International Mathematics Competition for University Students

July 31 – August 6 2017, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria


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Day 1
    Problem 1
    Problem 2
    Problem 3
    Problem 4
    Problem 5

Day 2
    Problem 6
    Problem 7
    Problem 8
    Problem 9
    Problem 10


    Day 1 questions
    Day 1 solutions
    Day 2 questions
    Day 2 solutions
    Closing Ceremony

Official IMC site

Problems on Day 2

August 3, 2017

6. Let $f:[0;+\infty)\to \mathbb R$ be a continuous function such that $\lim\limits_{x\to +\infty} f(x)=L$ exists (it may be finite or infinite). Prove that $$ \lim\limits_{n\to\infty}\int\limits_0^{1}f(nx)\,\mathrm{d}x=L. $$

Proposed by: Alexandr Bolbot, Novosibirsk State University

  Hint    Solution  

7. Let $p(x)$ be a nonconstant polynomial with real coefficients. For every positive integer~$n$, let $$q_n(x) = (x+1)^np(x)+x^n p(x+1) .$$

Prove that there are only finitely many numbers $n$ such that all roots of $q_n(x)$ are real.

Proposed by: Alexandr Bolbot, Novosibirsk State University

  Hint    Solution  

8. Define the sequence $A_1,A_2,\ldots$ of matrices by the following recurrence: $$ A_1 = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \\ \end{pmatrix}, \quad A_{n+1} = \begin{pmatrix} A_n & I_{2^n} \\ I_{2^n} & A_n \\ \end{pmatrix} \quad (n=1,2,\ldots) $$ where $I_m$ is the $m\times m$ identity matrix.

Prove that $A_n$ has $n+1$ distinct integer eigenvalues $\lambda_0< \lambda_1<\ldots <\lambda_n$ with multiplicities $\binom{n}{0},\binom{n}{1},\ldots,\binom{n}{n}$, respectively.

Proposed by: Snježana Majstorović, University of J. J. Strossmayer in Osijek


9. Define the sequence $f_1,f_2,\ldots:[0,1)\to \RR$ of continuously differentiable functions by the following recurrence: $$ f_1=1; \qquad \quad f_{n+1}'=f_nf_{n+1} \quad\text{on $(0,1)$}, \quad \text{and}\quad f_{n+1}(0)=1. $$

Show that $\lim\limits_{n\to \infty}f_n(x)$ exists for every $x\in [0,1)$ and determine the limit function.

Proposed by: Tomáš Bárta, Charles University, Prague

  Hint    Solution  

10. Let $K$ be an equilateral triangle in the plane. Prove that for every $p>0$ there exists an $\varepsilon>0$ with the following property: If $n$ is a positive integer, and $T_1,\ldots,T_n$ are non-overlapping triangles inside $K$ such that each of them is homothetic to $K$ with a negative ratio, and $$ \sum_{\ell=1}^n \textrm{area}(T_\ell) > \textrm{area}(K)-\varepsilon, $$ then $$ \sum_{\ell=1}^n \textrm{perimeter}(T_\ell) > p. $$

Proposed by: Fedor Malyshev, Steklov Mathematical Institute and Ilya Bogdanov, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology