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If 60! is written out as an integer, with how many consecutive 0’s will that integer end?

A. 6
B. 12
C. 14
D. 42
E. 56

Clearly there are 12 multiples of 5, therefore, 12 zeros. I don't understand....
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Re: Hard tricky question [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2010, 19:23
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If 60! is written out as an integer, with how many consecutive 0’s will that integer end?
6
12
14
42
56

Clearly there are 12 multiples of 5, therefore, 12 zeros. I don't understand....


Trailing zeros: everything-about-factorials-on-the-gmat-85592.html?hilit=trailing#p669230

\frac{60}{5}+\frac{60}{5^2}=12+2=14.

Answer: C.
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Re: Hard tricky question [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2010, 19:25
this formula is very useful...
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Re: Hard tricky question [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2010, 23:34
Bunuel, can you elaborate more on this formula..
I would have found the number of times 5 is repeated to get to the answer..
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Re: Hard tricky question [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 00:52
Hi Bunuel,

The explanation on the link is great..Is there a similar explanation on remainders and power cycle concepts?

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Re: Hard tricky question [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 09:00
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Hi Bunuel,

The explanation on the link is great..Is there a similar explanation on remainders and power cycle concepts?

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Check Math: Number Theory for powers and cycles: math-number-theory-88376.html

Check sriharimurthy's post on remainders: compilation-of-tips-and-tricks-to-deal-with-remainders-86714.html


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Bunuel, can you elaborate more on this formula..
I would have found the number of times 5 is repeated to get to the answer..


Formula explained here: everything-about-factorials-on-the-gmat-85592.html?hilit=trailing#p669230

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