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1) only three positive integers can be derived: 7, 8, 9. Each has only one distinct prime (7, 2 and 3 respectively). Sufficient 2) to calculate number of factors we need to find prime factorization of a number, add 1 to the powers and multiply those powers, 8 breaks to \(2^3\), hence it has four factors (power of 3 + 1): 1, 2, 4, 8 We need another 2 primes to get twelve factors (\(2^3 * x^2\) => (\(3+1)*(2+1) = 12\)), square root will double the primes, so we know that n has only one prime. Sufficient Answer D
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Bunuel wrote: How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?
(1) 44 < n^2 < 99 (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors
Kudos for a correct solution. Let me try to explain: If n is a positive integer: (1) 44 < n^2 < 99This means, n can be 7, 8 or 9 > all numbers with each 1 distinct prime factor 7(7). 8(2) and 9(3). Therefore Stat. 1 Sufficient(2) 8n^2 has twelve factors8^n2 has twelve factors. 8 on its own has 4 factors (1, 2, 4, 8), i.e. we need 8 more factors. N could be any number providing 4 factors. If n = 7, n could have 2 and 7 as prime factors which are 2 distinct factors. Therefore Stat. 2 IS.Therefore, after reviewing, I suppose it's A Thanks for your inputs EMPOWERgmatRichC
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Bunuel wrote: How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?
(1) 44 < n^2 < 99 (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors Ans: D Solution: Different prime factors of integer n? we do not know the exact value of n so finding specific value is necessery and then we can find the number of factors. 1) it gives us three values of n=7,8,9 their square[49,64,81] satisfy the range Now question asks us how many prime factors does n have if N=7; number of prime factors =1 if N=8; number of prime factors = 1 if N=9; number of prime factors = 1 respectively. [sufficient] 2) 8n^2 has tweleve factors to make is easier we write it like this (2^3)*(n^2) now the total number of factors for this is = 4*x=12; x=3: means n needs to be a prime number. so it can have any prime value. again we know as n being the prime number it has only one prime factor. [Sufficient] Thank You for the hint, previously i solved it for total number of factors. Hope this is correct this time. Ans: D
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Hi All, You have to be VERY careful with this prompt; pay attention to the details, write EVERYTHING down and answer the question that is ASKED. Notice that the question asks how many DIFFERENT PRIME FACTORS N has.... It's a pretty safe bet that you all determined that, in Fact 1, N could be 7, 8 or 9. How many DIFFERENT PRIME FACTORS does 7 have? How many DIFFERENT PRIME FACTORS does 8 have? How many DIFFERENT PRIME FACTORS does 9 have? So what does this tell you about Fact 1? Knowing that you have to be more detailoriented with your work, how will you now handle Fact 2? GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?
(1) 44 < n^2 < 99 (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors
Solution: (1) 44 < n^2 < 99 > n could be 7, 8 or 9.  7: 1 prime factor which is 7  8: 1 prime factor which is 2  9: 1 prime factor which is 3 > (1) is sufficient (2)8n^2 has twelve factors: 8n^2 can be rewritten as (2^3)*(n^2) Number of factors of (2^3)*(n^2) is 12, or (3+1)*(x+1) = 12, x is the number of factor of n^2 > n^2 has 2 factors which are n and n^2 > n is prime number > n has 1 prime factor > (2) is sufficient.
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reto wrote: Bunuel wrote: How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?
(1) 44 < n^2 < 99 (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors
Kudos for a correct solution. Let me try to explain: If n is a positive integer: (1) 44 < n^2 < 99This means, n can be 7, 8 or 9 > all numbers with each 1 distinct prime factor 7(7). 8(2) and 9(3). Therefore Stat. 1 Sufficient(2) 8n^2 has twelve factors8^n2 has twelve factors. 8 on its own has 4 factors (1, 2, 4, 8), i.e. we need 8 more factors. N could be any number providing 4 factors. If n = 7, n could have 2 and 7 as prime factors which are 2 distinct factors. Therefore Stat. 2 IS.Therefore, after reviewing, I suppose it's A Thanks for your inputs EMPOWERgmatRichCPrime factor can't have two prime factors within itself. Factors of 7 are "7" and "1". To check, let's put 7 in the formula from second statement: 8 * 7^2 = 2 * 2 * 2 * 7 * 7 = 2^3 * 7^2, > (3+1) * (2+1) = 12. But you get only "sevens" from 7. 2's come from 8, and question asks only about n.
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the answer is A statment 1 suff / N^2 could be 49,64,81 and all of these numbers have one prime number statment 2 insuff/ if n is prime number then n has one prime number but if not then n could has more than one prime number for example if n=3 then 8n^2=2^3*3^2 the nimber of factors is 12 and n is prime however if x=6 in this case also the number of factors will be = 12 but x has two prime factors 2,3
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23a2012 wrote: the answer is A statment 1 suff / N^2 could be 49,64,81 and all of these numbers have one prime number statment 2 insuff/ if n is prime number then n has one prime number but if not then n could has more than one prime number for example if n=3 then 8n^2=2^3*3^2 the nimber of factors is 12 and n is prime however if x=6 in this case also the number of factors will be = 12 but x has two prime factors 2,3 Could you clarify why x=6 gives you 12 factors? If n=6, then 8 * 6^2 = 2 * 2 * 2 * 3*2 * 3*2 = 2^5 * 3^2, hence (5+1) * (2+1) = 18 factors.
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Bunuel wrote: Bunuel wrote: How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?
(1) 44 < n^2 < 99 (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors
Kudos for a correct solution. OFFICIAL SOLUTION:How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?(1) 44 < n^2 < 99. This implies that n can be 7, 8, or 9. Each of these numbers have 1 prime: 7, 2, and 3, respectively. Sufficient. (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors. For \(8n^2=2^3n^2\) to have twelve factors n must be a prime: \(2^3*(prime)^2\) > number of factors = (3+1)(2+1)=12. Sufficient. Answer: D. Hello bunuel Plz clear me if my approach is wrong... As per (1) 44<n^2<99 or 4<n^2/11<9 for n to be +ve integer it should be either 5 or 7(2 primes) so, sufficient.



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rohit8865 wrote: Bunuel wrote: Bunuel wrote: How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?
(1) 44 < n^2 < 99 (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors
Kudos for a correct solution. OFFICIAL SOLUTION:How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?(1) 44 < n^2 < 99. This implies that n can be 7, 8, or 9. Each of these numbers have 1 prime: 7, 2, and 3, respectively. Sufficient. (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors. For \(8n^2=2^3n^2\) to have twelve factors n must be a prime: \(2^3*(prime)^2\) > number of factors = (3+1)(2+1)=12. Sufficient. Answer: D. Hello bunuel Plz clear me if my approach is wrong... As per (1) 44<n^2<99 or 4<n^2/11<9 for n to be +ve integer it should be either 5 or 7(2 primes) so, sufficient. I am not Bunuel, but I can help. Cou have to read the question stem carefully. What is it asking? "How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?" You can answer this right away with the fact that n can either be 5 or 7 because both of these numbers have just one prime factor right? Does it help?
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How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?
(1) 44 < n^2 < 99 (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors
I have doubt about (2). What if n is 16? then 2^3*2^8=2^11 and it has 11+1=12 factors but it has only one prime factor, which is 2. Can anyone tell me what I am missing?



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Yiva wrote: How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?
(1) 44 < n^2 < 99 (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors
I have doubt about (2). What if n is 16? then 2^3*2^8=2^11 and it has 11+1=12 factors but it has only one prime factor, which is 2. Can anyone tell me what I am missing? Statement 2 tells you that n must be prime because 8 = 2^3 which gives you (3+1) factors and for 8n^2 to have exactly 12 factors, n must be prime in order to have (3+1)(2+1). If n is prime, it has how many different PRIME Factors Yiva? Yes exactly, if n is prime, n will have exactly 1 prime factor. The question can be answered.
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Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution. How many different prime factors does positive integer n have? (1) 44 < n^2 < 99 (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors The question has one variable (n) and 2 equations are given, so there is high chance (D) will be our answer. From condition 1, n^2=49,64,81, and n=7,8,9=7,2^3,3^2. There is only 1 case where there are different prime factors, so this is sufficient. For condition 2, 8n^2=2^3n^2==>(3+1)(2+1)=12. n has to be prime. This also gives that there is only 1 case where there are different prime factors, so this is also sufficient. The answer becomes (D). For cases where we need 1 more equation, such as original conditions with “1 variable”, or “2 variables and 1 equation”, or “3 variables and 2 equations”, we have 1 equation each in both 1) and 2). Therefore, there is 59 % chance that D is the answer, while A or B has 38% chance and C or E has 3% chance. Since D is most likely to be the answer using 1) and 2) separately according to DS definition. Obviously there may be cases where the answer is A, B, C or E.
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MathRevolution wrote: Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution.
How many different prime factors does positive integer n have?
(1) 44 < n^2 < 99 (2) 8n^2 has twelve factors
The question has one variable (n) and 2 equations are given, so there is high chance (D) will be our answer. From condition 1, n^2=49,64,81, and n=7,8,9=7,2^3,3^2. There is only 1 case where there are different prime factors, so this is sufficient. For condition 2, 8n^2=2^3n^2==>(3+1)(2+1)=12. n has to be prime. This also gives that there is only 1 case where there are different prime factors, so this is also sufficient. The answer becomes (D).
For cases where we need 1 more equation, such as original conditions with “1 variable”, or “2 variables and 1 equation”, or “3 variables and 2 equations”, we have 1 equation each in both 1) and 2). Therefore, there is 59 % chance that D is the answer, while A or B has 38% chance and C or E has 3% chance. Since D is most likely to be the answer using 1) and 2) separately according to DS definition. Obviously there may be cases where the answer is A, B, C or E. What makes your approach unconventional?
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Excellent Question. Here is my solution to this one =>
We need the number of prime factors for n.
Statement 1> Notice the boundary condition for n is given. Since n is an integer => n^2 must be a perfect square. n^2=> 49,64 or 81 So n can be 7 or 2^3 or 3^2 In each case > n will have just one prime factor. Hence Sufficient.
Statement 2> 8n^12 has twelve factors. 2^3*n^2 has 12 factors => This is only possible if n is a prime number. Thus it will have only one prime factor. Hence D.
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I agree with all the explanations but have a question though... If n can be 7,8 or 9, which isn't a definite value, does that make the answer sufficient?
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Kem12 wrote: I agree with all the explanations but have a question though... If n can be 7,8 or 9, which isn't a definite value, does that make the answer sufficient?
Posted from my mobile device The question does not ask "what is the value of n", it asks "How many different prime factors does positive integer n have". So, for (1), even though n can take three values, each of those values still has only one prime factor. For (2) we get that n is a prime number, so it must have only one prime factor. Thus, both statements give that n has ONE prime factor.
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