# Challenge Math Challenge - August 2019

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#### fresh_42

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Summary
1. - 2. posed and moderated by @QuantumQuest
3. - 8. posed and moderated by @Math_QED
9. - 10. posed and moderated by @fresh_42

keywords: calculus, abstract algebra, measure theory, mechanics, dynamical systems
Questions

1.
(solved by @Pi-is-3 )The maximum value of $f$ with $f(x) = x^a e^{2a - x}$ is minimal for which values of positive numbers $a$ ?

2. (solved by @KnotTheorist ) Find the equation of a curve such that $y''$ is always $2$ and the slope of the tangent line is $10$ at the point $(2,6)$.

3. (solved by @nuuskur ) Let $F_q$ be the finite field with $q$ elements and $n \geq 1$ with $(n,q)=1$. What is the smallest field extension of $F_q$ containing an $n$-th root of unity?

4. (solved by @nuuskur ) Show that there is no infinite countable $\sigma$-algebra.

5. (solved by @nuuskur ) Classify all groups of order $6,8,$ and $12$.

6. (solved by @nuuskur ) Let $G$ be a group of order $2m$ with $m>1$ an odd number. Show that $G$ is not simple, i.e. has at least one non trivial normal subgroup.

7. (a) (solved by @nuuskur ) Show that a group $G$ is abelian if and only the map $g \mapsto g^{-1}$ is a group homomorphism.
7. (b) (solved by @nuuskur ) Suppose that $G$ is a finite group and that we have $\sigma \in \operatorname{Aut}(G)$ with the neutral element $e$ as unique fixed point. If $\sigma^2=\operatorname{id}_G$, prove that $G$ is abelian.
Hint: Prove that every element of $G$ can be written in the form $x^{-1} \sigma(x)$ and apply $\sigma$ to such an expression.
(Credits will only be given for solving both subquestions.)

8. (solved by @Pi-is-3 ) Show that there is no triple $(a,b,c) \in \mathbb{Z}^3\setminus \{(0,0,0)\}$ such that $a^2 + b^2 = 3 c^2$.
Hint: Find all squares in $\mathbb{Z}/4\mathbb{Z}$.

9. (solved by @nuuskur ) Three identical airplanes start at the same time at the vertices of an equilateral triangle with side length $L$. Let's say the origin of our coordinate system is the center of the triangle. The planes fly at a constant speed $v$ above ground in the direction of the clockwise next airplane. How long will it take for the planes to reach the same point, and which are the flight paths?

10. (solved by @nuuskur ) The Schwarzian derivative of a holomorphic function $f$ is given by
$$S_f(z)=\{\,f,z\,\} := \dfrac{d}{dz}\left( \dfrac{f^{''}(z)}{f^{'} (z)} \right)-\dfrac{1}{2} \left( \dfrac{f^{''}(z)}{f^{'}(z)} \right)^2= \dfrac{f^{'''}(z)}{f^{'} (z)}- \dfrac{3}{2} \left( \dfrac{f^{''}(z)}{f^{'}(z)} \right)^2$$
Prove a chain rule for the Schwarzian derivative and show that
$$\{\,f,z\,\} <0 \,\wedge \,\{\,h,z\,\}<0 \Longrightarrow \{\,f\circ h,z\,\}<0$$
Schwarzian derivatives are used in dynamical systems to investigate attractors, in flows of surfaces, or in the theory of Schwarz-Christoffel mappings. 11. (solved by @archaic ) Show geometrically that $\sin^{-1}(\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^2 + 1}}) = \tan^{-1} x$ for $x \geq 0$.

12. (solved by @archaic and @Pi-is-3 ) Give an example of a continuous function $f(x)$ on $[0,1]$ for which the conclusion of Rolle's theorem fails.
Rolle's theorem: If $f$ is differentiable on $(0,1)$ and $f(0)=f(1)$ then there is a point $c\in (0,1)$ such that $f'(c)=0$.

13. (solved by @etotheipi ) David drives to work every working day by car. Outside towns he drives at an average speed of $180\,\text{km/h}$. On the
$10\,\text{km}$ in town, he drives at an average speed of $40\,\text{km/h}$. As a result, he is often too fast and gets a ticket. Meanwhile he has realized that things can not go on like this and he decides to reduce his average speed by $20\,\text{km/h}$ in town as well as outside. How long is his way to work, if this reduces his average speed by $40\,\text{km/h}$ on total?

14. Show that $2x^6+3y^6=z^3$ has no other rational solutions than $x=y=z=0\,.$

15. Let $x,yz \in \mathbb{R}-\{\,0\,\}$ such that
$$x+\dfrac{y}{z}=2\;\; , \;\;y+\dfrac{z}{x}=2\;\; , \;\;z+\dfrac{x}{y}=2$$
Show that $s:=x+y+z$ can only have the values $3$ or $7$.
You do not need to solve the equation system.

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#### hutchphd

On 13 do you really mean 180km/hr?

#### fresh_42

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On 13 do you really mean 180km/hr?
Yeah, a bit slow, but for the sake of the exercise it is ok. The problem neglects the acceleration and braking times.

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#### Pi-is-3

$f(x)=ax , a\ne 0$

#### Pi-is-3

I got the answer as $e^{-2}$

First, I took derivative of $x^a e^{2a-x}$ and equated it with 0, and got that maximum happens when x=a or when $f(a)=(ae)^a$ . This is ofcourse, not the maximum when a is an even number.

Then, have to find the minimum of $g(x)=(xe)^x$ for which we use the same procedure to get $a=e^{-2}$.

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#### KnotTheorist

We know y'' = 2, thus y' = 2x+c.
We know that y' = 10 at (2,6), thus 10 = 2(2)+c, producing y' = 2x+6.
Integrating again we get y = x2+6x + c.
If we choose c to be -16, we get that 2 is a root, so we need to shift up by 6. Thus we need c = -10
Thus y = x2+6x - 10.

• QuantumQuest

#### archaic The hypotenuse would be $\sqrt{x^2+1}$.
$$\theta=\arcsin{(\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^2+1}})}=\arctan{(\frac{x}{1})}$$

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#### KnotTheorist

$f(x)=ax , a\ne 0$
This function is strictly increasing or decreasing, thus it does not satisfy the condition that f(a) = f(b) for a≠b on the interval [0,1].

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#### Pi-is-3

This function is strictly increasing or decreasing, thus it does not satisfy the condition that f(a) = f(b) for a≠b on the interval [0,1].
Yeah. Sorry, for some reason I read that as f'(a)=f'(b).

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#### fresh_42

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Yeah. Sorry, for some reason I read that as f'(a)=f'(b).
Strictly speaking your solution was actually one in the sense that one condition is violated and thus the statement doesn't hold any longer.

The more interesting case however is, if $f(0)=f(1)$ holds and differentiability is violated while continuity still holds.

#### DEvens

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Strictly speaking your solution was actually one in the sense that one condition is violated and thus the statement doesn't hold any longer.

The more interesting case however is, if $f(0)=f(1)$ holds and differentiability is violated while continuity still holds.
Why is that a more interesting answer than $f(0)=f(1)$ failing? The theorem fails when one or more of its assumptions fails. I guess strictly speaking it may fail, since even if both inputs fail there might still be a place the derivative is zero.

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#### DEvens

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1. The maximum value of ff with f(x)=xae2a−xf(x)=xae2a−x is minimal for which values of positive numbers aa ?
Note that for even positive integer values of a, f(x) diverges, so they are not the answer.

Take the derivative of f(x) w.r.t. x. Get this.

f′(x)=e2a(axa−1−xa)e−xf′(x)=e2a(axa−1−xa)e−x

x = a and x=0 give f'(x) = 0. But x=0 will give an inflection point, not a max.

So x=a is the location of the max, and has value aaeaaaea

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#### Pi-is-3

Q8 is number theory $a^2+b^2=3c^2$

$\Rightarrow (a^2+b^2) (\text{mod 4})=3c^2 (\text{mod 4})$

$\Rightarrow (a^2+b^2+c^2) (\text{mod 4})=0$

since $k^2 (\text{mod 4})$ is either $1$ or $0,$ if k is an integer,

$\Rightarrow a=2^{l}x , b=2^{m}y$ and $c=2^{n}z$
Where $x,y,z$ are not even integers.

$\Rightarrow 2^{2l}x^2+2^{2m}y^2=2^{2n}(3z^2)$

W.L.O.G, we have 2 cases, $l \leq m,n$ or $n \leq l,m$

If $l \leq m,n,$
$\Rightarrow$ x is even, which is a contradiction.

If $n \leq l,m$
$\Rightarrow$ z is even, which is contradiction.

Hence their are no set of solutions in the set of integers except $(0,0,0)$

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#### Pi-is-3

$f(x)=e^{2\pi i x}$ #### archaic

$$f(x)=|x-\frac{1}{2}|$$

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#### archaic

I am not sure if you are just referring to the Real or Imaginary part of this function, but if the solution is what I am thinking of, I am just positively sure that you a making it too complicated.
I think this is meant for Pi-is-3, right?

#### Pi-is-3

I think this is meant for Pi-is-3, right?
Even I think that. He must have misquoted.

#### Pi-is-3

$$f(x)=|x-\frac{1}{2}|$$
It is not differentiable at $x=\frac{1}{2}$

#### Pi-is-3

I am not sure if you are just referring to the Real or Imaginary part of this function, but if the solution is what I am thinking of, I am just positively sure that you a making it too complicated.
I am neither referring to the real part, nor the imaginary part. I am taking it as a whole. My function is differentiable at all points, f(1)=f(0) and f'(x) is not 0 between 1 and 0.

#### archaic

It is not differentiable at $x=\frac{1}{2}$
Right, for some reason I was thinking of breaking the second assumption. Probably one should look at complex functions, I don't think there's a real function for which Rolle's theorem doesn't hold, since it's a theorem.

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#### Pi-is-3

Right, for some reason I was thinking of breaking the second assumption. Probably one should look at complex functions, I don't think there's a real function for which Rolle's theorem doesn't hold, since it's a theorem.
You are correct. It holds true for all real functions. It is a proved and standard result.

#### Math_QED

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$\Rightarrow 2^{2l}x^2+2^{2m}y^2=2^{2n}z^2$
How do you get this? Isn't there a factor $3$ missing on the right?

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#### Pi-is-3

How do you get this? Isn't there a factor $3$ missing on the right?
You're right . But that doesn't affect the solution luckily. That's because three is not an even number. If the question had 6 instead, then my solution would have been wrong. I got lucky.

#### Pi-is-3

How do you get this? Isn't there a factor $3$ missing on the right?
Most of my solution is correct, except I forgot to write 3 behind z. Should I retype it (it won't be very difficult, I will quote my answer, edit it and then remove the quote brackets at the end), or is it okay?

Edit: @Math_QED I have edited my answer. I have made an additional change, I messed up the inequality sign too. I have corrected the solution. I think it's correct now.

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#### Math_QED

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$\Rightarrow a=2^{l}x , b=2^{m}y$ and $c=2^{n}z$
Where $x,y,z$ are not even integers.
Here you should specify that $l,m,n$ are non-zero positive integers. This seems important for what follows.

In what follows, you distinguish between two cases. Can you explain why it is enough to consider WLOG only these two cases? (I see why it is sufficient, but other readers may wonder why this is enough).

Also explain how it follows that for example $x$ is even.

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