25th Annual
Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest
From 8:30a.m. to 11:00a.m., November 1, 2003

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  1. An investor buys stock worth $10,000 and holds it for n business days. Each day he has an equal chance of either gaining 20% or losing 10%. However in the case he gains every day (i.e. n gains of 20%), he is deemed to have lost all his money, because he must have been involved with insider trading. Find a (simple) formula, with proof, of the amount of money he will have on average at the end of the n days.

  2. Find Sn = 1$\scriptstyle \infty$xn/(n(n + 1)) = x/(1*2) + x2/(2*3) + x3/(3*4) + ... for | x| < 1.

  3. Determine all invertible 2 by 2 matrices A with complex numbers as entries satisfying A = A-1 = A', where A' denotes the transpose of A.

  4. It is known that 2cos3p/7 - cos2p/7 - cosp/7 is a rational number. Write this rational number in the form p/q, where p and q are integers with q positive.

  5. In the diagram below, X is the midpoint of BC, Y is the midpoint of AC, and Z is the midpoint of AB. Also / ABC + / PQC = / ACB + / PRB = 90o. Prove that / PXC = 90o.


  6. Let f : [0, 1] - > [0, 1] be a continuous function such that f (f (f (x))) = x for all x e [0, 1]. Prove that f (x) = x for all x e [0, 1]. Here [0, 1] denotes the closed interval of all real numbers between 0 and 1, including 0 and 1.

  7. Let T be a solid tetrahedron whose edges all have length 1. Determine the volume of the region consisting of points which are at distance at most 1 from some point in T (your answer should involve $ \sqrt{2}$,$ \sqrt{3}$,p).

Peter Linnell