BDMO national 2016, junior 10
BDMO national 2016, junior 10
$a, b, c, d$ are four positive integers where $a < b < c < d$ and the sum of any three of them is divisible by the fourth. Find all possible values of $(a, b, c, d)$
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Re: BDMO national 2016, junior 10
Note that this is equivalent to $a,b,c,d\mid a+b+c+d$ or $\text{lcm}(a,b,c,d)\mid a+b+c+d$. Letting $\text{lcm}(a,b,c,d)=X$, we want, $\dfrac{a}{X}+\dfrac{b}{X}+\dfrac{c}{X}+\dfrac{d}{X}=\dfrac{1}{X/a}+\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=k\in\mathbb{Z}^+$. The denominators are all integers so we have only four cases: $k=1, 2, 3, 4$ and this becomes a classic Diophantine problem...
If $k=4$ then $X/a=X/b=X/c=X/d=1$ so $a=b=c=d$ so they are not distinct, contradiction.
If $k=3$ then WLOG $X/a=X/b=1$, $X/c=X/d=2$ so $a=b$ which is also bad.
If $k=2$ then $X/a\le 2$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/a}+\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{4}{3} < 2$.
If $X/a=2$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{3}{2}$ where $X/b \le 2$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le 1 < \dfrac{3}{2}$. However this contradicts $X/a < X/b$ so no solutions.
Then we must have $X/a=1$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=1$ where $X/b \le 3$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{3}{4} < 1$.
If $X/b=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{2}{3}$ implies $2X/c\cdot X/d  3X/c3X/d =0 $implies $(2X/c3)(2X/d3)=9$ which has the solutions $X/c=2, X/d=6$ which doesn't work as $X/b > X/c$ or $X/c=X/d=3$ which doesn't work as $c=d$.
Thus $X/b=2$ which gives $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{2}$ implies $(X/c2)(X/d2)=4$ which has solutions $(X/c, X/d)=(3, 6), (4,4)$ and the last solution doesn't work since $c=d$.
Finally $X/b \le 1$ doesn't work as $a=b$.
$k=1$ is the interesting and tedious case. WLOG $X/a\le X/b\le X/c\le X/d$, then $X/a\le 4$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/a}+\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{4}{5} < 1$. If $X/a=4$ then $X/b=X/c=X/d=4$ which is bad because nondistinct.
If $X/a=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{2}{3}$, for which $X/b\le 4$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = \dfrac{3}{5} < \dfrac{2}{3}$.
If $X/b = 4$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = 5/12$ and so $5\cdot X/c\cdot X/d 12X/c12X/d =0$ implies $ (5X/c12)(5X/d12)=144$ and after bashing factors (eww) the only solutions are $5X/c12=3,5X/d12=48$ and $5X/c12=8, 5X/d12=18$ for which $X/c=3$ and $X/d=12$ which doesn't work as $X/a=X/c$, or $X/c=4$ and $X/d=6$ which also doesn't work as $X/b=X/c$.
If $X/b=3$ then $a=b$ which doesn't work, and if $X/b < 3$ then $X/b < X/a$ which defies the condition.
Thus $X/a=2$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{2}$ for which $X/b \le 6$, else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{3}{7} < \dfrac{1}{2}$.
If $X/b=6$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = 1/3 $implies $X/c\cdot X/d 3X/c3X/d=0 $implies $(X/c3)(X/d3)=9$ which has the solutions $X/c3=1$, $X/d3=9$ which gives $X/c=4$, $X/d=12$ which doesn't work as $X/c < X/b$ or $X/c3=3$, $X/d3=3$ which doesn't work as $c=d$.
If $X/b=5$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{3}{10}$ implies $3\cdot X/c\cdot X/d  10X/c10X/d=0$ implies $(3X/c10)(3X/d10)=100$ which only has the solutions $3X/c10 =2, 3X/d10 = 50$ or $X/c=4$ and $X/d=20$ which doesn't contradicts $X/b < X/c$; and $3X/c10=5, 3X/d10=20$ which gives $X/c=5$ and $X/d=10$ which gives $b=c$ which doesn't work.
If $X/b=4$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{4}$ so $(X/c4)(X/d4)=16$ which has solutions $(X/c,X/d)=(5,20), (6, 12), (8,8)$ the last which gives $c=d$ which is bad.
If $X/b=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{6}$ so $(X/c6)(X/d6)=36$ which has solutions $(X/c, X/d)=(7,42), (8,24), (9, 18), (10, 15), (12, 12)$, the last of which gives $c=d$ which is bad.
$X/b \le 2$ gives contradiction with $X/b > X/a$.
$X/a=1$ is impossible as $X/b, X/c, X/d=0$ so we have exhausted all solutions.
Thus, our solutions are: $(X/a, X/b, X/c, X/d)=(1, 2, 3, 6), (2, 4, 5, 20), (2, 4, 6, 12), (2, 3, 7,42), (2, 3, 8, 24), (2, 3, 9, 18), (2, 3, 10, 15)$ for which $(2,4,6,12)$ doesn't work because it doesn't give $X$ as the LCM.
These solutions correspond to: $$\boxed{(a,b,c,d)= (6k, 3k, 2k, k),(10k, 5k, 4k, k), (21k, 14k, 6k, k), (12k, 8k, 3k, k), (9k, 6k, 2k, k), (15k, 10k, 3k, 2k)}$$ for $k\in\mathbb{Z}^+$
If $k=4$ then $X/a=X/b=X/c=X/d=1$ so $a=b=c=d$ so they are not distinct, contradiction.
If $k=3$ then WLOG $X/a=X/b=1$, $X/c=X/d=2$ so $a=b$ which is also bad.
If $k=2$ then $X/a\le 2$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/a}+\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{4}{3} < 2$.
If $X/a=2$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{3}{2}$ where $X/b \le 2$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le 1 < \dfrac{3}{2}$. However this contradicts $X/a < X/b$ so no solutions.
Then we must have $X/a=1$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=1$ where $X/b \le 3$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{3}{4} < 1$.
If $X/b=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{2}{3}$ implies $2X/c\cdot X/d  3X/c3X/d =0 $implies $(2X/c3)(2X/d3)=9$ which has the solutions $X/c=2, X/d=6$ which doesn't work as $X/b > X/c$ or $X/c=X/d=3$ which doesn't work as $c=d$.
Thus $X/b=2$ which gives $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{2}$ implies $(X/c2)(X/d2)=4$ which has solutions $(X/c, X/d)=(3, 6), (4,4)$ and the last solution doesn't work since $c=d$.
Finally $X/b \le 1$ doesn't work as $a=b$.
$k=1$ is the interesting and tedious case. WLOG $X/a\le X/b\le X/c\le X/d$, then $X/a\le 4$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/a}+\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{4}{5} < 1$. If $X/a=4$ then $X/b=X/c=X/d=4$ which is bad because nondistinct.
If $X/a=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{2}{3}$, for which $X/b\le 4$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = \dfrac{3}{5} < \dfrac{2}{3}$.
If $X/b = 4$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = 5/12$ and so $5\cdot X/c\cdot X/d 12X/c12X/d =0$ implies $ (5X/c12)(5X/d12)=144$ and after bashing factors (eww) the only solutions are $5X/c12=3,5X/d12=48$ and $5X/c12=8, 5X/d12=18$ for which $X/c=3$ and $X/d=12$ which doesn't work as $X/a=X/c$, or $X/c=4$ and $X/d=6$ which also doesn't work as $X/b=X/c$.
If $X/b=3$ then $a=b$ which doesn't work, and if $X/b < 3$ then $X/b < X/a$ which defies the condition.
Thus $X/a=2$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{2}$ for which $X/b \le 6$, else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{3}{7} < \dfrac{1}{2}$.
If $X/b=6$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = 1/3 $implies $X/c\cdot X/d 3X/c3X/d=0 $implies $(X/c3)(X/d3)=9$ which has the solutions $X/c3=1$, $X/d3=9$ which gives $X/c=4$, $X/d=12$ which doesn't work as $X/c < X/b$ or $X/c3=3$, $X/d3=3$ which doesn't work as $c=d$.
If $X/b=5$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{3}{10}$ implies $3\cdot X/c\cdot X/d  10X/c10X/d=0$ implies $(3X/c10)(3X/d10)=100$ which only has the solutions $3X/c10 =2, 3X/d10 = 50$ or $X/c=4$ and $X/d=20$ which doesn't contradicts $X/b < X/c$; and $3X/c10=5, 3X/d10=20$ which gives $X/c=5$ and $X/d=10$ which gives $b=c$ which doesn't work.
If $X/b=4$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{4}$ so $(X/c4)(X/d4)=16$ which has solutions $(X/c,X/d)=(5,20), (6, 12), (8,8)$ the last which gives $c=d$ which is bad.
If $X/b=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{6}$ so $(X/c6)(X/d6)=36$ which has solutions $(X/c, X/d)=(7,42), (8,24), (9, 18), (10, 15), (12, 12)$, the last of which gives $c=d$ which is bad.
$X/b \le 2$ gives contradiction with $X/b > X/a$.
$X/a=1$ is impossible as $X/b, X/c, X/d=0$ so we have exhausted all solutions.
Thus, our solutions are: $(X/a, X/b, X/c, X/d)=(1, 2, 3, 6), (2, 4, 5, 20), (2, 4, 6, 12), (2, 3, 7,42), (2, 3, 8, 24), (2, 3, 9, 18), (2, 3, 10, 15)$ for which $(2,4,6,12)$ doesn't work because it doesn't give $X$ as the LCM.
These solutions correspond to: $$\boxed{(a,b,c,d)= (6k, 3k, 2k, k),(10k, 5k, 4k, k), (21k, 14k, 6k, k), (12k, 8k, 3k, k), (9k, 6k, 2k, k), (15k, 10k, 3k, 2k)}$$ for $k\in\mathbb{Z}^+$
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Re: BDMO national 2016, junior 10
Frankly, my dear, did you type this whole solution?! Great patience indeed, man!ahmedittihad wrote:Note that this is equivalent to $a,b,c,d\mid a+b+c+d$ or $\text{lcm}(a,b,c,d)\mid a+b+c+d$. Letting $\text{lcm}(a,b,c,d)=X$, we want, $\dfrac{a}{X}+\dfrac{b}{X}+\dfrac{c}{X}+\dfrac{d}{X}=\dfrac{1}{X/a}+\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=k\in\mathbb{Z}^+$. The denominators are all integers so we have only four cases: $k=1, 2, 3, 4$ and this becomes a classic Diophantine problem...
If $k=4$ then $X/a=X/b=X/c=X/d=1$ so $a=b=c=d$ so they are not distinct, contradiction.
If $k=3$ then WLOG $X/a=X/b=1$, $X/c=X/d=2$ so $a=b$ which is also bad.
If $k=2$ then $X/a\le 2$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/a}+\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{4}{3} < 2$.
If $X/a=2$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{3}{2}$ where $X/b \le 2$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le 1 < \dfrac{3}{2}$. However this contradicts $X/a < X/b$ so no solutions.
Then we must have $X/a=1$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=1$ where $X/b \le 3$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{3}{4} < 1$.
If $X/b=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{2}{3}$ implies $2X/c\cdot X/d  3X/c3X/d =0 $implies $(2X/c3)(2X/d3)=9$ which has the solutions $X/c=2, X/d=6$ which doesn't work as $X/b > X/c$ or $X/c=X/d=3$ which doesn't work as $c=d$.
Thus $X/b=2$ which gives $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{2}$ implies $(X/c2)(X/d2)=4$ which has solutions $(X/c, X/d)=(3, 6), (4,4)$ and the last solution doesn't work since $c=d$.
Finally $X/b \le 1$ doesn't work as $a=b$.
$k=1$ is the interesting and tedious case. WLOG $X/a\le X/b\le X/c\le X/d$, then $X/a\le 4$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/a}+\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{4}{5} < 1$. If $X/a=4$ then $X/b=X/c=X/d=4$ which is bad because nondistinct.
If $X/a=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{2}{3}$, for which $X/b\le 4$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = \dfrac{3}{5} < \dfrac{2}{3}$.
If $X/b = 4$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = 5/12$ and so $5\cdot X/c\cdot X/d 12X/c12X/d =0$ implies $ (5X/c12)(5X/d12)=144$ and after bashing factors (eww) the only solutions are $5X/c12=3,5X/d12=48$ and $5X/c12=8, 5X/d12=18$ for which $X/c=3$ and $X/d=12$ which doesn't work as $X/a=X/c$, or $X/c=4$ and $X/d=6$ which also doesn't work as $X/b=X/c$.
If $X/b=3$ then $a=b$ which doesn't work, and if $X/b < 3$ then $X/b < X/a$ which defies the condition.
Thus $X/a=2$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{2}$ for which $X/b \le 6$, else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{3}{7} < \dfrac{1}{2}$.
If $X/b=6$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = 1/3 $implies $X/c\cdot X/d 3X/c3X/d=0 $implies $(X/c3)(X/d3)=9$ which has the solutions $X/c3=1$, $X/d3=9$ which gives $X/c=4$, $X/d=12$ which doesn't work as $X/c < X/b$ or $X/c3=3$, $X/d3=3$ which doesn't work as $c=d$.
If $X/b=5$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{3}{10}$ implies $3\cdot X/c\cdot X/d  10X/c10X/d=0$ implies $(3X/c10)(3X/d10)=100$ which only has the solutions $3X/c10 =2, 3X/d10 = 50$ or $X/c=4$ and $X/d=20$ which doesn't contradicts $X/b < X/c$; and $3X/c10=5, 3X/d10=20$ which gives $X/c=5$ and $X/d=10$ which gives $b=c$ which doesn't work.
If $X/b=4$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{4}$ so $(X/c4)(X/d4)=16$ which has solutions $(X/c,X/d)=(5,20), (6, 12), (8,8)$ the last which gives $c=d$ which is bad.
If $X/b=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{6}$ so $(X/c6)(X/d6)=36$ which has solutions $(X/c, X/d)=(7,42), (8,24), (9, 18), (10, 15), (12, 12)$, the last of which gives $c=d$ which is bad.
$X/b \le 2$ gives contradiction with $X/b > X/a$.
$X/a=1$ is impossible as $X/b, X/c, X/d=0$ so we have exhausted all solutions.
Thus, our solutions are: $(X/a, X/b, X/c, X/d)=(1, 2, 3, 6), (2, 4, 5, 20), (2, 4, 6, 12), (2, 3, 7,42), (2, 3, 8, 24), (2, 3, 9, 18), (2, 3, 10, 15)$ for which $(2,4,6,12)$ doesn't work because it doesn't give $X$ as the LCM.
These solutions correspond to: $$\boxed{(a,b,c,d)= (6k, 3k, 2k, k),(10k, 5k, 4k, k), (21k, 14k, 6k, k), (12k, 8k, 3k, k), (9k, 6k, 2k, k), (15k, 10k, 3k, 2k)}$$ for $k\in\mathbb{Z}^+$
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Re: BDMO national 2016, junior 10
Thanks that you took your time and wrote down the whole solution. A question, how long did it take?ahmedittihad wrote:Note that this is equivalent to $a,b,c,d\mid a+b+c+d$ or $\text{lcm}(a,b,c,d)\mid a+b+c+d$. Letting $\text{lcm}(a,b,c,d)=X$, we want, $\dfrac{a}{X}+\dfrac{b}{X}+\dfrac{c}{X}+\dfrac{d}{X}=\dfrac{1}{X/a}+\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=k\in\mathbb{Z}^+$. The denominators are all integers so we have only four cases: $k=1, 2, 3, 4$ and this becomes a classic Diophantine problem...
If $k=4$ then $X/a=X/b=X/c=X/d=1$ so $a=b=c=d$ so they are not distinct, contradiction.
If $k=3$ then WLOG $X/a=X/b=1$, $X/c=X/d=2$ so $a=b$ which is also bad.
If $k=2$ then $X/a\le 2$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/a}+\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{4}{3} < 2$.
If $X/a=2$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{3}{2}$ where $X/b \le 2$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le 1 < \dfrac{3}{2}$. However this contradicts $X/a < X/b$ so no solutions.
Then we must have $X/a=1$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=1$ where $X/b \le 3$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{3}{4} < 1$.
If $X/b=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{2}{3}$ implies $2X/c\cdot X/d  3X/c3X/d =0 $implies $(2X/c3)(2X/d3)=9$ which has the solutions $X/c=2, X/d=6$ which doesn't work as $X/b > X/c$ or $X/c=X/d=3$ which doesn't work as $c=d$.
Thus $X/b=2$ which gives $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{2}$ implies $(X/c2)(X/d2)=4$ which has solutions $(X/c, X/d)=(3, 6), (4,4)$ and the last solution doesn't work since $c=d$.
Finally $X/b \le 1$ doesn't work as $a=b$.
$k=1$ is the interesting and tedious case. WLOG $X/a\le X/b\le X/c\le X/d$, then $X/a\le 4$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/a}+\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{4}{5} < 1$. If $X/a=4$ then $X/b=X/c=X/d=4$ which is bad because nondistinct.
If $X/a=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{2}{3}$, for which $X/b\le 4$ else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = \dfrac{3}{5} < \dfrac{2}{3}$.
If $X/b = 4$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = 5/12$ and so $5\cdot X/c\cdot X/d 12X/c12X/d =0$ implies $ (5X/c12)(5X/d12)=144$ and after bashing factors (eww) the only solutions are $5X/c12=3,5X/d12=48$ and $5X/c12=8, 5X/d12=18$ for which $X/c=3$ and $X/d=12$ which doesn't work as $X/a=X/c$, or $X/c=4$ and $X/d=6$ which also doesn't work as $X/b=X/c$.
If $X/b=3$ then $a=b$ which doesn't work, and if $X/b < 3$ then $X/b < X/a$ which defies the condition.
Thus $X/a=2$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{2}$ for which $X/b \le 6$, else $\dfrac{1}{X/b}+\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} \le \dfrac{3}{7} < \dfrac{1}{2}$.
If $X/b=6$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d} = 1/3 $implies $X/c\cdot X/d 3X/c3X/d=0 $implies $(X/c3)(X/d3)=9$ which has the solutions $X/c3=1$, $X/d3=9$ which gives $X/c=4$, $X/d=12$ which doesn't work as $X/c < X/b$ or $X/c3=3$, $X/d3=3$ which doesn't work as $c=d$.
If $X/b=5$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{3}{10}$ implies $3\cdot X/c\cdot X/d  10X/c10X/d=0$ implies $(3X/c10)(3X/d10)=100$ which only has the solutions $3X/c10 =2, 3X/d10 = 50$ or $X/c=4$ and $X/d=20$ which doesn't contradicts $X/b < X/c$; and $3X/c10=5, 3X/d10=20$ which gives $X/c=5$ and $X/d=10$ which gives $b=c$ which doesn't work.
If $X/b=4$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{4}$ so $(X/c4)(X/d4)=16$ which has solutions $(X/c,X/d)=(5,20), (6, 12), (8,8)$ the last which gives $c=d$ which is bad.
If $X/b=3$ then $\dfrac{1}{X/c}+\dfrac{1}{X/d}=\dfrac{1}{6}$ so $(X/c6)(X/d6)=36$ which has solutions $(X/c, X/d)=(7,42), (8,24), (9, 18), (10, 15), (12, 12)$, the last of which gives $c=d$ which is bad.
$X/b \le 2$ gives contradiction with $X/b > X/a$.
$X/a=1$ is impossible as $X/b, X/c, X/d=0$ so we have exhausted all solutions.
Thus, our solutions are: $(X/a, X/b, X/c, X/d)=(1, 2, 3, 6), (2, 4, 5, 20), (2, 4, 6, 12), (2, 3, 7,42), (2, 3, 8, 24), (2, 3, 9, 18), (2, 3, 10, 15)$ for which $(2,4,6,12)$ doesn't work because it doesn't give $X$ as the LCM.
These solutions correspond to: $$\boxed{(a,b,c,d)= (6k, 3k, 2k, k),(10k, 5k, 4k, k), (21k, 14k, 6k, k), (12k, 8k, 3k, k), (9k, 6k, 2k, k), (15k, 10k, 3k, 2k)}$$ for $k\in\mathbb{Z}^+$
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Re: BDMO national 2016, junior 10
I knew this problem was pretty much bland and disgusting. So, I just copied the solution from AOPS. Just copying took me 15 minutes. Allah knows how much time it took for the person to write.
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
Re: BDMO national 2016, junior 10
Cheekyahmedittihad wrote:I knew this problem was pretty much bland and disgusting. So, I just copied the solution from AOPS. Just copying took me 15 minutes. Allah knows how much time it took for the person to write.
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Re: BDMO national 2016, junior 10
Haha! It may be a well known NT problem. So sad that in bdmo national 2016 Junior Category's some problems(especially, The art gallery problem) were given from various well known resources.ahmedittihad wrote:I knew this problem was pretty much bland and disgusting. So, I just copied the solution from AOPS. Just copying took me 15 minutes. Allah knows how much time it took for the person to write.
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