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If m, n and p are positive integers such that (p^m)^n=256

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[GMAT math practice question]

If \(m, n\) and \(p\) are positive integers such that \((p^m)^n=256\), which of the following could be the value of \(n\)?

I. 1
II. 2
III. 4

A. I and II
B. I and III
C. II and III
D. II only
E. I, II and III
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Let p=16, m=2, n=1. Then (p^m)^n=256. n=1
Let p=4, m=2, n=2. Then (p^m)^n=256. n=2
Let p=2, m=2, n=4. Then (p^m)^n=256. n=4

Hence I, II, III are right. Option E

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[GMAT math practice question]

If \(m, n\) and \(p\) are positive integers such that \((p^m)^n=256\), which of the following could be the value of \(n\)?

I. 1
II. 2
III. 4

A. I and II
B. I and III
C. II and III
D. II only
E. I, II and III


Since we're asked 'which of the following could be' we'll use the answers.
This is an Alternative approach.

If n = 1 then p^m = 256. This works with p=m=4.
If n = 2 then p^m = 16. This works with p=4 and m=2
If n = 4 then p^m = 4. this works with p=m=2.

Therefore (E) is correct.
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Since \(256 = 2^8\), \((p^m)^n = p^{mn} = 2^8.\)
So, \(p = 2\)and \(mn = 8\).
Since \(n\) is a factor of \(8\), \(n\) could be any of the values \(1, 2, 4\), and \(8\).

Therefore, the answer is E.
Answer: E
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256=2^8
So mXn has following combination
8X1
4X2
2X4
1X8

So n can take the value 1, 2, 4, 8
So E
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[GMAT math practice question]

If \(m, n\) and \(p\) are positive integers such that \((p^m)^n=256\), which of the following could be the value of \(n\)?

I. 1
II. 2
III. 4

A. I and II
B. I and III
C. II and III
D. II only
E. I, II and III


\(256^1 = 256\)

\(2^8 = 256\)

Or, \(4^4 = 256\)

Or, \(16^2 = 256\)

Thus, the possible values of n are all 1 , 2 and 4, answer will be (E)
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[GMAT math practice question]

If \(m, n\) and \(p\) are positive integers such that \((p^m)^n=256\), which of the following could be the value of \(n\)?

I. 1
II. 2
III. 4

A. I and II
B. I and III
C. II and III
D. II only
E. I, II and III


\((256^1)^1\) = 256 ; Eliminate (C) and (D)

\((4^2)^2\) = 256 ; Eliminate (B)

\((4^1)^4\) = 256 ; Eliminate (A)

So (E)
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