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How many prime factors does positive integer n have?

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How many prime factors does positive integer n have?

(1) n/5 has only a prime factor.
(2) 3*n^2 has two different prime factors.
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49. How many prime factors does positive integer n have?
(1) n/5 has only a prime factor.
(2) 3*n^2 has two different prime factors.



(1) : n/5 has one prime factor. So we know immediately that is a multiple of 5. Either n is of the form 5^k or 5x(another_prime)^k (Eg. n=125 or n=15 both work). Hence n has either 1 or 2 prime factors ... Insufficient

(2) : 3*n^2 has two factors. Again, n could have 1 or 2 factors. Eg n=15 OR n =125 both work

(1+2) : Take the case n = 15 and n = 125 ... both statements can be true together. Hence not clear if n has one prime factor or two


Hence, Answer is (e)
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(1) n/5 has one prime factor. So n could be 25 or 15, in which case n/5 = 5 or n/5 = 3, so n can have more than one prime factor. So Insufficient.

(2) 3*n^2 has two different prime factors. So if n = 5*3 = 15, or n = 5 or 25, then also the expression has two distinct prime factors. So Insufficient.

In (1) and (2), 15 can work, or 25 can work, so answer is E.
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I understand perfectly why (1) and (2) separately are insufficient, but I'm stuck at analyzing both statements together. Can anyone shed some light?
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I understand perfectly why (1) and (2) separately are insufficient, but I'm stuck at analyzing both statements together. Can anyone shed some light?


Hi Ed_Palencia

Statement 1 => implies, n can have two factors eg \((3 * 5)\)
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can have only one prime factor, but \(n = 5 * 5\), so that \(n/5\) has one prime factor => insuff

Statement 2 => implies, \(3n^2\)=> two diff prime factors, so \(n\) can be \((3 * 5) or (5 * 5)\)
if \(n = 3 * 5\),
\(3n^2\) => \(3(3 * 5)\) => two prime factors
if \(n = 5 * 5\),
\(3n^2\) => \(3(5 * 5)\) => two prime factors

so if you combine, still n can be \(3 * 5 or 5 * 5\), not sufficient to tell how many prime factors

Answer (E)

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banksy wrote:
49. How many prime factors does positive integer n have?
(1) n/5 has only a prime factor.
(2) 3*n^2 has two different prime factors.



(1) : n/5 has one prime factor. So we know immediately that is a multiple of 5. Either n is of the form 5^k or 5x(another_prime)^k (Eg. n=125 or n=15 both work). Hence n has either 1 or 2 prime factors ... Insufficient

(2) : 3*n^2 has two factors. Again, n could have 1 or 2 factors. Eg n=15 OR n =125 both work

(1+2) : Take the case n = 15 and n = 125 ... both statements can be true together. Hence not clear if n has one prime factor or two


Hence, Answer is (e)


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For (1) isn't the statement saying that n/5 has only 1 prime factor? i.e: how can our tests show that it has 1 or 2 prime factors if statement says n/5 has only 1 prime factor?
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Hi guys, I haven't understood why 1) is insufficient. My thought is:
if n/5 has only a prime factor, n/5 must be equal to 1,thus n = 5.

if n were 25(or any 5^x), n/5 would have 2 prime factors : 5 and 1.

Could you explain what I've missed?
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How many prime factors does positive integer n have?

(1) n/5 has only a prime factor.
(2) 3*n^2 has two different prime factors.

Hi guys, I haven't understood why 1) is insufficient. My thought is:
if n/5 has only a prime factor, n/5 must be equal to 1,thus n = 5.

if n were 25(or any 5^x), n/5 would have 2 prime factors : 5 and 1.

Could you explain what I've missed?


1 is NOT a prime number.

2. Properties of Integers



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