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How many different prime factors does positive integer x have?

1) \(1 < x < 6\)

2) \(5x^2\) has four factors

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Harley1980 wrote:
How many different prime factors does x have?

1) \(1 < x < 6\)

2) \(5x^2\) has four factors


You must specify that x is an integer since you are talking about factors of x - otherwise a discussion on factors makes no sense.
Assuming x is an integer, each statement alone is sufficient.

1) \(1 < x < 6\)
x could be 2/3/4/5. In each case, it has only one distinct PRIME factor. We don't know the value of x but we know that it will have only one distinct prime factor. Sufficient

2) \(5x^2\) has four factors.
Number of factors of 5x^2 will depend on x.

If x is 5, number of factors will be (3+1) = 4
If x is a prime number other than 5, number of factors will be (1+1)(2+1) = 2*3 = 6
If x is a composite number, number of factors will be even more.

Since number of factors is 4, x must be 5 and has one distinct prime factor. Sufficient

Answer (D)
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Harley1980 wrote:
You must specify that x is an integer since you are talking about factors of x - otherwise a discussion on factors makes no sense.


I didn't know about such rule (
Thanks for clarification.
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Harley1980 wrote:
How many different prime factors does positive integer x have?

1) \(1 < x < 6\)

2) \(5x^2\) has four factors

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1. basically tells that: x can be 2,3,4,5 - either case, each of the numbers has only 1 distinct positive factor - sufficient.

2. has 4 factors - 5, x, x^2, and 5x^2 - thus, x is a prime number. sufficient.

answer is D.

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Great Question.
Here is what i did in this one =>
We need the number of prime factors of the positive integer x.
Statement 1=>
x=>(1,6)=> x=2,3,4,5=> In each case => x will have just one prime factor=> Sufficient.
Statement 2=> The only value of x possible is 5.
Hence x will have only one factor. Sufficient

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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
Harley1980 wrote:
How many different prime factors does x have?

1) \(1 < x < 6\)

2) \(5x^2\) has four factors


You must specify that x is an integer since you are talking about factors of x - otherwise a discussion on factors makes no sense.
Assuming x is an integer, each statement alone is sufficient.

1) \(1 < x < 6\)
x could be 2/3/4/5. In each case, it has only one distinct PRIME factor. We don't know the value of x but we know that it will have only one distinct prime factor. Sufficient

2) \(5x^2\) has four factors.
Number of factors of 5x^2 will depend on x.

If x is 5, number of factors will be (3+1) = 4
If x is a prime number other than 5, number of factors will be (1+1)(2+1) = 2*3 = 6
If x is a composite number, number of factors will be even more.

Since number of factors is 4, x must be 5 and has one distinct prime factor. Sufficient

Answer (D)


Can you please explain why is it so?
If x is 5, number of factors will be (3+1) = 4 (this one is understandable, but why did you wite (3+1) - some rule?)
If x is a prime number other than 5, number of factors will be (1+1)(2+1) = 2*3 = 6

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