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18 December

There are 6 terms in the expansion of \((x+y+z)^2\):
$$(x+y+z)^2=x^2+y^2+z^2+2xy+2yz+2xz$$
Today's number is number of terms in the expansion of \((x+y+z)^{16}\).

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Tags: algebra

10 December

The equation \(x^2+1512x+414720=0\) has two integer solutions.
Today's number is the number of (positive or negative) integers \(b\) such that \(x^2+bx+414720=0\) has two integer solutions.

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Powerful quadratics

Source: nrich
Find all real solutions to
$$(x^2-7x+11)^{(x^2-11x+30)}=1.$$

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Two tangents

Source: Reddit
Find a line which is tangent to the curve \(y=x^4-4x^3\) at 2 points.

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A bit of Spanish

Each of the letters P, O, C, M, U and H represent a different digit from 0 to 9.
Which digit does each letter represent?

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Algebraic fractions

Given that
$$\frac{3x+y}{x-3y}=-1$$
what is the value of
$$\frac{x+3y}{3x-y}$$
?

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Tags: algebra

Four integers

\(a\), \(b\), \(c\) and \(d\) are four positive (and non-zero) integers.
$$abcd+abc+bcd+cda+dab+ab+bc+cd+da+ac+bd\\+a+b+c+d=2009$$
What is the value of \(a+b+c+d\)?

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Times roamin'

What is the product of this series?
$$(x-a)(x-b)(x-c)...(x-z)$$

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Tags: algebra

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