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# What is the greatest prime factor of 2^100 - 2^96? A. 2

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What is the greatest prime factor of 2^100 - 2^96?

A. 2
B. 3
C. 5
D. 7
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2^100 - 2^96=

(2^4)*(2^96) - 2^96= 2^96(2^4 - 1)

The greatest prime factor of 2^96 is 2

2^4 - 1= 15, so the prime factor are 3 and 5

It is C, I think
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2^100 - 2^96 = 2^96 (2^4 - 1) = 15 (2^96) = 3*5*2^96

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C

2^100 - 2^96= 2^96(2^4 - 1) = (2^96) * 15

So prime factors are 2,3,5
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