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If n is the sum of the first 40 positive integers, what is the greates

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If n is the sum of the first 40 positive integers, what is the greatest prime factor of n?

A. 29
B. 37
C. 41
D. 17
E. 19

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Smokeybear00 wrote:
If n is the sum of the first 40 positive integers, what is the greatest prime factor of n?

A. 29
B. 37
C. 41
D. 17
E. 19

Nice question.

Sum of consecutive integers =

$$\frac{(First Term + Last Term)*(n)}{2}$$, where n = number of terms

The first term is 1. The last term is 40.

Using the formula above, the sum is

$$\frac{(1 + 40)*(40)}{2}$$

=(41)(40) / 2

Stop there. 41 is a factor of the sum, and 41 is prime.

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Smokeybear00 wrote:
If n is the sum of the first 40 positive integers, what is the greatest prime factor of n?

A. 29
B. 37
C. 41
D. 17
E. 19

Another useful formula: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + . . . .+ k = (k)(k+1)/2
So, for example, 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + .... + 10 = (10)(10 + 1)/2 = 110/2 = 55

n = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + . . . .+ 40
= (40)(40 + 1)/2
= (40)(41)/2
= (20)(41)
At this point, we can see that 41 will be the greatest prime factor of n.

For "fun" let's finish the prime factorization of n.
We left off at: n = (20)(41)
Continue to get: n = (2)(2)(5)(41)

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31 Aug 2017, 06:39
Smokeybear00 wrote:
If n is the sum of the first 40 positive integers, what is the greatest prime factor of n?

A. 29
B. 37
C. 41
D. 17
E. 19

n = 1+2+3+4+..... + 40
= 40*41/2 = 20*41

So, greatest prime factor of n = 41
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29 Oct 2018, 15:35
Smokeybear00 wrote:
If n is the sum of the first 40 positive integers, what is the greatest prime factor of n?

A. 29
B. 37
C. 41
D. 17
E. 19

(40+1)/2=20.5 mean→
40*20.5=820 sum→
820=(40/2)(2*20.5)→
820=20*41
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29 Oct 2018, 15:41
Smokeybear00 wrote:
If n is the sum of the first 40 positive integers, what is the greatest prime factor of n?

A. 29
B. 37
C. 41
D. 17
E. 19

Sum of first positive integers = x* (x+1)/2

Where x is the number of integers.

We are given number of positive integers = 40

so n would be 40 * 41/2

41 is the largest prime.

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29 Oct 2018, 17:46
Smokeybear00 wrote:
If n is the sum of the first 40 positive integers, what is the greatest prime factor of n?

A. 29
B. 37
C. 41
D. 17
E. 19

Sum = 40 × 41 / 2 = 820

Answer is simply the greatest prime factor of 820.

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Re: If n is the sum of the first 40 positive integers, what is the greates   [#permalink] 29 Oct 2018, 17:46
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