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If n and y are positive integers and 450y=n^3, which of the

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04 Apr 2006, 02:30
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If n and y are positive integers and 450y=n^3, which of the following must be an integer?

I. y/3*2^2*5

II. y/3^2*2*5

III. y/3*2*5^2

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04 Apr 2006, 09:08
450y = n^3
2*3^2*5^2 y = n^3
So if both n and y are integers, we need to have a look
at what the least y could be so that 450 y = n^3.

The least possible y is 2^2*3*5, cause these are the
missing parts so that a third cube out of the term could
lead to an integer (--> n).

450 * 2^2*3*5 = (2*3*5)^3

So even in this case, y is divisible by 2^2*3*5.

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04 Apr 2006, 11:09
Good explanation ccax

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04 Apr 2006, 11:09
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