Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest

- Find the units digit (base 10) in the sum
S
_{k = 1}^{99}*k*!. - Consider any three consecutive positive integers. Prove that the
cube of the largest cannot be the sum of the cubes of the other two.
- A sequence {
*u*_{n}},*n*= 0, 1, 2,..., is defined by*u*_{0}= 5,*u*_{n + 1}=*u*_{n}+*n*^{2}+ 3*n*+ 3, for*n*= 0, 1, 2,.... If*u*_{n}is expressed as a polynomial*u*_{n}= S_{k = 0}^{d}*c*_{k}*n*^{k}, where*d*is the degree of the polynomial, find the sum S_{k = 0}^{d}*c*_{k}. - Let the (
*x*,*y*)-plane be divided into regions by*n*lines, any two of which may or may not intersect. Describe a procedure whereby these regions may be colored using only two colors so that regions with a common line segment as part of their boundaries have different colors. - Let
*f*(*x*) satisfy the conditions for Rolle's theorem on [*a*,*b*] with*f*(*a*) =*f*(*b*) = 0. Prove that for each real number*k*the function*g*(*x*) =*f'*(*x*) +*kf*(*x*) has at least one zero in (*a*,*b*). - A matrix is called excellent if it is square and the sum of its
elements in each row and column equals the sum of its elements in
every other row and column. Let
*V*_{n}denote the collection of excellent*n*X*n*matrices.- (a)
- Show that
*V*_{n}is a vector space under addition and scalar multiplication (by real numbers). - (b)
- Find the dimensions of
*V*_{2},*V*_{3}, and*V*_{4}. - (c)
- If
*A**V*_{n}and*B**V*_{n}, show that*AB**V*_{n}.

- Find the greatest real
*r*such that some normal line to the graph of*y*=*x*^{3}+*rx*passes through the origin, where the point of normality is not the origin. - Let
*f*=*f*(*x*) be an arbitrary differentiable function on*I*= [*x*_{0}-*h*,*x*_{0}+*h*] with |*f'*(*x*)|__<__*M*on*I*where*M*__>__. Let*f*(*x*_{0}-*h*)__<__*f*(*x*_{0}) and*f*(*x*_{0}+*h*)__<__*f*(*x*_{0}). Find the smallest positive number*r*such that at least one local maximum of*f*lies inside or on the circle of radius*r*centered at (*x*_{0},*f*(*x*_{0})). Express your answer in terms of*h*,*M*and*d*= min{*f*(*x*_{0}) -*f*(*x*_{0}-*h*),*f*(*x*_{0}) -*f*(*x*_{0}+*h*)}.