Five positive integers A, B, C, D and E
, with A < B < C < D < E
, are such that:
(i) A, B and C
(in this order) are in arithmetic sequence, and:
(ii) B, C and D
(in his order) are in geometric sequence, and:
(iii) C, D and E
(in this order) are in harmonic sequence
Determine the minimum value
such that there are precisely two quintuplets (A, B, C, D, E)
that satisfy all the given conditions.
: Try to solve this problem analytically, although computer program/ spreadsheet solutions are welcome.
(In reply to proof--thanks to Dej Mar's formula
The equation, [E-A] = (4/A)x2 + 4x, can show that A must be much less than even 16,384 for 64 to be the solution.
x must be < 16.
If the common difference is assigned as equal to 16, we get an invalid equality, and A is undefined...
64 = (4/A)162 + 4(16)
[A/64*]64 = [A/64]*((4/A)162 + 64)
A [- A] = 64 + A [- A]
0 = 64
Where x is equal or greather than 17, A has a negative value...
64 = (4/A)172 + 4(17)
64 [- 68] = 1156/A + 68 [- 68]
[-A/4]*-4 = [-A/4]*1156/A
A = -289
If we assign [E-A] = 64 and x to the next smaller value, 15...
64 = (4/A)(15)2 + 4(15)
64 [- 60] = 900/A + 60 [- 60]
[A/4*]4 = [A/4*]900/A
A = 900/4 = 225
Thus, A can not be greater than 225 in order for [E-A] to equal 64. Charlie and I have confirmed that all values of [E-A] less than 64 do not have two quintuplets, thus, in agreement with Charlie, 64 is the minimum value of [E-A] that satisfy all conditions.
Edited on October 30, 2008, 8:05 am
Posted by Dej Mar
on 2008-10-30 00:56:14