January 6th, 2019, 03:47 PM  #11 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2016 From: Arizona Posts: 193 Thanks: 34 Math Focus: I'm still deciding, but my recent focus has been olympiad problems and math journal problems.  I solved it. The solution I found is the only solution TO THE ORIGINAL PROBLEM, but I had to use a different method to show it. I can show you through PM.
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January 6th, 2019, 04:00 PM  #12 
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January 6th, 2019, 04:03 PM  #13 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2016 From: Arizona Posts: 193 Thanks: 34 Math Focus: I'm still deciding, but my recent focus has been olympiad problems and math journal problems.  
January 6th, 2019, 04:21 PM  #14 
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If post #1 is the correct statement of the problem, then the solution is ... $\displaystyle x=\dfrac{3a}{8}\dfrac{1}{8a}$ and $\displaystyle y=\dfrac{3}{8a}\dfrac{a}{8}$ for all values $\displaystyle \sqrt{3}<a<\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{3}}$ and $\displaystyle \dfrac{1}{\sqrt{3}}<a<\sqrt{3}$. That is, there are an infinite number of solutions. 
January 6th, 2019, 04:25 PM  #15 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2016 From: Arizona Posts: 193 Thanks: 34 Math Focus: I'm still deciding, but my recent focus has been olympiad problems and math journal problems. 
Hi everyone. What I posted was not the original problem statement, it was literally just a clarification of something I almost assumed, and I appreciate all of the help that I got. I'm NOT SAYING that my solution is the only solution to that equation, but it turns out that it is the only solution to the original problem! THANKS! Happy New Year to everyone! 
January 6th, 2019, 04:26 PM  #16  
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2016 From: Arizona Posts: 193 Thanks: 34 Math Focus: I'm still deciding, but my recent focus has been olympiad problems and math journal problems.  Quote:
 

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