# Difference between revisions of "2015 USAMO Problems/Problem 1"

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===Problem=== | ===Problem=== | ||

− | + | Solve in integers the equation | |

+ | <cmath> x^2+xy+y^2 = \left(\frac{x+y}{3}+1\right)^3. </cmath> | ||

+ | ===Solution=== | ||

+ | We first notice that both sides must be integers, so <math>\frac{x+y}{3}</math> must be an integer. | ||

+ | |||

+ | We can therefore perform the substitution <math>x+y = 3t</math> where <math>t</math> is an integer. | ||

+ | |||

+ | Then: | ||

+ | |||

+ | <math>(3t)^2 - xy = (t+1)^3</math> | ||

− | === | + | <math>9t^2 + x (x - 3t) = t^3 + 3t^2 + 3t + 1</math> |

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+ | <math>4x^2 - 12xt + 9t^2 = 4t^3 - 15t^2 + 12t + 4</math> | ||

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+ | <math>(2x - 3t)^2 = (t - 2)^2(4t + 1)</math> | ||

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+ | <math>4t+1</math> is therefore the square of an odd integer and can be replaced with <math>(2n+1)^2 = 4n^2 + 4n +1</math> | ||

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+ | By substituting using <math>t = n^2 + n</math> we get: | ||

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+ | <math>(2x - 3n^2 - 3n)^2 = [(n^2 + n - 2)(2n+1)]^2</math> | ||

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+ | <math>2x - 3n^2 - 3n = \pm (2n^3 + 3n^2 -3n -2)</math> | ||

− | + | <math>x = n^3 + 3n^2 - 1</math> or <math>x = n^3 + 3n - 1</math> | |

− | + | Using substitution we get the solutions: <math>(n^3 + 3n^2 - 1, n^3 + 3n - 1) \cup (n^3 + 3n - 1, n^3 + 3n^2 - 1)</math> |

## Revision as of 12:10, 12 May 2015

### Problem

Solve in integers the equation

### Solution

We first notice that both sides must be integers, so must be an integer.

We can therefore perform the substitution where is an integer.

Then:

is therefore the square of an odd integer and can be replaced with

By substituting using we get:

or

Using substitution we get the solutions: