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If N is the product of all multiples of 3 between 1 and 100, what is the greatest integer m for which \(\frac{N}{10^m}\) is an integer?

a. 3 b. 6 c. 7 d. 8 e. 10

How do you solve these sort of questions quickly Thanks

We should determine # of trailing zeros of N=3*6*9*12*15*...*99 (a sequence of 0's of a number, after which no other digits follow).

Since there are at least as many factors 2 in N as factors of 5, then we should count the number of factors of 5 in N and this will be equivalent to the number of factors 10, each of which gives one more trailing zero.

Factors of 5 in N: once in 15; once in 30; once in 45; once in 60; twice in 75 (5*5*3); once in 90;

1+1+1+1+2+1=7 --> N has 7 trailing zeros, so greatest integer \(m\) for which \(\frac{N}{10^m}\) is an integer is 7.

Bunuel, is it necessary to count the number of trailing zeros? I have solved the problem by counting the number of 5's in N.

It's basically the same. Since there are at least as many factors 2 as factors of 5 in N, then finding the number of factors of 5 in N would be equivalent to the number of factors 10, each of which gives one more trailing zero. _________________

It's basically the same. Since there are at least as many factors 2 as factors of 5 in N, then finding the number of factors of 5 in N would be equivalent to the number of factors 10, each of which gives one more trailing zero.

How did you know that 2 factors and 5 factors in N are same?

It's basically the same. Since there are at least as many factors 2 as factors of 5 in N, then finding the number of factors of 5 in N would be equivalent to the number of factors 10, each of which gives one more trailing zero.

How did you know that 2 factors and 5 factors in N are same?

No, that's not what I'm saying (see the red part). The power of 2 in N is at least as high as the power of 5 in N.

We are told that N=3*6*9*12*15*18*21*...*90*93*96*99 --> as you can observe, the power of 2 in N will be higher than the power of 5 (there are more even numbers than multiples of 5).

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I did it in a different way..... since it is multiplication of all 3 multiples.... 3*6*9*..... *99=(3^33)(1*2*3*4*5*......33)=(3^33)*33! (3 power 33 because a 3 can be extracted from each number inside) (3^33) doesn't have any multiples between 1-9 which can contribute a 0..... so number of trailing 0's should be number of trailing 0's of 33! which is 7. So C is the answer... we don't need to count 5's and 2's and complicate things in this case! Let me know if you think this approach of mine has loop holes.

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i got answer as '6' bunuel am i missing something? I may be completely wrong. Below is my approach :-

N= 3*6*9*12*.......*99

Then total multiple of 3 will be 33

then every alternate number have factor of 2 in it so total factor of 2 will be 6 Since highest number which is multiple of 2 is 96 which have total 6 factors of 2 _________________

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rafi wrote:

If N is the product of all multiples of 3 between 1 and 100, what is the greatest integer m for which \(\frac{N}{10^m}\) is an integer?

A. 3 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 10

How do you solve these sort of questions quickly Thanks

Responding to a pm:

First, check out this post. It is an application of a concept that discusses the maximum power of a number in a factorial. This post discusses how and why we find the maximum power. http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/06 ... actorials/

Once you are done, note that this question can be easily broken down into the factorial form.

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rafi wrote:

If N is the product of all multiples of 3 between 1 and 100, what is the greatest integer m for which \(\frac{N}{10^m}\) is an integer?

A. 3 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 10

How do you solve these sort of questions quickly Thanks

stunning math.

my solution: 3.6.9.12..............................99 = 3^33 . (1.2.3.4.5...............................33) factors that can bring zeros are = 2,5,10,12,15,20,22,25,30,32 (All from 2 , 0 and 5 ) But only 25 can produce two 5.

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