Let f(x) be a nonconstant polynomial in x with integer coefficients and suppose that for five distinct integers a1, a2, a3, a4, a5, one has f(a1)= f(a2)= f(a3)= f(a4)= f(a5)= 2.
Find all integers b such that f(b)= 9.
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Solution (spoiler) by e.g.)
Thus the reason that f(n) cannot be 9 when n is an integer is that 7 is a prime, and not that 9 is a square.

Posted by Richard
on 20060526 15:03:58 