Problem #160


The function $f$, defined on the set of ordered pairs of positive integers, satisfies the following properties: \begin{align*}  f(x,x) &=x, \\  f(x,y) &=f(y,x), \quad \text{and} \\ (x + y) f(x,y) &= yf(x,x + y).  \end{align*} Calculate $f(14,52)$.

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  • Reduce fractions to lowest terms and enter in the form 7/9.
  • Numbers involving pi should be written as 7pi or 7pi/3 as appropriate.
  • Square roots should be written as sqrt(3), 5sqrt(5), sqrt(3)/2, or 7sqrt(2)/3 as appropriate.
  • Exponents should be entered in the form 10^10.
  • If the problem is multiple choice, enter the appropriate (capital) letter.
  • Enter points with parentheses, like so: (4,5)
  • Complex numbers should be entered in rectangular form unless otherwise specified, like so: 3+4i. If there is no real component, enter only the imaginary component (i.e. 2i, NOT 0+2i).

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