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# If a and b are integers and (2^a)(3^b) is a factor of 100^40, what is

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If a and b are integers and (2^a)(3^b) is a factor of 100^40, what is the largest possible value of ab?

A. 0
B. 5
C. 20
D. 40
E. 80

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29 Apr 2016, 00:05
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Bunuel wrote:
If a and b are integers and (2^a)(3^b) is a factor of 100^40, what is the largest possible value of ab?

A. 0
B. 5
C. 20
D. 40
E. 80

(2^a)(3^b) is a factor of 100^40
We need to find the largest possible value of ab.

We know that 100 = 2^2*5^2
Therefore 100^40 will have no powers of 3 in it.
Hence in (2^a)(3^b), b has to 0

Therefore value of ab = 0

Correct Option: A
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29 Apr 2016, 10:15
100 has prime factors 2 and 5 so exponent of prime factor will be 0
thus irrespective of value of exponent value of 2 ab wil always be 0

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Bunuel wrote:
If a and b are integers and (2^a)(3^b) is a factor of 100^40, what is the largest possible value of ab?

A. 0
B. 5
C. 20
D. 40
E. 80

Good one from Bunuel as usual

$$100^{40}$$ = $$10^{80}$$

$$10^{80}$$ = $${2*5}^{80}$$

From the above you get a = 80 ; but what about b ?

There is no 3 in 100^40 , so b will be 0

hence ab = 80*0 =>0

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05 Feb 2019, 16:23
Bunuel wrote:
If a and b are integers and (2^a)(3^b) is a factor of 100^40, what is the largest possible value of ab?

A. 0
B. 5
C. 20
D. 40
E. 80

I am so careless.. ended up choosing E.

There are 80 multiples of 2 in 100^40 and 0 multiples of 3

so 0 * 80 = 0. i need to make sure I am answering the question!!!!
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11 Jun 2019, 02:14
(100)^40 = { (2)^2 * (5)^2 }^40 = ( 2^80 * 5^80)

Given,

2^a * 3^b is a factor of (100)^40 (= ( 2^80 * 5^80)). This is possible for a=80 and b=0.

Hence, a*b = 80*0 = 0

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