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Monthly) Denote by P the set of points of the plane. Let : P × P → P be the following binary operation: A B = C, where C is the unique point in the plane such that ABC is an oriented equilateral triangle whose orientation is counterclockwise. Show that is a nonassociative and noncommutative operation satisfying the following “medial property”: 22 3 Geometry (A B) (C D) = (A C) (B D). 7. Consider two distinct circles C1 and C2 with nonempty intersection and let A be a point of intersection. Let P , R ∈ C1 and Q, S ∈ C2 be such that P Q and RS are the two common tangents.

If p is prime, then by Wilson’s theorem, (p − 2)! ≡ −(p − 1)! ≡ 1 (mod p), which implies that (p − 2)! (p − 2)! − 1 = . , and therefore sin π (p − 2)! p 2 p = sin π [(p − 2)! − 1] = −1. 2 Consequently, the nth term of the sum is zero if at least one among n, n + 2 is composite, and 1 if both n and n + 2 are prime. Finally, one adds 2 units in order to count the pairs (3, 5), (5, 7). 35. 1. Find all solutions of the equation 3x+1 + 100 = 7x−1 . 2 2 2. Find two solutions of the equation 3x + 3x = 2x + 4x , and prove that there are no others.

See also: 44 5 Number Theory Solutions • T. Andreescu and D. , 2006. 14. If N = 2 + 2 28n2 + 1 ∈ Z for a natural number n, then N is a perfect square. 14. If 28n2 + 1 = k, then N = 2 + 2k. If N ∈ Z, then k ∈ 21 Z. But k is the square root of an integer, and whenever such a square root is a rational number, then it is actually an integer. This proves that k ∈ Z. Now, 28n2 = (k − 1)(k + 1), and therefore k is odd, k = 2t + 1. Thus, 7n2 = t (t + 1). We have two cases: 1. If 7 divides t + 1, then, t = 7s − 1 and so (7s − 1)s = n2 , for s ∈ Z.