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**Problem 1:**

Bishops on a chessboard move along the diagonals ( that is, on lines parallel to the two main diagonals). Prove that the maximum number of non-attacking bishops on an \( n*n \) chessboard is \( 2n-2 \). (Two bishops are said to be attacking if they are on a common diagonal).

**Problem 2: **

Prove that there is no non-constant polynomial \( P(x) \) with integer coefficients such that \( P(n) \) is a prime number for all positive integers \( n \).

**Problem 3: **

Find all roots of the equation :- \(\mathbf{ 1-\frac{x}{1}+\frac{x(x-1)}{2!} - \cdots +(-1)^n\frac{x(x-1)(x-2)...(x-n+1)}{n!}=0.}\)

**Problem 4: **

Let \(\mathbf{f:\mathbb{R} to \mathbb{R}}\) be a function that is a function that is differentiable \( n+1 \) times for some positive integer \( n \) . The \(\mathbf{i^{th}}\) derivative of f is denoted by \(\mathbf{f^{(i)}}\) . Suppose-\(\mathbf{f(1)=f(0)=f^{(1)}(0)=...=f^{(n)}(0)=0.}\)

Prove that \(\mathbf{f^{(n+1)}(x)=0}\) for some \(\mathbf{x \in (0,1)}\)

**Problem 5: **

A domino is a \( 2 \) by \( 1 \) rectangle. For what integers \( m \) and \( n \) can we cover an \( m*n \) rectangle with non-overlapping dominoes?

**Problem 6: **

You are standing at the edge of a river which is 1 km wide. You have to go to your camp on the opposite bank. The distance to the camp from the point on the opposite bank directly across you is 1 km. You can swim at 2 km/hr and walk at 3 km-hr. What is the shortest time you will take to reach your camp? (Ignore the speed of the river and assume that the river banks are straight and parallel).

**Problem 7: **

In a triangle \( ABC \) , \( D \) is a point on \( BC \) such that \( AD \) is the internal bisector of \(\mathbf{\angle A}\). Now Suppose \(\mathbf{\angle B=2\angle C}\) and CD=AB . Prove that \(\mathbf{\angle A=72^0}\)

**Problem 8: **

Let \( S \) be the set of all integers \( k \), \(\mathbf{1\leq k\leq n}\), such that \(\mathbf{gcd(k,n)=1}\). What is the arithmetic mean of the integers in \(S\)?

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