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For positive integers a, b, and c, where a<b<c, the product abc has exactly three prime factors. What is the maximum number of prime factors of a?

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If product a*b*c has exactly 3 prime factors,

a can have maximum 3 prime factors.

eg.
a= 2^1 * 3^1 * 5^1
b = 2^2 * 3^2 * 5^2
c = 2^3 * 3^3 * 5^3

Now a * b* c = 2^6 * 3^6 * 5^6
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For positive integers a, b, and c, where a<b<c, the product abc has exactly three prime factors. What is the maximum number of prime factors of a?

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. 4


for maximum no. of prime factors of a , it should be multiple of three prime nos.(since abc has only three prime factors)
and b &c could have any number of those three prime factors in a.

say if a =5^x * 7^y * 2^z
then b = 5^x * 7^y or any such prime combinations
& c= 5^x or 7^y or any combination as per condition a<b<c

thus a have max. of 3 prime factors

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For positive integers a, b, and c, where a<b<c, the product abc has exactly three prime factors. What is the maximum number of prime factors of a?

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. 4


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Number of prime factors of a will be maximum when a has same prime factors as the product a*b*c.
So, the maximum number of prime factors a can have = number of prime factors of product a*b*c = 3.
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