Pre RMO more algebra problems for practice

Question I:

I rode one third of a journey at 10kmph, one third more at 9, and the rest at 8 kmph; if I had ridden half the journey at 10kmph, and the other half at 8 kmph, I should have been half a minute longer on the way: what distance did I ride?

Question 2:

The express train leaves Bristol at 3pm and reaches London at 6pm; the ordinary train leaves London at 1:30pm and arrives at Bristol at 6pm. If both trains travel uniformly, find the time when they will meet.

Question 3:

Solve (a) 0.\dot{6}x + 0.75x-0.1\dot{6} = x - 0.58\dot{3}x+5

Solve (b) \frac{37}{x^{2}-5x+6} + \frac{4}{x-2} = \frac{7}{3-x}

Question 4:

Simplify: (1+x)^{2} \div \{ 1 + \frac{x}{1-x+ \frac{x}{1+x+x^{2}}}\}

Question 5:

Find the square root of \frac{4a^{2}-12ab-6bc+4ac+9b^{2}+c^{2}}{4a^{2}+9c^{2}-12ac}

Question 6:

Find the square root of 4a^{4}+9(a^{2}+\frac{1}{a^{2}})+12a(a^{2}+1)+18

Question 7:

Solve the following system of equations:


3x - \frac{1}{2}(y+z) = 65

x + \frac{1}{2}(x+y-z) = 38

Question 8:

A number consists of three digits, the right hand one being zero. If the left hand and middle digits be interchanged the number is diminished by 180; if the left hand digit be halved and the other two digits are interchanged, the number is diminished by 336; find the number.

Question 9:

Add together the following fractions:

\frac{2}{x^{2}+xy+y^{2}}, \frac{-4x}{x^{3}-y^{3}}, \frac{x^{2}}{y^{2}(x-y)^{2}}, and \frac{-x^{2}}{x^{3}y-y^{4}}

Question 10:


\frac{a^{3}+b^{3}}{a^{4}-b^{4}} - \frac{a+b}{a^{2}-b^{2}} -\frac{1}{2} \{ \frac{a-b}{a^{2}+b^{2}} - \frac{1}{a-b} \}

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Nalin Pithwa

Another Romanian Mathematical Olympiad problem

Ref: Romanian Mathematical Olympiad — Final Round, 1994

Ref: Titu Andreescu


Let M, N, P, Q, R, S be the midpoints of the sides AB, BC, CD, DE, EF, FA of a hexagon. Prove that

RN^{2}=MQ^{2}+PS^{2} if and only if MQ is perpendicular to PS.


Let a, b, c, d, e, f be the coordinates of the vertices of the hexagon. The points M, N, P, Q, R, and S have the coordinates

m=\frac{a+b}{2}, n=\frac{b+c}{2}, =\frac{c+d}{2},

q=\frac{d+e}{2}, r=\frac{e+f}{2}, s=\frac{f+a}{2}, respectively.

Using the properties of the real product of complex numbers, (please fill in the gaps here), we have


if and only if

(e+f-b-c).(e+f-b-c) = (d+e-a-b).(d+e-a-b)+(f+a-c-d).(f+a-c-d)

That is,


hence, MQ is perpendicular to PS, as claimed. QED.

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Nalin Pithwa