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if the problem is not your own invention, a reference to its source.
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Problems remain unsolved: 4.3-1, 5.1-1, 5.3-4, 5.3-5.
- 6.2-1 From Munyaradzi Mukachana of Victoria High School
FOR FORMS 3 & 4 ONLY:
(i) Verify that the roots of f(x)=0 form an arithmetic sequence.
(ii) If k is a constant and the roots of f(x)-k=0 form a geometric
sequence, what is the value of k?
[Source: Mathematical Digest July 1996]
- 6.2-2 From Tawanda E Mungure of Victoria High School
Show that given any 5 numbers it is possible to choose 3 whose sum is
divisible by 3. Show also that given any 17 numbers it is
possible to choose 5 whose sum is divisible by 5. Now generalise
to sets of numbers whose sum is to be divisible by 7, etc.
- 6.2-3 From Tawanda E Mungure of Victoria High School
Inside a cube of side 15 units there are 11 000 given points. Prove that
there is a sphere of unit radius (that is, radius 1) within which there
are at least 6 of the given points.
[Source: British Mathematical Olympiad, 1978]
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