Saturday, December 30, 2017

A Newton week

The Dec 11 - Dec 17 week contained the last Open Cup round of the year: the Grand Prix of Peterhof (problems, results, top 5 on the left). The deciding problem H required the ability to find the exponent a formal series fast, and the teams that were able to do so claimed the first two places — congratulations to the Moscow IPT team and to SPb Havka-papstvo!

I found the relatively easy problem J very nice. You are given an integer with at most a million digits. You need to determine if it's a perfect square or not. You don't need to actually find the square root. Can you see how to get this problem accepted on the 8th minute of the contest?

Thanks for reading, and check back soon!

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