4) We know that the equation will have n roots, we have to prove that all are real. So, rewrite the equation as x/(a1-x) + x/(a2-x)… + x/(an-x) = 2015-n.
    Now, assume a complex root z. We know that complex roots always occur in pairs with their conjugate, so let another root be z* (conjugate of z). Thus, z/(a1-z) + z/(a2-z) + z/(a3-z) …= z*/(a1-z*) + z*/(a2-z*) + z*/(a3-z*) …
    Under the given conditions, it is impossible unless z=z*, thus the complex root degenerates to a real.

  11. can I know that how many questions would u have to do correct in order to get admission

  12. How is the triangle question done?

  13. Please could u upload the solution of 6th question? Triangle one

    If we take 2015 in L.H.S. and consider a1/(a1-x)+………+an/(an-x)-2015 as f(x) and draw the graph of f(x),there are n-virtical line in graph as 0<a1<a2<……<an at each of these numbers denominator of one of the terms of function becomes ZERO.Now if you see a1 from R.H.S. the value of function is minus infinity and from L.H.S. of a2 is plus infinity and obviously in between a1 and a2 graph is continuous so the the graph cuts the X-axis and in this way graph repeats except behind a1 and forward an.But using this rest u will prove the rest.
    Thank u

  15. What do u mean exactly mister?

  16. Thnx fr the compliments but i have got many 🙂

    • Well, I was smart enough to figure that out. Anyway, I hope we both end up @ ISI B’lore, it would be ‘interesting’ to have you @ the campus. 😉

  17. When will the results of ISI B.math be announced?
    Really eager to know…


  19. CONGRATULATION! Spandan Bhattacharjee

  20. Only B.Stat results are announced. B.Math is not yet announced.

  21. Rahul, Spandan and Ananya I am deleting comments regarding facebook etc. I hope you understand why

  22. I will keep this comment for 24 hour (so that the intended viewers may see it). Then I will delete this. I hope you understand why.

  23. I hope that wasn’t intended for me!!!

  24. and sir it is good if i share about interview coz my interview is on 12/06/2015 sharp 10:00am
    1st day 1st show

  25. sorry for repatation
    and sir it is good if i share about interview coz my interview is on 12/06/2015 sharp 10:00am
    1st day 1st show

  26. They asked me in interview in starting 1 prob prove square of integer is of the form either 4k or 8k+1,with litle bit hint i just manage to solve and i didn’t get answer.Another prob was find all soln of
    sinx^5+cosx^3=1.I felt even hint felt like curse in interview for me.It was really bad in my entire life i never felt so inconfidant.
    BUT u guys can definetly do well its about me not about u

  27. Overall paper was easy and answer to all questions was possible in the two hours.

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