Solution: 2018-02 Impossible to squeeze

For \(n\ge 1\), let \(f(x)=x^n+\sum_{k=0}^{n-1} a_k x^k \) be a polynomial with real coefficients. Prove that if \(f(x)>0\) for all \(x\in [-2,2]\), then \(f(x)\ge 4\) for some \(x\in [-2,2]\).

The best solution was submitted by Choi, Inhyeok (최인혁, 물리학과 2015학번). Congratulations!

Here is his solution of problem 2018-02.

Alternative solutions were submitted by 이본우 (수리과학과 2017학번, +3), 이시우 (포항공대 수학과 2013학번, +3), 이종원 (수리과학과 2014학번, +3), 채지석 (수리과학과 2016학번, +3), 하석민 (수리과학과 2017학번, +3), 한준호 (수리과학과 2015학번, +3), 김태균 (수리과학과 2016학번, +2), 이재우 (함양고등학교 3학년, +2).

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