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If m, p, and t are distinct positive prime numbers, then (m^3)(p)(t) has how many different positive factors greater than 1?

a. 8
b. 9
c. 12
d. 15
e. 27
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If m, p, and t are distinct positive prime numbers, then (m^3)(p)(t) has how many different positive factors greater than 1?

a. 8
b. 9
c. 12
d. 15
e. 27


Number of factors of (2^a)*(3^b)*(5^c) ... = (a+1)(b+1)(c+1) ...

If m, p and t are the distinct prime numbers, then the number is already represented in its prime factorization form
Number of factors = (3+1)(1+1)(1+1) = 16
Out of these, one factor would be 1.

Hence different positive factors greater than 1 = 15
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If m, p, and t are distinct positive prime numbers, then (m^3)(p)(t) has how many different positive factors greater than 1?

a. 8
b. 9
c. 12
d. 15
e. 27



Let Number is (m^3)(p)(t) = (2^3)(3)(5) = 120

We can write 120 as product of two numbers in following ways
1*120
2*60
3*40
4*30
5*24
6*20
8*15
10*12

8 cases = 8*2 i.e. 16 factors (including 1)

Factors greater than 1 = 15

Answer: Option D
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Okay what does "positive " prime numbers signify here ?
Can primes be negative too ?
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I wonder that 16 is not among the answers))
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I wonder that 16 is not among the answers))


You need factors greater than 1. So the number of factors is 16 - 1 = 15.
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I wonder that 16 is not among the answers))


You need factors greater than 1. So the number of factors is 16 - 1 = 15.

Yes i understand this. But GMAT likes to use traps so one can forget to exclude 1 and choose 16. But this answer is not present
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I don't get this one. Is it a formula that you add +1 to each exponent to get # of factors?
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I don't get this one. Is it a formula that you add +1 to each exponent to get # of factors?


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If m, p, and t are distinct positive prime numbers, then (m^3)(p)(t) has how many different positive factors greater than 1?

a. 8
b. 9
c. 12
d. 15
e. 27


To determine the total number of factors of a number, we can add 1 to the exponent of each distinct prime number and multiply together the resulting numbers.

Thus, (m^3)(p)(t) = (m^3)(p^1)(t^1) has (3 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 4 x 2 x 2 = 16 total factors. Since 1 is one of those 16 factors, there are actually 15 different positive factors greater than 1.

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happyface101 wrote:
If m, p, and t are distinct positive prime numbers, then (m^3)(p)(t) has how many different positive factors greater than 1?

a. 8
b. 9
c. 12
d. 15
e. 27


total number of factors = (3+1)(1+1)(1+1) = 16
except 1 number of factors = 16-1 = 15
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m^3*p*t

Total no. of factors= (3+1)(1+1)(1+1)= 4*2*2=16

But 1 is excluded. Therefore the answer is 16-1=15
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