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For positive integers a and b, is (forth root)(a^b) an integer?

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For positive integers a and b, is \(\sqrt[4]{a^b}\) an integer?

I. 2 is the only prime factor of b

II. a is a perfect square
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New post 06 Apr 2019, 07:13
IMO C

from statement 1

b = 2*(any other number)

insufficient

from B

a = (x^2)

alone insufficient for

x = 4 , it is integer

for x = 3 , it is not



if we combine these two we get ,

x^2(2*any other number)

means

x^4*( any other number )

so the fourth root will be an integer


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