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If p is an integer and 3^p is a factor of 300!, what is the maximum

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If p is an integer and 3^p is a factor of 300!, what is the maximum possible value of p?

A.100
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C.133
D.147
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Number of primes p in n! -> Remainder addition of [n/p + n/p^2 + n/p^3...]


Number of threes in 300! ->
=>300/3 + 300/9 + 300/27 + 300/81 + 300/243
=> 100 + 33 + 11 + 3 + 1
=> 148

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Can this method be used as 2^n aswell?

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Please find below the link to the thread on factorials
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Finding the powers of a prime number p, in the n!

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If p is an integer and 3^p is a factor of 300!, what is the maximum possible value of p?

A.100
B.101
C.133
D.147
E.148

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\(\frac{300}{3} = 100\)
\(\frac{100}{3} = 33\)
\(\frac{33}{3} = 11\)
\(\frac{11}{3} = 3\)
\(\frac{3}{3} = 1\)

So, the maximum possible value of p will be 100 + 33 + 11 + 3 + 1 = 148 , answer must be (E)

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Can this method be used as 2^n aswell?

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Re: If p is an integer and 3^p is a factor of 300!, what is the maximum  [#permalink]

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New post 22 Jan 2018, 00:02
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stonecold wrote:
Number of primes p in n! -> Remainder addition of [n/p + n/p^2 + n/p^3...]


Number of threes in 300! ->
=>300/3 + 300/9 + 300/27 + 300/81 + 300/243
=> 100 + 33 + 11 + 3 + 1
=> 148

Smash that E.


Hi stonecold :-) i think you smashed correctly :)

can you please advice (if you know any) some article about how to solve such kind of questions "3^p is a factor of 300!"

i had no idea how to approach it, :-)

thanks! :-)


Check this post for a detailed discussion:
https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/0 ... actorials/
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