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# ISI Interview Tips

## Dwija Prasad De May 2013

Personal Question
1. What was your board score? 2. Any mathematical achievements? 3. Have you appeared for JEE Mains? 4. Have you applied to CMI? 5. Why is B-Stat/B-Math your rst preference? 6. Which question did you do wrong in the subjective? (Note that they will have your answer script in front of them ) 7. What is your favorite branch of mathematics?

Subject-Based Questions
Algebra 1. Solve cos x + sec x = x2013 +
1 x2013

## 2. Find all polynomials with rational roots with root

2+

3+

4 as a

3. Find all dierentiable functions f : R R satisfying f (xy ) = f (x) + f (y ) 4. Let f (x) = (x a1 )(x a2 )...(x a2n ). Is (f (x))2 + 1 reducible? Calculus 1. Find the number of solutions of ex = xn 2. What is the volume of rotation below the x-axis of the parabola y = 4 6x x2 3. Sketch the graph of y = sin 1
1 |x|

4. x1 = 1 2 ; xn+1 =

(1 xn ), n 1 . Find limn xn .

5. Suppose f is a continuous function on [a, ] and dierentiable on (a, ) and limx f (x) = f (a). Prove that c such that f (c) = 0. Combinatorics 1. Let there be n cubes of edge-length 1 through n respectively. They are to be arranged in a tower such that the cube immediately above k is at most k + 2. If T (n) be the number of dierent towers nd a recursion for T (n). 2. Given an 8 8 chessboard, show that it cannot be tiled by:

3. Find the number of ways of colouring a (i) cube (ii) tetrahedron if each face is coloured with a dierent colour. 4. Given 5 lattice points on the xy -plane, show that some line through these points passes through another lattice point. Generalize 5 for three dimensions Geometry 1. Let P be a point inside ABC such that P A = 3, P B = 4, P C = 5. How will you nd the side-length of the triangle? 2. Let 1 and 2 be two intersecting circles. Let a common tangent to these 2 touch 1 at A and 2 at B . Show that the common chord bisects AB (possibly when extended). 3. Consider a regular n-gon inscribed in a unit circle. What is the product of all the diagonals of the polygon? 4. Let P be any point outside an ellipse with focus F such that P is tangent to it at R and T . If RT meets the directrix at U nd SF U . Number Theory 1. Show that n + 1 consecutive composite numbers for all n. 2. Does there exist 2 irrational numbers a and b such that am = bn for all positive integers n ? 3. Call an integer square-full such that if a prime p|n p2 |n . Prove that there are innitely many pairs of consecutive square-full numbers. 4. Show that gcd(2a 1, 2b 1) = 2gcd(a,b) 1. Is the result true for lcm? 2

5. S (n) is the sum of digits function. (i) Does there exist n such that S (n) = 2012 ? (ii) Show that S (a)S (b) S (ab) (iii) Show that S (a + b) S (a + b) (iv) If the digits of n are in increasing order from left to right, nd S (9n)

Further Preparation
Firstly, if you are condent, NO NEED FOR FURTHER PREPARATION Know the proofs of theorems. Suddenly in the middle of the explanation of a problem, a professor may ask the proof of the result you are using Go through Excursion in Mathematics, Problem Solving Strategies, previous year question-papers of ISI Entrance and RMO Know graph sketching well. They may ask you to sketch a graph of something, a problem now only reserved for interviews rather than Subjective Papers