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TIFR 2013 Math Paper Answer Key

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TIFR 2013 Unofficial Answer Key

Part A

1. D
2. B
3. C
4. C
5. D
6. C
7. D
8. A
9. C
10. B
11. D
12. C
13. B
14. B
15. D
16. D
17. B
18. C
19. B
20. D

Let C denote the cube \([-1, 1]^3 \subset \mathbb{R} \)  . How many rotations are there in \(\mathbb{R}^3 \) which take C to itself?

A. 6; B. 12 C. 18. D. 24

Discussion:

Theorem: A finite subgroup of \(SO_3 \) is one of the following groups:

  • \(C_k \) : the cyclic group of rotations by multiples of \(\frac {2 \pi } {k} \) about a line, with k arbitrary
  • \(D_k \) : the Dihedral group of symmetries of a regular k-gon , with k arbitrary
  • \(T \) the tetrahedral group of 12 rotational symmetries of a tetrahedron;
  • \(O \) : the octahedral group of 24 rotational symmetries of a cube or an octahedron
  • \(I \) : the icosahedral group of 60 rotational symmetries of a dodecahedron or an icosahedron

Part B

21. C
22. A
23.
24. D
25. A
26. B
27. D
28. A
29. A
30. B

(courtesy: Tattwamasi Amrutam)

December 8, 2013

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