# International Mathematics Competition for University Students 2016

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## IMC2016: Day 1, Problem 2

2. Let $k$ and $n$ be positive integers. A sequence $(A_1,\ldots,A_k)$ of $n\times n$ real matrices is preferred by Ivan the Confessor if $A_i^2\ne 0$ for $1\le i \le k$, but $A_iA_j=0$ for $1\le i,j\le k$ with $i\ne j$. Show that $k\le n$ in all preferred sequences, and give an example of a preferred sequence with $k=n$ for each $n$.

Proposed by Fedor Petrov, St. Petersburg State University

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