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Nearest Value - PRMO 2018


If x=cos1cos2cos3.....cos89 and y=cos2cos6cos10....cos86, then what is the integer nearest to \(\frac{2}{7}log_2{\frac{y}{x}}\)?

  • is 107
  • is 19
  • is 840
  • cannot be determined from the given information

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Answer: is 19.

PRMO, 2018, Question 14

Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight

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\(\frac{y}{x}\)=\(\frac{cos2cos6cos10.....cos86}{cos1cos2cos3....cos89}\)

=\(2^{44}\times\sqrt{2}\frac{cos2cos6cos10...cos86}{sin2sin4...sin88}\)

[ since cos\(\theta\)=sin(90-\(\theta\)) from cos 46 upto cos 89 and 2sin\(\theta\)cos\(\theta\)=sin2\(\theta\)]

=\(\frac{2^{\frac{89}{2}}sin4sin8sin12...sin88}{sin2sin4sin6...sin88}\)

[ since sin\(\theta\)=cos(90-\(\theta\))]

=\(\frac{2^{\frac{89}{2}}}{cos4cos8cos12..cos88}\)

[ since cos\(\theta\)=sin(90-\(\theta\))]

=\(\frac{2^\frac{89}{2}}{\frac{1}{2}^{22}}\)

[since \(cos4cos8cos12...cos88\)

\(=(cos4cos56cos64)(cos8cos52cos68)(cos12cos48cos72)(cos16cos44cos76)(cos20cos40cos80)(cos24cos36cos84)(cos28cos32cos88)cos60\)

\(=(1/2)^{15}(cos12cos24cos36cos48cos60cos72cos84)\)

\(=(1/2)^{16}(cos12cos48cos72)(cos24cos36cos84)\)

\(=(1/2)^{20}(cos36cos72)\)

\(=(1/2)^{20}(cos36sin18)\)

\(=(1/2)^{22}(4sin18cos18cos36/cos18)\)

\(=(1/2)^{22}(sin72/cos18)\)

\(=(1/2)^{22}\)]

=\(2^\frac{133}{2}\)

\(\frac{2}{7}log_2{\frac{y}{x}}\)=\(\frac{2}{7} \times \frac{133}{2}\)=19.

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