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If a factor of the number $$2^33^55^27^4$$ is selected at random. What is the probability that it is odd?

A. $$\frac{1}{3}$$

B. $$\frac{1}{4}$$

C. $$\frac{1}{2}$$

D. $$\frac{6}{13}$$

E. $$\frac{11}{14}$$

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If a factor of the number $$2^33^55^27^4$$ is selected at random. What is the probability that it is odd?

A. $$\frac{1}{3}$$

B. $$\frac{1}{4}$$

C. $$\frac{1}{2}$$

D. $$\frac{6}{13}$$

E. $$\frac{11}{14}$$

Let N = $$2^33^55^27^4$$
Total factors of N = $$(3 + 1)*(5 + 1)*(2 + 1)*(4 + 1) = 4*6*3*5$$

Odd factors of N is same as total factors of $$3^55^27^4$$ = $$(5 + 1)*(2 + 1)*(4 + 1) = 6*3*5$$

Probability of Odd factors = $$\frac{6*3*5}{4*6*3*5} = \frac{1}{4}$$

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Total Factors: 4*6*3*5=360
Dismiss prime two from the set to get only odd factors: 6*3*5=90

So the prob to pick only odd is $$\frac{90}{360}=\frac{1}{4}$$

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From 2^3 * 3^5 * 5^2 * 7^4
Total factor = 3+5+2+4 (sum of every exponent) = 14
Odd factor = 5+2+4 (sum of odd exponent) = 11
So, prob. of odd factor = 11/14
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Why aren't we accounting for repeats? There are 6 3's ...

So aren't we counting more than once..and hence need to account for it?i.e. divide the answer

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Why aren't we accounting for repeats? There are 6 3's ...

So aren't we counting more than once..and hence need to account for it?i.e. divide the answer

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When you talk of 3^5 and we taking (5+1) or six 3s, it does not repeat anything
The 6 3s mean 3^0, 3^1, 3^2, 3^3, 3^4 and 3^5.

Solution
2^3*3^5*5^2*7^4
So odd factors will be given by 3^5*5^2*7^4........(5+1)(2+1)(4+1)=6*3*5
Total factors =(3+1)*6*3*5
Probability of odd factors =6*3*5/(4*6*3*5)=1/4

So what is happening here is the probability is just dependent on the power of even number.
Because each odd factor can be multiplied by 2^1 or 2^2 or 2^3, so 3 of them
Thus each odd factor leads to 3 more even factors, thus probability is 1*odd/(1*odd+3*even)=1/4
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Why aren't we accounting for repeats? There are 6 3's ...

So aren't we counting more than once..and hence need to account for it?i.e. divide the answer

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Hi

When you talk of 3^5 and we taking (5+1) or six 3s, it does not repeat anything
The 6 3s mean 3^0, 3^1, 3^2, 3^3, 3^4 and 3^5.

Solution
2^3*3^5*5^2*7^4
So odd factors will be given by 3^5*5^2*7^4........(5+1)(2+1)(4+1)=6*3*5
Total factors =(3+1)*6*3*5
Probability of odd factors =6*3*5/(4*6*3*5)=1/4

So what is happening here is the probability is just dependent on the power of even number.
Because each odd factor can be multiplied by 2^1 or 2^2 or 2^3, so 3 of them
Thus each odd factor leads to 3 more even factors, thus probability is 1*odd/(1*odd+3*even)=1/4

Aah!! Silly mistake... I couldn't recognise that all the powers of 3 are in fact different numbers... Thank you so much ! Re: If a factor of the number 2^33^55^27^4 is selected at random. What is   [#permalink] 17 Dec 2019, 20:53
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