# 102 Combinatorial problems from the training of USA IMO team by Andreescu T., Feng Z. By Andreescu T., Feng Z.

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Suppose that B is a focal-spread of dimension 2k + 1 of type (1 + k; k) over GF (q). Then each hyperplane that intersects the focus in a k-dimensional subspace induces a partition of a vector space of dimension 2k over GF (q) by q + 1 subspaces of dimension k and q k+1 q subspaces of dimension k 1. Hence, each hyperplane then produces a double-spread. Proof. For a focal-spread of type (1+k; k), with focus L, consider any hyperplane H, a subspace of dimension 2k, that intersects L in a subspace of dimension k.

We note that q t+k q t = q t (q k 1), which implies that there are exactly q t k-subspaces in the focalspread. We refer to this as the ‘partial Sperner k-spread’. Take any k-component N distinct from y = 0. There are k basis vectors over GF (q), which we represent as follows: y = xZk;t , where Zk;t is a k t matrix over GF (q), whose k rows are a basis for the k-component. It is clear that we obtain a set of q t k-components, which we also represent as follows: Row 1 shall be given by [u1 ; u2 ; ::; ut ], as the ui vary independently over GF (q).

Similarly, h(kk 0 P ) = (kk 0 ) h(P ) = h(k(k 0 P ) = k h(k 0 P ) = k k 0 h(P ), implying that (kk 0 ) = k k 0 . Theorem 3. In any translation geometry (or translation plane) with ambient vector space V over a …eld (or skew…eld K), the full collineation group is a semi-direct product of the subgroup of L(V; K) by the translation subgroup T . 1. Collineation Groups of Translation Planes. We now specialize to …nite translation planes. We shall be mostly interested in …nite translation planes whose underlying vector space is 4-dimensional over a …eld K isomorphic to GF (q), where q = pr , for p a prime and r a positive integer.