
Re: Cute question about polynomials
Posted:
Apr 24, 2014 4:32 PM


Timothy Murphy wrote:
> david petry wrote:
> > On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:33:03 PM UTC7, Math Lover wrote:
> >> Find a polynomial p(x,y) with real coefficients, such > >> that as x,y range over all the real numbers, the set > >> of values p(x,y) covers the entire interval (0,infinity}
> > I believe this to be true: this was a Putnam exam problem one > > year, and *nobody* got the answer!
> Perhaps nobody understood the question. > What exactly does "cover" mean here?
Just to be sure, although I don't remember exactly how it was worded on the Putnam exam, there was nothing unclear about it.

