# Putnam

Let $a_1, a_2, . . . , a_n$ be real numbers, and let $b_1, b_2, ..., b_n$ be distinct positive integers. Suppose that there is a polynomial f(x) satisfying the identity
$(1 - x)^n f(x) = 1 + \sum _{i=1} ^n a_i x^{b_i}$
Find the value of f(1) expressed in terms of $b_1, b_2, ..., b_n$ and $n$.

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### 9 responses to “Putnam”

1. Jithendar says :

Hoping to see more good problems here if you have any. Also, if I may ask, can you post some elegant solutions too.

2. Ankit Kumar says :

f(1) = 1 ans.

3. SHUBHAM says :

SHITIKANTH ISKA ANWER “0” HAI CHECK KRR LEH

4. SHUBHAM says :

VERY GOOD QUE AISEY AUR PLZZ ….

• 7275024832 says :

deepak yadav says:Sir,iska ans. (0/0) ka form aa raha hai.

5. SIVA NAGI REDDY says :