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If K is a factor of positive integer X that has total 8 factors

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If K is a factor of positive integer X that has total 8 factors, then how many prime factors does \(K^2X^n\) have?

A. 2

B. 3

C. \(n^3\)

D. \((n+1)^3\)

E. cannot be determined.

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Isn't the answer actually asking for the number of prime factors of x itself? And that should either be 1 2 or 3 and since there isn't 1 as an option it should be either 2 or 3. So it can't be determined
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workout wrote:
If K is a factor of positive integer X that has total 8 factors, then how many prime factors does \(K^2X^n\) have?

A. 2

B. 3

C. \(n^3\)

D. \((n+1)^3\)

E. cannot be determined.



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yes, it cannot be determined till we do not know what are the number of prime factors of x
1) 8=1*8 so a^7.... just one prime factor.....
2) 8=2*4 so a^1*b^3... so two factors a and b
3) 8=2*2*2 so abc.. 3 factors

so we cannot say for sure if it is 1 or 2 or 3

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chetan2u wrote:
workout wrote:
If K is a factor of positive integer X that has total 8 factors, then how many prime factors does \(K^2X^n\) have?

A. 2

B. 3

C. \(n^3\)

D. \((n+1)^3\)

E. cannot be determined.



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yes, it cannot be determined till we do not know what are the number of prime factors of x


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If K is a factor, the question basically asks the number of favors of x, correct? Because k cannot have any new prime factors

So it can be 1 (a^7)
2( a^3 b^1)
3(a b c)

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rahulkashyap wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
workout wrote:
If K is a factor of positive integer X that has total 8 factors, then how many prime factors does \(K^2X^n\) have?

A. 2

B. 3

C. \(n^3\)

D. \((n+1)^3\)

E. cannot be determined.



rahulkashyap
yes, it cannot be determined till we do not know what are the number of prime factors of x


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If K is a factor, the question basically asks the number of favors of x, correct? Because k cannot have any new prime factors

So it can be 1 (a^7)
2( a^3 b^1)
3(a b c)

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workout wrote:
If K is a factor of positive integer X that has total 8 factors, then how many prime factors does \(K^2X^n\) have?

A. 2

B. 3

C. \(n^3\)

D. \((n+1)^3\)

E. cannot be determined.


Since X has 8 factors, X could be 2 x 3 x 5 = 30 (notice that (1+1)(1+1)(1+1) = 8). Since K is a factor of X, K^2 will not contribute any new prime factor and thus, K^2*X^n has 3 prime factors (namely 2, 3 and 5) However, if X = 2^3 x 3 = 24 (which also has (3+1)(1+1) = 8 factors), then K^2 * X^n has only two prime factors (namely 2 and 3). Therefore, we can’t determine the number of prime factors in K^2 * X^n.

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