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# If (n+1)! + (n+2)! = n!*440. What is the sum of the digits of n?

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Re: If (n+1)! + (n+2)! = n!*440. What is the sum of the digits of n? [#permalink]
Bunuel wrote:
If (n+1)! + (n+2)! = n!*440. What is the sum of the digits of n?

A. 3
B. 8
C. 10
D. 11
E. 12

(n+1)! + (n+2)! = n!*440
(n+1)*n!+n!*(n+1)*(n+2) = n!*440
simplify we get
(n+1)*(n+3)=440
n=19
sum of digits ; 1+9 ; 10
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Re: If (n+1)! + (n+2)! = n!*440. What is the sum of the digits of n? [#permalink]
Bunuel wrote:
If (n+1)! + (n+2)! = n!*440. What is the sum of the digits of n?

A. 3
B. 8
C. 10
D. 11
E. 12

Recall that (n + 1)! = (n + 1)(n!) and (n + 2)! = (n + 2)(n + 1)(n!), so we can factor out n! from the left-hand side of the equation:

n![(n+1) + (n+2)(n+1)] = n!*440

Canceling out the n! from both sides, we have:

n + 1 + n^2 + 3n + 2 = 440

n^2 + 4n - 437 = 0

(n -19)(n + 23) = 0

n = 19 or n = -23

Since n can’t be negative, n = 19, and thus the sum of the digits of n is 1 + 9 = 10.

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Bunuel wrote:
If (n+1)! + (n+2)! = (n!)(440). What is the sum of the digits of n?

A. 3
B. 8
C. 10
D. 11
E. 12

Key concepts:
(n+1)! = (n+1)(n!)
(n+2)! = (n+2)(n+1)(n!)

So, we can rewrite the original equation as: (n+1)(n!)! + (n+2)(n+1)(n!) = (n!)(440)
Divide both sides by n! to get: (n+1) + (n+2)(n+1) = 440
Expand left side to get: (n+1) + n² + 3n + 2 = 440
Simplify left side to get: n² + 4n + 3 = 440
Subtract 440 from both sides to get: n² + 4n - 437 = 0
Factor: (n + 23)(n - 19) = 0

So, EITHER n = -23 OR n = 19
Since we n cannot be negative in a factorial, n must equal 19

Sum of digits = 1 + 9 = 10

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Brebnt

Hi Brent,

I was able to make my way till the highlighted part but then could not figure out the factorization piece. I remember leaving out a question in between because of the same issue during my first attempt. Any shortcuts on the same? Am I expected to memorize all multiplication tables from 1 to 20?

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