# System of Equations

• VietDao29

#### VietDao29

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Hi,
I just came across this problem some days ago, and I am tearing all my hair to solve it.   I am nearly bald now...  The problem asks to solve for 2 unknowns x, and y:
$$\left\{ \begin{array}{ccc} x ^ 2 + y ^ 2 & = & 1 \\ x ^ {2006} + y ^ {2006} & = & 1 \end{array} \right.$$

I know there should be two sets of roots:
$$\left\{ \begin{array}{ccc} x & = & 1 \\ y & = & 0 \end{array} \right. \quad \mbox{or} \quad \left\{ \begin{array}{ccc} x & = & 0 \\ y & = & 1 \end{array} \right.$$

So, I rearranged the first equation to: x2 = 1 - y2, and substituted this to the second equation, leaving me an equation of power 2004. :yuck: :yuck: I must be missing something really big. :grumpy:

I think there should be another easy way to solve the problem. Can anyone just give me a small crack at it?

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Subtract the two equations from each other, yielding:
$$x^{2}(1-x^{2004})+y^{2}(1-y^{2004})=0$$
What can you say about the signs of each term here, and what does that further imply?

Uhmmm... Let's see if I can get it correct
x2(1 - x2004) + y2(1 - y2004) = 0
The sign of each term depends on (1 - x2004), and (1 - y2004) respectively.
Both can be 0, that's the case mentioned above.
The other case is one must be negative and one must be positive. Say (1 - x2004) < 0, and (1 - y2004) > 0
That means x > 1, or x < -1 (cannot satisfy either equation), and -1 < y < 1. Hence, this case cannot happen.

Am I doing it correctly?

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$$x ^ {2006} + y ^ {2006} & = & 1$$

is an example of a supercircle.

Examing it's properties may help you see the values of x and y

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squircle" [Broken]

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Big fat stinking hint:
$$x^2+y^2=1$$
so
$$\left(x^2+y^2\right)^{1003}=1^{1003}=1$$

You're on the right track!

However, from your original equations, what can you say about |x| and |y|, and what will this info provide you with clues as to the signs of the terms in the derived equation?

Binomial theorem helps. (x^2+y^2)^{1003} = x^2006+y^2006 + nonnegative stuff.

Stuff is zero for certain x and y.

I think you get more solutions than what you wrote.

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Why need the binomial theorem??

From the first original equations, we know that |x|,|y|<=1, and therefore, we have:
$$0\leq{x}^{2}(1-x^{2004}),0\leq{y}^{2}(1-y^{2004})$$
since the sum of these terms equals 0, we must have:
$$x^{2}(1-x^{2004})=0$$
And:
$$y^{2}(1-y^{2004})=0$$
This system of equations is readily solved, and by insertion of the solutions of this system into the first system, we find which solutions that system has.

Yeah, thanks everyone for their help. I got it now. @jing: I still don't know how to use Squircle to solve the problem. The article doesn't say much about its properties. Can you explain it a little bit more? :) Thanks

Yeah, thanks everyone for their help. I got it now. @jing: I still don't know how to use Squircle to solve the problem. The article doesn't say much about its properties. Can you explain it a little bit more? :) Thanks

Though that looking at the pictures may help you see that the super circle lies within the circle and hence help you see |x| <=1 and |y| <=1

Though that looking at the pictures may help you see that the super circle lies within the circle and hence help you see |x| <=1 and |y| <=1
Thanks, jing. 