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Sample problem: Let S be a subset of {1, 2, ..., 500} such that no two distinct elements of S have a product that is a perfect square. Find, with proof, the maximum possible number of elements in S.

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Unlike most other contests, you’ll have over a month to solve the problems and write up your solutions. You’re also allowed to consult certain reference material.

Example student solution: Let T be the set of squarefree integers less than 500. Let's calculate |T|. We can start with 500 and subtract the floor(500/2^2) multiples of 2^2, the floor(500/3^2) multiples of 3^2, and so on, for every prime: 500 - floor(500/2^2) - floor(500/3^2) - ... - floor(500/17^2) = 282. Thus |T| = 282. Now, we claim that T is an optimal choice for S, so our answer is 282. The rest of the proof is omitted for brevity.

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Sample feedback: Score 3/5. Comments: Close! You are right that T is the optimal choice of S, and your proof of such is correct. However, you made a mistake in calculating |T|, which is actually 306. The issue is that you double counted numbers which had more than one squared prime factor, such as 36 = 2^2 * 3^3. To rigorously count the union of overlapping sets, you would need to use the Principle of Inclusion and Exclusion (PIE).

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Some sample prize books: Euclidean Geometry in Mathematical Olympiads by Evan Chen, 99 Variations on a Proof by Philip Ording, Introduction to Number Theory by C. J. Bradley, and Humble Pi by Matt Parker.

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