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# If n is a positive integer and n^2 is divisible by 72, then

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07 Oct 2005, 03:51
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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

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07 Oct 2005, 05:37
I pick b.

72=3^2*2^3

n is at least 3*2^2

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07 Oct 2005, 15:33
n^2 is divisible by 72:
So,
n^2 = 72, n is not an integer
n^2 = 144, n = 12
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n^2 = 576, n = 24
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n^2 = (72)(72), n = 72

This implies that all perfect squares of n are multiples of 12. So 12 it is.

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