2013 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 14
- The following problem is from both the 2013 AMC 12B #14 and 2013 AMC 10B #21, so both problems redirect to this page.
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Problem
Two non-decreasing sequences of nonnegative integers have different first terms. Each sequence has the property that each term beginning with the third is the sum of the previous two terms, and the seventh term of each sequence is . What is the smallest possible value of ?
Solution
Let the first two terms of the first sequence be and and the first two of the second sequence be and . Computing the seventh term, we see that . Note that this means that and must have the same value modulo 8. To minimize, let one of them be 0; WLOG assume that . Thus, the smallest possible value of is ; and since the sequences are non-decreasing we get . To minimize, let . Thus, .
Solution 2
WLOG, let , be the sequences with . Then or for some natural numbers , . Thus . To minimize and , we have , or To minimize and , we have . Using the same method, since $b_2\geb_1$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Undefined control sequence.), we have .
Thus the minimum
~ Nafer
See also
2013 AMC 12B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
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