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If x and y are positive integers, is the total number of positive divisors of x^3 a multiple of the total number of positive divisors of y^2?

(1) x = 4

(2) y = 6

\(x,y\,\, \geqslant 1\,\,\,{\text{ints}}\)

\(\frac{{\,\# \,\,{\text{posit}}\,\,{\text{div}}\,\,{\text{of}}\,\,{x^3}\,}}{{\# \,\,{\text{posit}}\,\,{\text{div}}\,\,{\text{of}}\,\,{y^2}}}\,\,\,\mathop = \limits^? \,\,\,\operatorname{int}\)

\(\left( 1 \right)\,\,\,x = {2^2}\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\# \,\,{\text{posit}}\,\,{\text{div}}\,\,{\text{of}}\,\,{x^3}\left( { = {2^{\,6}}} \right)\,\,\, = \,\,\,7\)

\(\left\{ \begin{gathered}

\,{\text{Take}}\,\,y = 1\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\left\langle {{\text{YES}}} \right\rangle \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\left( {\frac{7}{1} = \operatorname{int} } \right)\,\, \hfill \\

\,{\text{Take}}\,\,y = 2\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\left\langle {{\text{NO}}} \right\rangle \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\left( {\frac{7}{3} \ne \operatorname{int} } \right)\,\, \hfill \\

\end{gathered} \right.\)

\(\left( 2 \right)\,\,\,y = 2 \cdot 3\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\# \,\,{\text{posit}}\,\,{\text{div}}\,\,{\text{of}}\,\,{y^2}\left( { = {2^2} \cdot {3^2}} \right)\,\,\, = \,\,\,9\)

\(x = 1\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\# \,\,{\text{posit}}\,\,{\text{div}}\,\,{\text{of}}\,\,{1^3}\left( { = 1} \right)\,\,\, = \,\,\,1\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\,\left\langle {{\text{NO}}} \right\rangle \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\)

\(x = {\text{prime}}\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\# \,\,{\text{posit}}\,\,{\text{div}}\,\,{\text{of}}\,\,{x^3}\,\,\, = \,\,\,3 + 1 = 4\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\,\left\langle {{\text{NO}}} \right\rangle \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\)

\(x = {\text{prime}}{{\text{s}}^{\,{\text{positive}}\,\,{\text{integers}}}}\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\# \,\,{\text{posit}}\,\,{\text{div}}\,\,{\text{of}}\,\,{x^3}\,\,\, = \,\,\,\,\left[ {({\text{posit}}\,{\text{mult}}\,\,{\text{of}}\,\,3) + 1} \right]\,\,\,{\text{product}}\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\,\left\langle {{\text{NO}}} \right\rangle \,\,\)

This solution follows the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method.

Regards,

Fabio.

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