USAMTS Problem 1/3/12 


Find the smallest positive integer with the property that it has divisors ending with every decimal digit, i.e., divisors ending in 0, 1, 2, …, 9.


Let such a number be N. We will determine the prime factors of N


Since any number ending in a 0 is a multiple of 10, and N is a multiple of this number, N must be a multiple of 10.


Thus 5 and 2 must be factors of N. 


We now do not have to worry about 1, 2, and 5 (and 0) if the above condition is met.


Now let us check for the numbers which are prime to 10. These numbers are 3, 7, and 9.


(N/10) must have a divisor, of the form “a” ending in 3 (a  3 (mod 10)).

It must have another divisor, of the form “b” ending in 7  (b  7 (mod 10))  (Because a multiplied by 2 or 5 can not end in 7)

It must still have another divisor, of the form “c” ending in 9 (Again neither a nor b can end in 7 when multiplied by 2 or 5)


We will consider cases when (N/10) has 1, 2, ... distinct prime factors other than 2 and 5.


If (N/10) has only one distinct prime factor other than 2 and 5, it must be of the form p^3, to give 3 divisors of the form a, b, c (p, p2, p3).


If (N/10) has two distinct prime factors other than 2 and 5, they can be of the form q and r

(so that q, r and q · r are of the form a, b and c)  


The smallest possible value of p is 3. It does work. (32  9 (mod 10), and 33  7(mod 10)) to produce the divisors of the form a, b and c)


It is also easy to check that 2 · 3  6 (mod 10), 2 · 32  8(mod 10), 2 · 33  4 (mod 10)


For the case where (N/10) has 2 distinct prime factors (other than 2 and 5), the smallest case which works is 3 · 19 which is larger than 33.  For more than 3 distinct primes (N/10) will be larger than 33.  Thus the above case is the smallest possible number.


N = 2 · 5 · 33 = 270


(One can check that it is divisible by 1, 2, 3, 54, 5, 6, 27, 18, 9 and 10)
USAMTS Problem 2/3/12 


Assume that the irreducible fractions between 0 and 1, with denominators at most 99, are listed in ascending order.  Determine which two fractions are adjacent to  in this listing.



Let us call the two adjacent fractions .


We define “adjacent” and by adjacent we mean that there are no fractions of the type  (x and y are integers, and  ) in the range  and .

Since , we can say both a and c are less than 24.


If we take the reciprocal of all the fractions in the given set, then the same corresponding fractions will be adjacent, but in the opposite order. This gives us 




a and c both less than 24.


(These are “adjacent” if and only if the original fractions are adjacent)






, (  )


, (  )




, and these fractions are “adjacent”, with c and a are less than 24.
We can use the same method again for our new set of fractions:




We can take the reciprocal of all our fractions again, getting

, b1 and d1 are both less than 13, and the fractions are adjacent.



Now we have:



, (  )


, (  )




, b1 and d1 are both less than 13, and the fractions are adjacent.


Thus it is easy to see,


,                                                 and .







, and :


,  are  “adjacent” (for denominators less than or equal to 99).

USAMTS Problem 3/3/12 


Let  have roots .  Let .  Determine the product .


First, we note that an equation of the form  

with roots  can be written:

, or






From this we can say that, in our given equation  with roots ,



We are trying to find , that is,





We can find  (a is a number), because it is just


, or






We can also find  the same way:


, or





If we multiplied these last two results, (remember that  )

we would get







If we let , we get:





 = -23

USAMTS Problem 4/3/12 


Assume that each member of the sequence  is either a + sign or a  sign.  Determine the appropriate sequence of + and  signs so that


Also determine what sequence of signs is necessary if the sixes in the nested roots are replaced by sevens.  List all integers that work in the place of sixes and the sequences of signs that are needed with them.


First, we can square both sides:



1 must be a  sign because  denotes the positive square root of x.




We are back where we started, so the cycle will repeat and the i’s are all  signs.


In the case of seven, we have

1 must be a  sign.

2 must be a + sign.


Thus the cycle repeats, and our sequence is , +, , +, …

The number 4 will be subtracted from our number x in the nested roots during the first step.  This result will then be squared.  If , then when we subtract x again, we will get a number greater than 2, and as we square and subtract again and again, our number will get larger and larger, and will never come back to 2.

Thus we can write the inequality to find out what our possibilities for x are:



Now, we just need to test 2, 3, 4, and 5.  (We already know the correct sequences for 6 and 7.)


Test for 2:

1 must be a + sign.


The cycle repeats, the sequence is all +’s.


Test for 3:

1 must be a + sign.

2 must be a  sign.


Thus the cycle continues, and the sequence is +. , +, , …

Test for 4:



The cycle will repeat, and the left side will keep increasing, and never become 2.

4 does not work.


Test for 5:


The cycle will repeat, and the left side will keep increasing, and never become 2.

5 does not work.


So, the only values that work for x in the equation


are 2, 3, 6, and 7.

The sequence of + and  signs for each of them is:

2: all + signs

3: +, . +, , …

6: all  signs

7: , +, , +, …

USAMTS Problem 5/3/12 


Three isosceles right triangles are

erected from the larger side of a rectangle

into the interior of the rectangle, as show

 on the right, where M is the midpoint of

 that side.  Give circles are inscribed

 tangent to some of the sides and to one

 another as shown.  One of the circles

 touches the vertex of the largest triangle.

Find the rations among the radii of the

five circles.


(1)  First, we show the ratio of the length of a leg s of an isosceles right triangle to the

length of a radius of an inscribed circle.  The length of an altitude drawn to the hypotenuse of our triangle is equal to the length of the radius r plus the length of a diagonal of a square with a side length of r:   .  (See Fig. 1)

Thus we get the equation: 



         Figure 1




(2)  We also will find the distance between the points

of tangency S and T of two tangent circles  and

 on a common external tangent  in terms

of their radii  and .  (See Fig. 2)  If we draw

a segment  perpendicular to , it will

have the same length as  because  

and  are parallel.   This forms a right triangle,

Figure 2

 with hypotenuse of length  and a leg of

length .  Now we can use the Pythagorean Theorem to

find our missing side :








We label our figure as

Shown on the right.  Circles

C1 and C2 are congruent

because of symmetry, as are

circles C3 and C4.  We will

define the radius of circle C1

as 1, and call the radius of

C5  a and the radius of C3  b.

Distance AG is l, and AM is m.

We extend  so that it meets

 at E

Since  is an isosceles right triangle, we can use (1) to get








 is an isosceles right triangle because  both measure 45°, and  is right.








C3 is inscribed in , so we can now find b in terms of a:




C3 and C5 are tangent, so now, using (2), we can write an equation to find a.



 (since )