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If n is a positive integer and n^2 is divisible by 72, then the largest positive integer that must divide n is

(A) 6 (B) 12 (C) 24 (D) 36 (E) 48

The largest positive integer that must divide \(n\), means for the least value of \(n\) which satisfies the given statement in the question. The lowest square of an integer, which is multiple of \(72\) is \(144\) --> \(n^2=144=12^2=72*2\) --> \(n_{min}=12\). Largest factor of \(12\) is \(12\).

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Given: \(72k=n^2\), where \(k\) is an integer \(\geq1\) (as \(n\) is positive).

\(72k=n^2\) --> \(n=6\sqrt{2k}\), as \(n\) is an integer \(\sqrt{2k}\), also must be an integer. The lowest value of \(k\), for which \(\sqrt{2k}\) is an integer is when \(k=2\) --> \(\sqrt{2k}=\sqrt{4}=2\) --> \(n=6\sqrt{2k}=6*2=12\)

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\(\frac{n*n}{72}\) = \(\frac{n*n}{2*2*2*3*3}\) This means n should be at least 2*2*3. Otherwise \(n^2\) won't be divisible by 72

What is the largest integer that can divide n? Let's see, largest integer that can divide 2? 2 Largest integer that can divide 3? 3 Largest integer that can divide n is n itself

If n is a positive integer and n^2 is divisible by 72, then the largest positive integer that must divide n is

(A) 6 (B) 12 (C) 24 (D) 36 (E) 48

The largest positive integer that must divide \(n\), means for the least value of \(n\) which satisfies the given statement in the question. The lowest square of an integer, which is multiple of \(72\) is \(144\) --> \(n^2=144=12^2=72*2\) --> \(n_{min}=12\). Largest factor of \(12\) is \(12\).

OR:

Given: \(72k=n^2\), where \(k\) is an integer \(\geq1\) (as \(n\) is positive).

\(72k=n^2\) --> \(n=6\sqrt{2k}\), as \(n\) is an integer \(\sqrt{2k}\), also must be an integer. The lowest value of \(k\), for which \(\sqrt{2k}\) is an integer is when \(k=2\) --> \(\sqrt{2k}=\sqrt{4}=2\) --> \(n=6\sqrt{2k}=6*2=12\)

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28 Jul 2014, 09:02

Bunuel wrote:

SOLUTION

If n is a positive integer and n^2 is divisible by 72, then the largest positive integer that must divide n is

(A) 6 (B) 12 (C) 24 (D) 36 (E) 48

The largest positive integer that must divide \(n\), means for the least value of \(n\) which satisfies the given statement in the question. The lowest square of an integer, which is multiple of \(72\) is \(144\) --> \(n^2=144=12^2=72*2\) --> \(n_{min}=12\). Largest factor of \(12\) is \(12\).

OR:

Given: \(72k=n^2\), where \(k\) is an integer \(\geq1\) (as \(n\) is positive).

\(72k=n^2\) --> \(n=6\sqrt{2k}\), as \(n\) is an integer \(\sqrt{2k}\), also must be an integer. The lowest value of \(k\), for which \(\sqrt{2k}\) is an integer is when \(k=2\) --> \(\sqrt{2k}=\sqrt{4}=2\) --> \(n=6\sqrt{2k}=6*2=12\)

How can the part highlighted in bold be concluded fro the question stem "The largest positive integer that must divide n, means for the least value of n"??

In absence of this even 48 looks like a valid answer, as 48^2 is divisible by 72 and 48 is divisible by itself.

Please help!!

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If n is a positive integer and n^2 is divisible by 72, then the largest positive integer that must divide n is

(A) 6 (B) 12 (C) 24 (D) 36 (E) 48

The largest positive integer that must divide \(n\), means for the least value of \(n\) which satisfies the given statement in the question. The lowest square of an integer, which is multiple of \(72\) is \(144\) --> \(n^2=144=12^2=72*2\) --> \(n_{min}=12\). Largest factor of \(12\) is \(12\).

OR:

Given: \(72k=n^2\), where \(k\) is an integer \(\geq1\) (as \(n\) is positive).

\(72k=n^2\) --> \(n=6\sqrt{2k}\), as \(n\) is an integer \(\sqrt{2k}\), also must be an integer. The lowest value of \(k\), for which \(\sqrt{2k}\) is an integer is when \(k=2\) --> \(\sqrt{2k}=\sqrt{4}=2\) --> \(n=6\sqrt{2k}=6*2=12\)

How can the part highlighted in bold be concluded fro the question stem "The largest positive integer that must divide n, means for the least value of n"??

In absence of this even 48 looks like a valid answer, as 48^2 is divisible by 72 and 48 is divisible by itself.

Please help!!

Regards, Sagar

We need the largest positive integer that MUST divide n. So, we should find the least value of n for which n^2 is divisible by 72, and if that n is divisible by some number then so will be every other n's (MUST condition will be satisfied). The least positive n for which n^2 is divisible by 72 is 12 (12^2 = 144, which is divisible by 72). So, even if n = 12 it is divisible by 12 but not divisible by 24, 36 or 48.

Follow the links in my previous post for similar questions to understand the concept better.
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14 Mar 2015, 07:56

Bunuel wrote:

itsworththepain wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

SOLUTION

We need the largest positive integer that MUST divide n. So, we should find the least value of n for which n^2 is divisible by 72, and if that n is divisible by some number then so will be every other n's (MUST condition will be satisfied). The least positive n for which n^2 is divisible by 72 is 12 (12^2 = 144, which is divisible by 72). So, even if n = 12 it is divisible by 12 but not divisible by 24, 36 or 48.

Follow the links in my previous post for similar questions to understand the concept better.

I don't actually understand this either, why is it implied that we need the least value for n? I mean, as the previous poster said. 48^2 too, is divisible by 72 and 48/48 = 1.

Why is it (I mean, how do I interpret from the question that we need the least value for n)

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21 Jun 2015, 04:16

Let's make it look easy

72= 2*2*2*3*3 we need one more 2 in order to make a perfect square we need an even number of primes --> we need one (2) --> 72*2 =144, Take a square root of it an you'll get 12 (B)
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23 Nov 2015, 02:24

I would like to emphasize one point here (which I think is not very explicit in previous answers). The following step is straightforward, n^2 = 72 M = 2*6*6*M, where M is an integer. For perfect square, even prime factors are needed. That is, n^2= 2*6*6*2*m (for some integer m different from M) Since, n>0, n= (2*6)*k , where k is some other integer. That implies, n=12k where k is an integer. Meaning, n is not just a single number but any multiple of 12. This is where the question phrase, "then the largest positive integer that must divide n is.." plays the part. Since k= 1 or 2 or 3 or any other integer, no matter how large the number, "12" would be the number that would always divide "n". 6 would do the same (so would 3 or 4 or 2 hypothetically). But the largest one to always divide "n" would be "12" [among 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 or 12].

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18 Apr 2017, 06:43

Option B

\(n^2 = 72x = 2^3*3^2*x = 2^4*3^2*w\) : A perfect square contains Even powers of all the prime factors. [x, w & k are integers] \(n = 2^2*3*k = 12k\) \(k = \frac{n}{12}\) = integer.

12 is the largest integer which must divide n evenly.
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22 Sep 2017, 10:49

72 = 2^3 * 3^2

Given that n^2 is divisible by 72. So in order to satisfy this condition, n has to have a minimum value of 2^2 * 3^2 squaring which would be divisible by 72. Hence n = 12 and largest possible value that can divide n is 12.