Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, AIME, 2000 based on Sequence and fraction.

Sequence and fraction – AIME I, 2000

A sequence of numbers \(x_1,x_2,….,x_{100}\) has the property that, for every integer k between 1 and 100, inclusive, the number \(x_k\) is k less than the sum of the other 99 numbers, given that \(x_{50}=\frac{m}{n}\), where m and n are relatively prime positive integers, find m+n.

  • is 107
  • is 173
  • is 840
  • cannot be determined from the given information

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Answer: is 173.

Suggested Reading

AIME I, 2000, Question 10

Elementary Number Theory by Sierpinsky

Try with Hints

First hint

Let S be the sum of the sequence \(x_k\)

given that \(x_k=S-x_k-k\) for any k

taking k=1,2,….,100 and adding


Second Hint

\(\Rightarrow 100S-2S=\frac{100 \times 101}{2}=5050\)

\(\Rightarrow S=\frac{2525}{49}\)

for \(k=50, 2x_{50}=\frac{2525}{49}-50=\frac{75}{49}\)

Final Step

\(\Rightarrow x_{50}=\frac{75}{98}\)

\(\Rightarrow m+n\)=75+98


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