# The Proof is Trivial!

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I noticed that the mathematics forum is currently lacking a thread where people can post interesting and challenging problems for fellow mathematicians to ponder, so here it is.

Please don't post here for queries on A level or STEP questions, as they each have their respective threads. The level of the questions can of course vary, but they should be fun, interesting, and most importantly solvable! Please don't post questions that you're not able or willing to provide solutions to. Questions that require knowledge of graduate level theorems won't be of interest to most of us, so keep the level reasonable.

Use the following format for problems and solutions:

(example)

(Original post by User A)

Problem 0*

Show that for any there exist consecutive integers such that none of them are prime.
(Original post by User B)

Solution 0

To avoid posts such as "what do I need to know to solve this?", use one of the following tags with your question (see above):

* = requires only A-level knowledge
** = may require a little extra (induction, L'hôpital's etc.)

(the stars do not reflect the difficulty of the question)

Please LaTex all problems and solutions, and remember to spoiler any hints.

Problem 1 · Solution (electriic_ink)
Problem 2 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
Problem 4 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
Problem 5 · Solution (Felix Felicis)
Problem 7 · Solution (j.alexanderh)
Problem 8 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
Problem 9 · Solution (Noble.)
Problem 10 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
Problem 11 · Solution (Smaug123)
Problem 12 · Solution (und) · Solution 2 (LLewellyn)
Problem 13 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
Problem 14 · Solution (Noble.) · Solution 2 (metaltron) · Solution 3 (Hasufel)
Problem 15 · Solution (_Izzy)
Problem 16 · Solution (Farhan.Hanif93)
Problem 17 · Solution (und)
Problem 18 · Solution (Smaug123)
Problem 19 · Solution (und)
Problem 20 · Solution (Felix Felicis)
Problem 21 · Solution (und)
Problem 22 · Solution (und)
Problem 27 · Solution to first part (Star-girl)
Problem 28 · Solution (Felix Felicis)
Problem 29 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
Problem 30 · Solution (und)
Problem 31 · Solution (Upper Echelons)
Problem 32 · Solution (Felix Felicis)
Problem 33 · Solutions 1 & 2 (Lord of the Flies) · Solution 3 (Star-girl) Solution 4 (Felix Felicis)
Problem 34 · Solution (DJMayes) · Solution 2 (metaltron)
Problem 35 · Solution (Felix Felicis)
Problem 36 · Solution (Felix Felicis)
Problem 37 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
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Problem 42 · Solution (Noble.)
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Problem 50 · Solution (Star-girl) · Solution 2 (DJMayes) · Solution 3 (und)
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Problem 52 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
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Problem 55 · Solution (Llewellyn)
Problem 56 · Solution (Felix Felicis)
Problem 57 · Solution (Farhan.Hanif93)
Problem 58 · Solution (bananarama2)
Problem 60 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
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Problem 63 · Solution (bananarama2)
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Problem 69 · Solution (Mladenov) · Solution 2 (ben-smith)
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Problem 72 · Solution (Indeterminate)
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Problem 76 · Solution (Mladenov) · Solution 2 (Jkn) · Solution 3 (Jkn) · Solution 4 (Jkn)
Problem 80 · Solution (Lord of the Flies) · Solution 2 (Jkn) · Solution 3 (Zephyr1011)
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Problem 85 · Solution (Jkn)
Problem 86 · Solution (Jkn) · Solution 2 (james22)
Problem 87 · Solution (MW24595)
Problem 88 · Solution (Mladenov) · Solution 2 (Zephyr1011) · Solution 3 (Jkn)
Problem 90 · Solution (metaltron) · Solution to second part (Jkn)
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Problem 92 · Solution (Lord of the Flies) · Solution 2 (Jkn)
Problem 94 · Solution (Zephyr1011) · Solution 2 (Lord of the Flies)
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Problem 103 · Solution (ben-smith) · Solution 2 (Lord of the Flies)
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Problem 108 · Solution (und) · Solution 2 (Lord of the Flies)
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Problem 110 · Solution (FireGarden)
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Problem 130 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
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Problem 132 · Solution (Felix Felicis) · Solution 2 (ben-smith)
Problem 133 · Solution (Felix Felicis) · Solution 2 (Mladenov)
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Problem 137 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
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Problem 139 · Solution (Mladenov) · Extension · Solution to extension (Mladenov)
Problem 140 · Solution (Felix Felicis) · Solution 2 (Lord of the Flies) · Solution 3 (Mladenov)
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Problem 155
(cont. in post 2)

(N.B. If a solution has been posted but you wish to add your own contribution, please feel free; both will be linked to in this post.)
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Problem 156 · Solution (Mladenov) · Solution 2 (ben-smith) · Solution 3 (Jkn)
Problem 157 · Solution (Mladenov) · Solution 2 (Lord of the Flies)
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Problem 171 · Solution 1 (DJMayes) · Solution 2 (Zakee)
Problem 172 · Solution to first part (DJMayes) · Solution to second part (Zakee)
Problem 173 · Solution (Lord of the Flies)
Problem 174 · Solution (Felix Felicis) · Solution 2 (Jkn)
Problem 175 · Solution (Felix Felicis) Solution 2 (DJMayes)
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Problem 230 · Solution (Lord of the Flies) · Solution 2 (ukdragon37)
Problem 231 · Solution (Mladenov) · Solution 2 (Jkn)
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Problem 236 · Solution (The Polymath) · Solution 2 (henpen)
Problem 237 · Solution (Felix Felicis)
Problem 238 · Solution (The Polymath)
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Problem 241 · Solution (TheMagicMan) · Solution 2 (Jkn)
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Problem 246 · Solution (Mladenov) · Solution 2 (Lord of the Flies)
Problem 247 · Solution (FireGarden)
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Problem 250 · Solution (Mladenov) · Solution 2 (Blutooth)
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(N.B. If a solution has been posted but you wish to add your own contribution, please feel free; both will be linked to in this post.)

Problem 1*

Prove that if the function is continuous on and for any continuous function , then on .
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8 years ago
#3
(Original post by und)
Problem 1*

Prove that if the function is continuous on and for any continuous function , then on .
Solution 1 (attempt)

Spoiler:
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Suppose f is non-zero and satisfies the relation. Then f^2 is non-negative and is strictly positive on some open subinterval of [a, b] (by continuity). So the integral of f^2 is positive, which contradicts "integral of fg = 0" (take g=f).
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8 years ago
#4
I'll the post the next problem. Undergraduates will probably find it pretty easy and it can be done with GCSE knowledge.

Problem 2*

Define a function f:R → R using the following rule:

"For any x,y∈R, f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)"

Show that, if f is non-zero:

(a) f(0)=1
(b) f(x)=0 has no solutions
(c) f(-x)=1/f(x)
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8 years ago
#5
Solution 2

. Suppose has a solution then , contradiction. Set
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8 years ago
#6
Problem 3*

Show that for positive integers

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8 years ago
#7
I'm getting too old for this

Spoiler:
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This is the subscribing post, of course
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8 years ago
#8
solution 2

f(x + 0) = f(x)f(0)

f(x) = f(x)f(0)

=> f(0) = 1
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8 years ago
#9
Problem 4*

If N is any perfect power of 2 (i.e. N=2^n for some integer n) then there is no number, M, formed by permutating the digits of N, which is also a perfect power of 2.
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8 years ago
#10
(Original post by und)
Problem 1*

Prove that if the function is continuous on and for any continuous function , then on .
That's not true, otherwise there would not exist non-trivial orthogonal functions. For a concrete example;

even though all the criteria specified hold here.

EDIT: In fact, we don't even need to look to orthogonal functions. Take to be either odd or even, then choose to be of opposite parity. Then the product is odd. Take the interval and the integral of shall be zero as it is odd, and integrated over symmetric limits.
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#11
(Original post by FireGarden)
That's not true, otherwise there would not exist non-trivial orthogonal functions. For a concrete example;

even though all the criteria specified hold here.
For any continuous function g, not just one example of your choice.
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8 years ago
#12
Problem 5** De Moivre's Theorem

By considering the real and imaginary parts of:

Prove that
and that

Show also that:

Where

Derive another expression for:
Where
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8 years ago
#13
(Original post by ghostwalker)
It's not true, in general.
Are you sure?
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#14
(Original post by joostan)
5**

By considering the real and imaginary parts of:

Prove that
and that
This doesn't seem particularly fun, interesting or challenging. It looks like it's straight out of a standard A level textbook exercise!
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8 years ago
#15
(Original post by und)
This doesn't seem particularly fun, interesting or challenging. It looks like it's straight out of a standard A level textbook exercise!
I'm typing up the second part of the problem. I accidentally submitted before I finished.
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8 years ago
#16
(Original post by Mr M)
Are you sure?
Oops! Had +'s under the root signs, rather than -'s.

Thanks for spotting my error.
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#17
(Original post by joostan)
I'm typing up the second part of the problem. I accidentally submitted before I finished.
Is that a STEP question?
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8 years ago
#18
(Original post by und)
Is that a STEP question?
Not as far as I'm aware . . . It's derived from a textbook for Physics and Engineering, but is manageable with a hint for STEP candidates.
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8 years ago
#19
Solution 4

Suppose their exist distinct integers n, m such that 2^n and 2^m satisfy the desired property. Then:

(a number is always congruent to its digit sum mod 9)

However, this implies n = 6k+m which in turn implies that 2^n and 2^m cannot have the same number of digits. Hence no such n, m exist.
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8 years ago
#20
As expected, the problems I'm interested in are more quaint than the usual Here's one that's strange but rather easy once you get it.

Problem 6**/***

Let where we define for all , . For any set we write to denote the smallest member of such that for all . (Hence .)

Let be a function such that:

• For all m, n, .
• For all , we have .

Show that the value F given by satisfies and is the smallest member of to do so.

EDIT: Right I see where people are getting confused. is not a variable - it is actually an element in addition to the naturals that is defined to be greater than or equal to all of them. See it as an element representing "infinity".
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