Try this beautiful problem from PRMO, 2019 based on Largest Possible Value.
Largest Possible Value | PRMO | Problem-17
Let a, b, c be distinct positive integers such that \(b + c – a\),\( c + a – b\) and \(a + b – c\) are all perfect squares.
What is the largest possible value of \(a + b + c\) smaller than \(100\)?
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PRMO-2019, Problem 17
Pre College Mathematics
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Let \(b + c – a = x^2\) … (i)
\(c + a – b = y^2\) … (ii)
\(a + b – c = z^2\) … (iii)
Now since \(a\),\( b\), \(c\) are distinct positive integers,
Therefore, \(x\), \(y\), \(z\) will also be positive integers,
add (i), (ii) and (iii)
\(a + b + c = x^2 + y^2 + z^2\)
Now, we need to find largest value of \(a + b + c or x^2 + y^2 + z^2\) less than \(100\)
Now, to get a, b, c all integers \(x\),\( y\), \(z\) all must be of same parity, i.e. either all three are even or all three
Can you now finish the problem ……….
Let us maximize\(x^2 + y^2 + z^2\), for both cases.
If \(x\), \(y\), \(z \)are all even.
\(b + c – a = 8^2 = 64\)
\(c + a – b = 42 = 16\)
\(a + b – c = 22 = 4\)
Which on solving, give\( a = 10\),\( b = 34\), \(c = 40\) and \(a + b + c = 84\)
If x, y, z are all odd
\(\Rightarrow b + c – a = 92 = 81\)
\(c + a – b = 32 = 9\)
\(a + b – c = 12 = 1\)
Which on solving, give \(a = 5\) ,\(b = 41\), \(c = 45\) and\( a + b + c = 91\)
Can you finish the problem……..
Therefore Maximum value of \(a + b + c < 100 = 91\)
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