ISI Entrance Paper 2009 – from Indian Statistical Institute’s B.Stat Entrance

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- Two train lines intersect each other at a junction at an acute angle . A train is passing along one of the two lines. When the front of the train is at the junction, the train subtends an angle at a station on the other line. It subtends an angle at the same station, when its rear is at the junction. Show that
- Let f(x) be a continuous function, whose first and second derivatives are continuous on and for all x in . Show that

- Let ABC be a right-angled triangle with BC=AC=1. Let P be any point on AB. Draw perpendiculars PQ and PR on AC and BC respectively from P. Define M to be the maximum of the areas of BPR, APQ and PQCR. Find the minimum possible value of M.
- A sequence is called an arithmetic progression of the first order if the differences of the successive terms are constant. It is called an arithmetic progression of the second order if the differences of the successive terms form an arithmetic progression of the first order. In general, for , a sequence is called an arithmetic progression of the k-th order if the differences of the successive terms form an arithmetic progression of the (k-1)-th order.

The numbers

4,6,13,27,50,84

are the first six terms of an arithmetic progression of some order. What is its least possible order? Find a formula for the n-th term of this progression. - A cardboard box in the shape of a rectangular parallelopiped is to be enclosed in a cylindrical container with a hemispherical lid. If the total height of the container from the base to the top of the lid is 60 centimetres and its base has radius 30 centimetres, find the volume of the largest box that can be completely enclosed inside the container with the lid on.
- Let f(x) be a function satisfying

Show that where denotes the n-th derivative evaluated at x. - Show that the vertices of a regular pentagon are concyclic. If the length of each side of the pentagon is x, show that the radius of the circumcircle is .
- Find the number of ways in which three numbers can be selected from the set , such that the sum of the three selected numbers is divisible by 4.
- Consider 6 points located at . Let R be the region consisting of all points in the plane whose distance from P_0 is smaller than that from any other . Find the perimeter of the region R.
- Let be the n-th non-square positive integer. Thus , etc. For a positive real number x, denotes the integer closest to it by . If x=m+0.5, where m is an integer, then define . For example, . Show that

can someone explain to me the solution to the last problem.

Please discuss problem no.1 and forward video