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Series and sum | AIME I, 1999 | Question 11

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1999 based on Series and sum.

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1999 based on Series and sum.

Series and sum – AIME I, 1999


given that \(\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^{35}sin5k=tan\frac{m}{n}\) where angles are measured in degrees, m and n are relatively prime positive integer that satisfy \(\frac{m}{n} \lt 90\), find m+n.

  • is 107
  • is 177
  • is 840
  • cannot be determined from the given information

Key Concepts


Angles

Triangles

Side Length

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But try the problem first…

Answer: is 177.

Source
Suggested Reading

AIME I, 2009, Question 5

Plane Trigonometry by Loney

Try with Hints


First hint

s=\(\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^{35}sin5k\)

Second Hint

s(sin5)=\(\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^{35}sin5ksin5=\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^{35}(0.5)[cos(5k-5)-cos(5k+5)]\)=\(\frac{1+cos5}{sin5}\)

Final Step

\(=\frac{1-cos(175)}{sin175}\)=\(tan\frac{175}{2}\) then m+n=175+2=177.

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