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# NMTC Algebra Problems and Solutions

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 10

How many positive integers smaller than 400 can you get as a sum of eleven consecutive positive integers?

Number are
$1+2+3+\ldots \ldots +11=66$
$2+3+4+\ldots \ldots \ldots +12=77$
$3+4+5+\ldots \ldots \ldots +13=88$

So number are $66,77,88 \ldots \ldots$
These number are multiple of 11 from 6th multiple.
So largest number which is multiple of $11$ & less than $400$ is $396$ .

$396$ is 36th multiple of $11 .$
So required no's are $36-5=31$
( $5$ for first $5$ multiples)

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 11

Let $x, y$ and $z$ be positive real numbers and let $x \geq y \geq z$ so that $x+y+z=20.1$. Which of the following statements is true ?

(A) Always xy < 99

(B) Always $x y>1$
(C) Always $x y \neq 75$
(D) Always yz $\neq 49$

$x+y+z=20.1$
In option (A)
If we take $x=y=10 \& z=.1$
$x y=100>99$
So option (A) is wrong

In option $(B)$ if we take, $x=20.050, y=00.049, z=.001$
$x y=0.98245<1$
So option (B) is also wrong

In option (C) If we take $x=15, y=5, \& z=.1$
$x y=75$
Option (C) is also wrong

In option (D)
Minimum value of $x=\frac{20.1}{3}=6 \cdot 7$ maximum value of $z=\frac{20.1}{3}=6 \cdot 7$
If $x=6.7 \& z=6.7 \quad y$ is also $6.7$
So maximum product of $y z=6.7 \times 6.7=44.89$
So $\mathrm{yz}$ is never equal to 49 .
Option (D) is correct.

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 12

A sequence $a_{n}$ is generated by the rule, $a_{n}$=$a_{n-1}-a_{n-2}$ for $n \geq 3$. Given $a_{1}=2$ and $a_{2}$=$4$, then sum of the first 2019 terms of the sequence is given by

$a_{1}$=$2, \quad a_{2}$=$4$
$a_{3}$=$a_{2}-a_{1}=4-2$=$2$

$a_{4}$=$a_{3}-a_{2}=2-4$=$-2$
$a_{5}$=$a_{4}-a_{3}=-2-(2)$=$-4$
$a_{6}$=$a_{5}-a_{4}=-4-(-2)$=$-2$
$a_{7}$=$a_{6}-a_{5}=-2-(-4)$=$2$
$a_{8}$=$a_{7}-a_{6}=2-(-2)$=$4$

So pattern of no's are $2, 4, 2, -2,-4$, $-2, 2, 4, 2 ,-2, -4, -2$ repeated after 6 numbers
Sum of 6 number=$2+4+2+(-2)$+$(-4)+(-2)$=$0$

$2019= 2016+3$
$(336 \times 6)$
So sum of first 2016 terms $=0$
Sum of first 2019 terms $=2+4+2$=$8$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 15

If $y^{10}=2019$, then
(A) $2<y<3$
(B) $1<y<2$
(C) $4<y<5$
(D) $3<y<4$

$2^{10}=1024$ & $3^{10}=59049$
$2^{10}<2019<3^{10}$

So $\mathrm{y}$ is lie between $2 \& 3$
$2<y<3$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 16

A sequence of all natural numbers whose second digit (from left to right) is 1 , is written in strictly increasing order without repetition as follows: $11$, $21$, $31$, $41$, $51$, $61$, $71$, $81$, $91$, $110$, $111$, $\ldots$ Note that the first term of the sequence is 11 . The third term is 31 , eighth term is 81 and tenth term is 110. The 100th term of the sequence will be

Keep in mind that in this question it is mentioned that the second digit is 1, so just count the numbers contain 1 as second digit in strictly increasing order.

Total $99$ no's upto $919$
So next $100$ no is $1100$.

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 18

Given $a, b, c$ are real numbers such that $9 a+b+8 c$=$12$ and $8 a+12 b+9 c$=$1$. Then $a^{2}-b^{2}+c^{2}=$

From the 2 equation, we can take one variable to R.H.S to simplify the equations.

$9 a+8 c=12-b \cdots (i)$
$8 a-9 c=1+12 b \cdots (ii)$

$(9 a+8 c)^{2}$+$(8 a-9 c)^{2}$=$(12-b)^{2}$+$(1+12 b)^{2}$

$145\left(a^{2}+c^{2}\right)$=$145\left(b^{2}+1\right)$
$a^{2}-b^{2}+c^{2}=1$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 22

If $a, b, c, d$ are positive integers such that $a+\frac{1}{b+\frac{1}{c+\frac{1}{d}}}$=$\frac{43}{30}$, then $d$ is

Convert the fraction into a mixed fraction and then break it step by step.

$\frac{43}{30}$

$=1+\frac{13}{30}$

$=1+\frac{1}{\frac{30}{13}}$

$=1+\frac{1}{2+\frac{4}{13}}$

Therefore,

$1+\frac{1}{2+\frac{1}{\frac{13}{4}}}$

$=1+\frac{1}{2+\frac{1}{3+\frac{1}{4}}}$

So, $a=1 , b=2, c=3 , d=4$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 7

Let $A={1,2,3, \ldots .17}$ For every nonempty subset B of A find the product of the reciprocals of the members of B. The sum of all such product is

$\left(\frac{1}{1}+\frac{1}{2} \ldots \ldots \frac{1}{17}\right)$+$\left(\frac{1}{1 \times 2}+\frac{1}{1 \times 3}\right)$+$\ldots \ldots\left(\frac{1}{1 \times 2 \times 3 \ldots \ldots 17}\right)$

=

$\frac{(1+2 \ldots 17)+(1 \times 2+1 \times 3+\ldots) \ldots +(1 \times 2 \ldots 16)+1}{1 \times 2 \times 3 \ldots 17}$

Therefore we can get,

$=\frac{\Sigma 1+\Sigma 1.2+\Sigma 1.2 .3+\ldots +\Sigma 1.2 \ldots 16+1}{1 \times 2 \times 3 \ldots .17}$
$=\frac{(1+1)(1+2)(1+3) \ldots (1+17)-(1 \times 2 \ldots 17)}{1 \times 2 \times 3 \ldots .17}$
$=\frac{1.2 .3 \ldots .18-1.2 .3 \ldots .17}{1 \times 2 \times 3 \ldots 17}$

=$\frac{17 !(18-1)}{17 !}$=$17$.

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 8

The remainder of $f(x)=x^{100}+x^{50}+x^{10}+x^{2}-6$ when divided by $x^{2}-1$ is

Let $R(x)=A x+B$
$x^{100}+x^{50}+x^{10}+x^{2}-6$

=$q(x)\left(x^{2}-1\right)+A x+B$
$x=1$
$1+1+1+1-6=A+B$
$-2=A+B \quad (i)$

$x=-1$
$1+1+1+1-6=-A+B$
$-2=-A+B \quad (ii)$

$\text { from equation (i) and (ii) }$
$-4=2 B$
$B=-2$
$A=0$
$R(x)=-2$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 11

If $m$ and $n$ are positive integers such that $\frac{m+n}{m^{2}+m n+n^{2}}=\frac{4}{49}$, then $m+n$ is equal to

$\frac{m+n}{m^{2}+m n+n^{2}}$=$\frac{4}{49} \frac{m+n}{(m+n)^{2}-m n}$=$\frac{4}{49}$

$\mathrm{m}$ and $\mathrm{n}$ are positive integer $\mathrm{mn}>0$ from option $a, b, c$ $m n<0$
therefore $m+n=16$.

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 15

$\mathrm{A}, \mathrm{M}, \mathrm{T}, \mathrm{I}$ are positive integers such that $\mathrm{A}+\mathrm{M}+\mathrm{T}+\mathrm{I}$=$10$. The maximum possible value of $A \times M \times T \times 1$ + $A \times M \times T$ + $A \times M \times I$ + $A \times T \times I$ + $M \times T \times I$ + $A \times M$ + $A \times T$ + $A \times 1$ + $M \times T$ + $M \times I$ + $T \times I$ is

$A \times M \times T \times I+A \times M \times T+A \times M \times I+A \times T \times I+M \times T \times I+A \times M+A \times T+A \times I+M \times T+M \times I$
$+T \times I$ this expression is maximum if we take A=M $=3, T=I=2 .$

$A \times M \times T \times I$ + $A \times M \times T$ + $A \times M \times I$ + $A \times T \times I$ + $M \times T \times I$ + $A \times M$ + $A \times T$ + $A \times I$ + $M \times T$ + $M \times I$ + $T \times I$ =$(1+A)(1+M)(1+T)(1+I)$-$1$-$(A+M+T+I)$
$=(1+3)(1+3)(1+2)(1+2)-1-10$
$=144-11=133 .$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 22

The number of different integers $x$ that satisfy the equation $\left(x^{2}-5 x+5\right)^{\left(x^{2}-11 x+30\right)}=1$ is

$\left(x^{2}-5 x+5\right)^{\left(x^{2}+11 x+30\right)}=1$
Case-I
$x^{2}-11 x+30=0$
$x^{2}-6 x-5 x+30=0$
$x(x-6)-5(x-6)=0$
$(x-6)(x-5)=0$
$x=5,6$

Case-II
$1=x^{2}-5 x+5$
$x^{2}-5 x+4=0$
$x^{2}-4 x-x+4=0$
$x(x-4)-1(x-4)=0$
$(x-4)(x-1)=0$
$x=1, x=4$

Case - III
$x^{2}-5 x+5=-1$ and $x^{2}-11 x+30=$ even
$x^{2}-5 x+6=0$
$x^{2}-3 x-2 x+6=0$
$x(x-3)-2(x-3)=0$
$(x-3)(x-2)=0$
$x=2,3$ at $x=2$ and 3
$x^{2}-11 x+30=$ even therefore $x=2,3$ are solutions. 6 answer.

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 25

Let $x$ and $y$ be real numbers satisfying $x^{4} y^{5}$+$y^{4} x^{5}=810$ and $x^{3} y^{6}$+$y^{3} x^{6}$=$945$. Then the value of $2 x^{3}+$ $x^{3} y^{3}$+$2 y^{3}$ is

$\frac{x^{4} y^{2}(x+y)}{x^{3} y^{3}\left(x^{3}+y^{3}\right)}=\frac{810}{945}$
$\frac{x y(x+y)}{x^{3}+y^{3}}=\frac{6}{7}$
$\frac{x y}{x^{2}+y^{2}-x y}=\frac{6}{7}$

Therefore:

$6 x^{2}+6 y^{2}-13 x y=0$
$\Rightarrow \quad(3 x-2 y)(2 x-3 y)=0$
$\frac{x}{y}=\frac{2}{3}$ or $\frac{y}{x}=\frac{2}{3}$
Let $x=\frac{2}{3} y$
$x^{4} y^{5}+y^{4} x^{5}=810$
$\left(\frac{2}{3} y\right)^{4} y^{5}+y^{4}\left(\frac{2}{3} y\right)^{5}=810$

$y^{9}=\frac{3^{9}}{2^{3}} \quad$

$\Rightarrow \quad y$=$\frac{3}{2^{1 / 3}} \quad$

$\Rightarrow \quad y^{3}$=$\frac{27}{2}$
$x=2^{2 / 3} \quad \Rightarrow \quad x^{3}$=$4$
$\quad 2 x^{3}+2 y^{2}+x^{3} y^{3}$

=$2.4+2 \cdot \frac{27}{2} \quad 4 \cdot \frac{27}{2}$

=$8+27+54$=$89$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 29

$\{a_{k}\}$ is a sequence of integers, with $a_{1}=-2$ and $a_{m+n}=a_{m}+a_{n}+m n$, for all positive integers $m$, $n$. Then the value of $\mathrm{a}_{8}=$

$a_{1}=-2$
$a_{2}=a_{1+1}=a_{1}+a_{1}+1 \cdot 1$
$=-2-2+1=-3$

$a_{4}=a_{2}+2=a_{1}+a_{2}+2 \cdot 2$
$=-3-3+4$
$a_{4}=-2$

$a_{8}=a_{4+4}=a_{4}+a_{4}+4 \times 4$
$=-2-2+16=12$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 30

The coefficient of $x^{90}$ in $\left(1+x+x^{2}+x^{3}+\ldots . .+x^{60}\right)$ $\left(1+x+x^{2}+\ldots \ldots+x^{120}\right)$ is equal to

$\left(1+x+x^{2}+x \ldots \ldots \ldots+x^{60}\right)$ $\left(1+x+x^{2}+\ldots \ldots+x^{120}\right)$
$=\left(\frac{1-x^{61}}{1-x}\right)$ $\left(\frac{1-x^{121}}{1-x}\right)$

Coefficient of $x^{90}$ in $\left(\frac{1-x^{61}}{1-x}\right)\left(\frac{1-x^{121}}{1-x}\right)$
$=\left(1-x^{61}\right)\left(1-x^{121}\right)(1-x)^{-2}$

Now, coefficient of $x^{90}$ in $(1-x)^{-2}-$ coefficient of $x^{29}$ in $(1-x)^{-2}$
$={ }^{90+2-1} C_{2-1}-{ }^{29+2-1} C_{2-1}$
$={ }^{91} C_{1}-{ }^{30} C_{1}=91-30=61$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Inter Question 3

The number of values of a for which the function $f(x)=\cos 2 x+2 a(1+\cos x)$ has a minimum value $\frac{1}{2}$ is :

$f(x)=2 \cos ^{2} x-1+2 a+2 a \cos x$
$=2 \cos ^{2} x+2 a \cos x+2 a-1$
$\min f(x)=\frac{1}{2} \quad$

$\Rightarrow \min \left(2 \cos ^{2} x+2 a \cos x+2 a-1\right)$=$\frac{1}{2}$
$\Rightarrow \min \left(2 t^{2}+2 a t+2 a-1\right)$=$\frac{1}{2}$ where $t \in[-1,1]$

Case-I $-1 \leq \frac{-2 a}{4} \leq 1 \quad$ then min value $=-\frac{\left(4 a^{2}-4 \times 2(2 a-1)\right)}{4 \times 2}=\frac{1}{2}$
$\Rightarrow a=1,3$ (rejected)
Case-II $\frac{-2 a}{4}>1 \quad$

then min value is $2+2 a+2 a-1$=$\frac{1}{2}$
$\Rightarrow 4 a=-\frac{1}{2} \quad$

$\Rightarrow \quad a=-\frac{1}{8}($ rejected $)$

Case-III $\frac{-2 a}{4}<-1 \quad$ then min value is $2-2 a+2 a-1=\frac{1}{2}$
\begin{aligned} &\Rightarrow \quad a \in \phi \ &\Rightarrow \quad a \in{1} \end{aligned}

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Inter Question 4

Let $f(x)=\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^{2}-1}} \cdot$.

If $f^{2}(x)$=$f(f(x)), f^{3}(x)$=$f\left(f^{2}(x)\right), \ldots \ldots, f^{n+1}(x)$=$f\left(f^{n}(x)\right)$, then $f^{2019}(\sqrt{2})$ is :

$f(x)$=$\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^{2}-1}}$

If we replace 'x' with f(x), we will get:

$f(f(x))$=$\frac{f(x)}{\sqrt{\left(f(x)^{2}-1\right.}}$=$\frac{\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^{2}-1}}}{\sqrt{\frac{x^{2}}{x^{2}-1}-1}}$=$x$

Repeating same process, we get:

$$f^{3}(x)=f(f(f(x))=f(x)$$
$$f^{4}(x)=f^{2}(x)=x$$

Similarly $f^{2019}(x)=f(x)=\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^{2}-1}}$
$$f^{2019}(\sqrt{2})=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{\sqrt{2-1}}=\sqrt{2} \text { Ans. }$$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Inter Question 8

Let $a, b$ and $c$ be real numbers such that $2 a^{2}-b c-9 a+10$=$0$ and $4 b^{2}+c^{2}+b c-7 a-8$=$0$. Then the set of real values that a can take is given by

[1,4.2]

$(2 b-c)^{2}+5 b c-7 a-8=0\quad \ldots (i)$
$2 a^{2}-b c-9 a+10=0 \quad \ldots (ii)$

$5($ ii $)+(i)=10 a^{2}+(2 b-c)^{2}-52 a+42=0$
$10 a^{2}-52 a+42 \leq 0$
$(a-1)(10 a-42) \leq 0$

$a \in[1,4.2]$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 10

How many positive integers smaller than 400 can you get as a sum of eleven consecutive positive integers?

Number are
$1+2+3+\ldots \ldots +11=66$
$2+3+4+\ldots \ldots \ldots +12=77$
$3+4+5+\ldots \ldots \ldots +13=88$

So number are $66,77,88 \ldots \ldots$
These number are multiple of 11 from 6th multiple.
So largest number which is multiple of $11$ & less than $400$ is $396$ .

$396$ is 36th multiple of $11 .$
So required no's are $36-5=31$
( $5$ for first $5$ multiples)

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 11

Let $x, y$ and $z$ be positive real numbers and let $x \geq y \geq z$ so that $x+y+z=20.1$. Which of the following statements is true ?

(A) Always xy < 99

(B) Always $x y>1$
(C) Always $x y \neq 75$
(D) Always yz $\neq 49$

$x+y+z=20.1$
In option (A)
If we take $x=y=10 \& z=.1$
$x y=100>99$
So option (A) is wrong

In option $(B)$ if we take, $x=20.050, y=00.049, z=.001$
$x y=0.98245<1$
So option (B) is also wrong

In option (C) If we take $x=15, y=5, \& z=.1$
$x y=75$
Option (C) is also wrong

In option (D)
Minimum value of $x=\frac{20.1}{3}=6 \cdot 7$ maximum value of $z=\frac{20.1}{3}=6 \cdot 7$
If $x=6.7 \& z=6.7 \quad y$ is also $6.7$
So maximum product of $y z=6.7 \times 6.7=44.89$
So $\mathrm{yz}$ is never equal to 49 .
Option (D) is correct.

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 12

A sequence $a_{n}$ is generated by the rule, $a_{n}$=$a_{n-1}-a_{n-2}$ for $n \geq 3$. Given $a_{1}=2$ and $a_{2}$=$4$, then sum of the first 2019 terms of the sequence is given by

$a_{1}$=$2, \quad a_{2}$=$4$
$a_{3}$=$a_{2}-a_{1}=4-2$=$2$

$a_{4}$=$a_{3}-a_{2}=2-4$=$-2$
$a_{5}$=$a_{4}-a_{3}=-2-(2)$=$-4$
$a_{6}$=$a_{5}-a_{4}=-4-(-2)$=$-2$
$a_{7}$=$a_{6}-a_{5}=-2-(-4)$=$2$
$a_{8}$=$a_{7}-a_{6}=2-(-2)$=$4$

So pattern of no's are $2, 4, 2, -2,-4$, $-2, 2, 4, 2 ,-2, -4, -2$ repeated after 6 numbers
Sum of 6 number=$2+4+2+(-2)$+$(-4)+(-2)$=$0$

$2019= 2016+3$
$(336 \times 6)$
So sum of first 2016 terms $=0$
Sum of first 2019 terms $=2+4+2$=$8$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 15

If $y^{10}=2019$, then
(A) $2<y<3$
(B) $1<y<2$
(C) $4<y<5$
(D) $3<y<4$

$2^{10}=1024$ & $3^{10}=59049$
$2^{10}<2019<3^{10}$

So $\mathrm{y}$ is lie between $2 \& 3$
$2<y<3$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 16

A sequence of all natural numbers whose second digit (from left to right) is 1 , is written in strictly increasing order without repetition as follows: $11$, $21$, $31$, $41$, $51$, $61$, $71$, $81$, $91$, $110$, $111$, $\ldots$ Note that the first term of the sequence is 11 . The third term is 31 , eighth term is 81 and tenth term is 110. The 100th term of the sequence will be

Keep in mind that in this question it is mentioned that the second digit is 1, so just count the numbers contain 1 as second digit in strictly increasing order.

Total $99$ no's upto $919$
So next $100$ no is $1100$.

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 18

Given $a, b, c$ are real numbers such that $9 a+b+8 c$=$12$ and $8 a+12 b+9 c$=$1$. Then $a^{2}-b^{2}+c^{2}=$

From the 2 equation, we can take one variable to R.H.S to simplify the equations.

$9 a+8 c=12-b \cdots (i)$
$8 a-9 c=1+12 b \cdots (ii)$

$(9 a+8 c)^{2}$+$(8 a-9 c)^{2}$=$(12-b)^{2}$+$(1+12 b)^{2}$

$145\left(a^{2}+c^{2}\right)$=$145\left(b^{2}+1\right)$
$a^{2}-b^{2}+c^{2}=1$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Sub junior Question 22

If $a, b, c, d$ are positive integers such that $a+\frac{1}{b+\frac{1}{c+\frac{1}{d}}}$=$\frac{43}{30}$, then $d$ is

Convert the fraction into a mixed fraction and then break it step by step.

$\frac{43}{30}$

$=1+\frac{13}{30}$

$=1+\frac{1}{\frac{30}{13}}$

$=1+\frac{1}{2+\frac{4}{13}}$

Therefore,

$1+\frac{1}{2+\frac{1}{\frac{13}{4}}}$

$=1+\frac{1}{2+\frac{1}{3+\frac{1}{4}}}$

So, $a=1 , b=2, c=3 , d=4$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 7

Let $A={1,2,3, \ldots .17}$ For every nonempty subset B of A find the product of the reciprocals of the members of B. The sum of all such product is

$\left(\frac{1}{1}+\frac{1}{2} \ldots \ldots \frac{1}{17}\right)$+$\left(\frac{1}{1 \times 2}+\frac{1}{1 \times 3}\right)$+$\ldots \ldots\left(\frac{1}{1 \times 2 \times 3 \ldots \ldots 17}\right)$

=

$\frac{(1+2 \ldots 17)+(1 \times 2+1 \times 3+\ldots) \ldots +(1 \times 2 \ldots 16)+1}{1 \times 2 \times 3 \ldots 17}$

Therefore we can get,

$=\frac{\Sigma 1+\Sigma 1.2+\Sigma 1.2 .3+\ldots +\Sigma 1.2 \ldots 16+1}{1 \times 2 \times 3 \ldots .17}$
$=\frac{(1+1)(1+2)(1+3) \ldots (1+17)-(1 \times 2 \ldots 17)}{1 \times 2 \times 3 \ldots .17}$
$=\frac{1.2 .3 \ldots .18-1.2 .3 \ldots .17}{1 \times 2 \times 3 \ldots 17}$

=$\frac{17 !(18-1)}{17 !}$=$17$.

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 8

The remainder of $f(x)=x^{100}+x^{50}+x^{10}+x^{2}-6$ when divided by $x^{2}-1$ is

Let $R(x)=A x+B$
$x^{100}+x^{50}+x^{10}+x^{2}-6$

=$q(x)\left(x^{2}-1\right)+A x+B$
$x=1$
$1+1+1+1-6=A+B$
$-2=A+B \quad (i)$

$x=-1$
$1+1+1+1-6=-A+B$
$-2=-A+B \quad (ii)$

$\text { from equation (i) and (ii) }$
$-4=2 B$
$B=-2$
$A=0$
$R(x)=-2$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 11

If $m$ and $n$ are positive integers such that $\frac{m+n}{m^{2}+m n+n^{2}}=\frac{4}{49}$, then $m+n$ is equal to

$\frac{m+n}{m^{2}+m n+n^{2}}$=$\frac{4}{49} \frac{m+n}{(m+n)^{2}-m n}$=$\frac{4}{49}$

$\mathrm{m}$ and $\mathrm{n}$ are positive integer $\mathrm{mn}>0$ from option $a, b, c$ $m n<0$
therefore $m+n=16$.

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 15

$\mathrm{A}, \mathrm{M}, \mathrm{T}, \mathrm{I}$ are positive integers such that $\mathrm{A}+\mathrm{M}+\mathrm{T}+\mathrm{I}$=$10$. The maximum possible value of $A \times M \times T \times 1$ + $A \times M \times T$ + $A \times M \times I$ + $A \times T \times I$ + $M \times T \times I$ + $A \times M$ + $A \times T$ + $A \times 1$ + $M \times T$ + $M \times I$ + $T \times I$ is

$A \times M \times T \times I+A \times M \times T+A \times M \times I+A \times T \times I+M \times T \times I+A \times M+A \times T+A \times I+M \times T+M \times I$
$+T \times I$ this expression is maximum if we take A=M $=3, T=I=2 .$

$A \times M \times T \times I$ + $A \times M \times T$ + $A \times M \times I$ + $A \times T \times I$ + $M \times T \times I$ + $A \times M$ + $A \times T$ + $A \times I$ + $M \times T$ + $M \times I$ + $T \times I$ =$(1+A)(1+M)(1+T)(1+I)$-$1$-$(A+M+T+I)$
$=(1+3)(1+3)(1+2)(1+2)-1-10$
$=144-11=133 .$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 22

The number of different integers $x$ that satisfy the equation $\left(x^{2}-5 x+5\right)^{\left(x^{2}-11 x+30\right)}=1$ is

$\left(x^{2}-5 x+5\right)^{\left(x^{2}+11 x+30\right)}=1$
Case-I
$x^{2}-11 x+30=0$
$x^{2}-6 x-5 x+30=0$
$x(x-6)-5(x-6)=0$
$(x-6)(x-5)=0$
$x=5,6$

Case-II
$1=x^{2}-5 x+5$
$x^{2}-5 x+4=0$
$x^{2}-4 x-x+4=0$
$x(x-4)-1(x-4)=0$
$(x-4)(x-1)=0$
$x=1, x=4$

Case - III
$x^{2}-5 x+5=-1$ and $x^{2}-11 x+30=$ even
$x^{2}-5 x+6=0$
$x^{2}-3 x-2 x+6=0$
$x(x-3)-2(x-3)=0$
$(x-3)(x-2)=0$
$x=2,3$ at $x=2$ and 3
$x^{2}-11 x+30=$ even therefore $x=2,3$ are solutions. 6 answer.

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 25

Let $x$ and $y$ be real numbers satisfying $x^{4} y^{5}$+$y^{4} x^{5}=810$ and $x^{3} y^{6}$+$y^{3} x^{6}$=$945$. Then the value of $2 x^{3}+$ $x^{3} y^{3}$+$2 y^{3}$ is

$\frac{x^{4} y^{2}(x+y)}{x^{3} y^{3}\left(x^{3}+y^{3}\right)}=\frac{810}{945}$
$\frac{x y(x+y)}{x^{3}+y^{3}}=\frac{6}{7}$
$\frac{x y}{x^{2}+y^{2}-x y}=\frac{6}{7}$

Therefore:

$6 x^{2}+6 y^{2}-13 x y=0$
$\Rightarrow \quad(3 x-2 y)(2 x-3 y)=0$
$\frac{x}{y}=\frac{2}{3}$ or $\frac{y}{x}=\frac{2}{3}$
Let $x=\frac{2}{3} y$
$x^{4} y^{5}+y^{4} x^{5}=810$
$\left(\frac{2}{3} y\right)^{4} y^{5}+y^{4}\left(\frac{2}{3} y\right)^{5}=810$

$y^{9}=\frac{3^{9}}{2^{3}} \quad$

$\Rightarrow \quad y$=$\frac{3}{2^{1 / 3}} \quad$

$\Rightarrow \quad y^{3}$=$\frac{27}{2}$
$x=2^{2 / 3} \quad \Rightarrow \quad x^{3}$=$4$
$\quad 2 x^{3}+2 y^{2}+x^{3} y^{3}$

=$2.4+2 \cdot \frac{27}{2} \quad 4 \cdot \frac{27}{2}$

=$8+27+54$=$89$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 29

$\{a_{k}\}$ is a sequence of integers, with $a_{1}=-2$ and $a_{m+n}=a_{m}+a_{n}+m n$, for all positive integers $m$, $n$. Then the value of $\mathrm{a}_{8}=$

$a_{1}=-2$
$a_{2}=a_{1+1}=a_{1}+a_{1}+1 \cdot 1$
$=-2-2+1=-3$

$a_{4}=a_{2}+2=a_{1}+a_{2}+2 \cdot 2$
$=-3-3+4$
$a_{4}=-2$

$a_{8}=a_{4+4}=a_{4}+a_{4}+4 \times 4$
$=-2-2+16=12$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Junior Question 30

The coefficient of $x^{90}$ in $\left(1+x+x^{2}+x^{3}+\ldots . .+x^{60}\right)$ $\left(1+x+x^{2}+\ldots \ldots+x^{120}\right)$ is equal to

$\left(1+x+x^{2}+x \ldots \ldots \ldots+x^{60}\right)$ $\left(1+x+x^{2}+\ldots \ldots+x^{120}\right)$
$=\left(\frac{1-x^{61}}{1-x}\right)$ $\left(\frac{1-x^{121}}{1-x}\right)$

Coefficient of $x^{90}$ in $\left(\frac{1-x^{61}}{1-x}\right)\left(\frac{1-x^{121}}{1-x}\right)$
$=\left(1-x^{61}\right)\left(1-x^{121}\right)(1-x)^{-2}$

Now, coefficient of $x^{90}$ in $(1-x)^{-2}-$ coefficient of $x^{29}$ in $(1-x)^{-2}$
$={ }^{90+2-1} C_{2-1}-{ }^{29+2-1} C_{2-1}$
$={ }^{91} C_{1}-{ }^{30} C_{1}=91-30=61$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Inter Question 3

The number of values of a for which the function $f(x)=\cos 2 x+2 a(1+\cos x)$ has a minimum value $\frac{1}{2}$ is :

$f(x)=2 \cos ^{2} x-1+2 a+2 a \cos x$
$=2 \cos ^{2} x+2 a \cos x+2 a-1$
$\min f(x)=\frac{1}{2} \quad$

$\Rightarrow \min \left(2 \cos ^{2} x+2 a \cos x+2 a-1\right)$=$\frac{1}{2}$
$\Rightarrow \min \left(2 t^{2}+2 a t+2 a-1\right)$=$\frac{1}{2}$ where $t \in[-1,1]$

Case-I $-1 \leq \frac{-2 a}{4} \leq 1 \quad$ then min value $=-\frac{\left(4 a^{2}-4 \times 2(2 a-1)\right)}{4 \times 2}=\frac{1}{2}$
$\Rightarrow a=1,3$ (rejected)
Case-II $\frac{-2 a}{4}>1 \quad$

then min value is $2+2 a+2 a-1$=$\frac{1}{2}$
$\Rightarrow 4 a=-\frac{1}{2} \quad$

$\Rightarrow \quad a=-\frac{1}{8}($ rejected $)$

Case-III $\frac{-2 a}{4}<-1 \quad$ then min value is $2-2 a+2 a-1=\frac{1}{2}$
\begin{aligned} &\Rightarrow \quad a \in \phi \ &\Rightarrow \quad a \in{1} \end{aligned}

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Inter Question 4

Let $f(x)=\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^{2}-1}} \cdot$.

If $f^{2}(x)$=$f(f(x)), f^{3}(x)$=$f\left(f^{2}(x)\right), \ldots \ldots, f^{n+1}(x)$=$f\left(f^{n}(x)\right)$, then $f^{2019}(\sqrt{2})$ is :

$f(x)$=$\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^{2}-1}}$

If we replace 'x' with f(x), we will get:

$f(f(x))$=$\frac{f(x)}{\sqrt{\left(f(x)^{2}-1\right.}}$=$\frac{\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^{2}-1}}}{\sqrt{\frac{x^{2}}{x^{2}-1}-1}}$=$x$

Repeating same process, we get:

$$f^{3}(x)=f(f(f(x))=f(x)$$
$$f^{4}(x)=f^{2}(x)=x$$

Similarly $f^{2019}(x)=f(x)=\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^{2}-1}}$
$$f^{2019}(\sqrt{2})=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{\sqrt{2-1}}=\sqrt{2} \text { Ans. }$$

## NMTC 2019 Stage 1 Inter Question 8

Let $a, b$ and $c$ be real numbers such that $2 a^{2}-b c-9 a+10$=$0$ and $4 b^{2}+c^{2}+b c-7 a-8$=$0$. Then the set of real values that a can take is given by

[1,4.2]

$(2 b-c)^{2}+5 b c-7 a-8=0\quad \ldots (i)$
$2 a^{2}-b c-9 a+10=0 \quad \ldots (ii)$

$5($ ii $)+(i)=10 a^{2}+(2 b-c)^{2}-52 a+42=0$
$10 a^{2}-52 a+42 \leq 0$
$(a-1)(10 a-42) \leq 0$

$a \in[1,4.2]$

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