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If x is the smallest positive integer that is not prime and not a factor of 50!, what is the sum of the factors of x?

A. 51 B. 54 C. 72 D. 162 E. 50!+2

Thanks for posting -- would be great for you to post the source of the question for easier reference in the future. That said, the factors of 50! are all the numbers from 1-50. The smallest positive integer that is not prime and not a factor of 50! is therefore 51. The factors of 51 are 1, 3, 17, and 51. The sum of those four numbers is 72.

Thoughts?

-Brian

In fact 51=3*17 IS a factor of 50!.

The smallest positive integer that is NOT prime and NOT a factor of 50! is 106=2*53. The sum of the factors of 106 is 162.

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31 Jul 2013, 05:34

brianlange77 wrote:

Just for the sake of debate --- explain to me again how the number 51 (not its factors, but the number itself) is a factor of 50!? Thanks. -Brian

If x is the smallest positive integer that is not prime and not a factor of 50!, what is the sum of the factors of x?

If \(x=51\), then \(x\) is a factor of \(50!\), \(\frac{50!}{51}=integer\). I do not get what you mean by "not its factors, but the number itself"...

Do you mean something like \(50!=1*2*4*...*16*...*18*...*50\)[all numbers except 3 and 17]\(*51\) ? (so you see the 51 in the number 50! ?)
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31 Jul 2013, 13:20

Bunuel wrote:

brianlange77 wrote:

If x is the smallest positive integer that is not prime and not a factor of 50!, what is the sum of the factors of x?

A. 51 B. 54 C. 72 D. 162 E. 50!+2

Thanks for posting -- would be great for you to post the source of the question for easier reference in the future. That said, the factors of 50! are all the numbers from 1-50. The smallest positive integer that is not prime and not a factor of 50! is therefore 51. The factors of 51 are 1, 3, 17, and 51. The sum of those four numbers is 72.

Thoughts?

-Brian

In fact 51=3*17 IS a factor of 50!.

The smallest positive integer that is NOT prime and NOT a factor of 50! is 106=2*53. The sum of the factors of 106 is 162.

Answer: D.

Bunuel,

How did you know it was 106=53*2? What is the thought process.

53 is a prime a number, obviously not in 50!. 53 cannot be the answer because the number must not be a factor of 50! and not a prime. How do you know for sure that there are not any numbers between 51 and 106 that might satisfy the condition?

-51 has factors of 3 and 17, so that's out, because those are both factors of 50! -52 has factors of 2 (twice) and 13, so that's out... -53 is not a factor of 50!, but it's prime -But, 106 (which is 2*53) is the next smallest choice (any other non-factors between 53 and 106 would also be prime, violating the terms of the problem.)

Thoughts?
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01 Aug 2013, 01:27

Bunuel wrote:

brianlange77 wrote:

If x is the smallest positive integer that is not prime and not a factor of 50!, what is the sum of the factors of x?

A. 51 B. 54 C. 72 D. 162 E. 50!+2

Thanks for posting -- would be great for you to post the source of the question for easier reference in the future. That said, the factors of 50! are all the numbers from 1-50. The smallest positive integer that is not prime and not a factor of 50! is therefore 51. The factors of 51 are 1, 3, 17, and 51. The sum of those four numbers is 72.

Thoughts?

-Brian

In fact 51=3*17 IS a factor of 50!.

The smallest positive integer that is NOT prime and NOT a factor of 50! is 106=2*53. The sum of the factors of 106 is 162.

Answer: D.

Yes Bunuel you absolutely correct the answer should be D...

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brianlange77 wrote:

I'll start the answer process for you....

-51 has factors of 3 and 17, so that's out, because those are both factors of 50! -52 has factors of 2 (twice) and 13, so that's out... -53 is not a factor of 50!, but it's prime -But, 106 (which is 2*53) is the next smallest choice (any other non-factors between 53 and 106 would also be prime, violating the terms of the problem.)

Thoughts?

Hi Brain,

In this case 106 which is 2*53 but 2 is a factor of 50! as in the previous case of 51 was out because 3 and 17 were factors of 50!.

can u explain y answer is 106 even 2 is in factor of 50!?

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rrsnathan wrote:

brianlange77 wrote:

I'll start the answer process for you....

-51 has factors of 3 and 17, so that's out, because those are both factors of 50! -52 has factors of 2 (twice) and 13, so that's out... -53 is not a factor of 50!, but it's prime -But, 106 (which is 2*53) is the next smallest choice (any other non-factors between 53 and 106 would also be prime, violating the terms of the problem.)

Thoughts?

Hi Brain,

In this case 106 which is 2*53 but 2 is a factor of 50! as in the previous case of 51 was out because 3 and 17 were factors of 50!.

can u explain y answer is 106 even 2 is in factor of 50!?

regards, RRSNATHAN

The number in discussion is 106. We need to see if that number is a factor of 50! or not. We need not worry about 2 being a factor right...

Eg: (100/14) => 50*2/7*2 Does not imply 14 is a factor of 100...

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20 Aug 2013, 22:34

avinashrao9 wrote:

rrsnathan wrote:

brianlange77 wrote:

I'll start the answer process for you....

-51 has factors of 3 and 17, so that's out, because those are both factors of 50! -52 has factors of 2 (twice) and 13, so that's out... -53 is not a factor of 50!, but it's prime -But, 106 (which is 2*53) is the next smallest choice (any other non-factors between 53 and 106 would also be prime, violating the terms of the problem.)

Thoughts?

Hi Brain,

In this case 106 which is 2*53 but 2 is a factor of 50! as in the previous case of 51 was out because 3 and 17 were factors of 50!.

can u explain y answer is 106 even 2 is in factor of 50!?

regards, RRSNATHAN

The number in discussion is 106. We need to see if that number is a factor of 50! or not. We need not worry about 2 being a factor right...

Eg: (100/14) => 50*2/7*2 Does not imply 14 is a factor of 100...

Hi anybody pls explain this

Still i am not clear in this.

In explanation it is mentioned as -51 has factors of 3 and 17, so that's out, because those are both factors of 50! Here its mentioned as 3 and 17 are the factors of 59!.

In the same way 106 has two factors 2 and 53 in this 2 is the factor of 50! or not??

In this case 106 which is 2*53 but 2 is a factor of 50! as in the previous case of 51 was out because 3 and 17 were factors of 50!.

can u explain y answer is 106 even 2 is in factor of 50!?

regards, RRSNATHAN

The number in discussion is 106. We need to see if that number is a factor of 50! or not. We need not worry about 2 being a factor right...

Eg: (100/14) => 50*2/7*2 Does not imply 14 is a factor of 100...

Hi anybody pls explain this

Still i am not clear in this.

In explanation it is mentioned as -51 has factors of 3 and 17, so that's out, because those are both factors of 50! Here its mentioned as 3 and 17 are the factors of 59!.

In the same way 106 has two factors 2 and 53 in this 2 is the factor of 50! or not??

plz explain this.

Thanks in advance, -Rrsnathan

Your question is not clear.

x is the smallest positive integer that is not prime and not a factor of 50! --> x=106 --> 106 is NOT a prime and is NOT a factor of 50!.
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21 Aug 2013, 02:52

Hi,

Thanks for the explanation.

106 is NOT a prime and is NOT a factor of 50! if this ur explanation

Then 51! is also not factor of 50! and not prime too. For omitting this we had an explanation as " 51 has factors of 3 and 17, so that's out, because those are both factors of 50!"

The same explanation will go for 106 - as 106 has factors 2 and 53, 2 is factors of 50! right?

Please explain this.

Thanks in advance, Rrsnathan.

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106 is NOT a prime and is NOT a factor of 50! if this ur explanation

Then 51! is also not factor of 50! and not prime too. For omitting this we had an explanation as " 51 has factors of 3 and 17, so that's out, because those are both factors of 50!"

The same explanation will go for 106 - as 106 has factors 2 and 53, both are in factors of 50! right?

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Bunuel wrote:

rrsnathan wrote:

Hi,

Thanks for the explanation.

106 is NOT a prime and is NOT a factor of 50! if this ur explanation

Then 51! is also not factor of 50! and not prime too. For omitting this we had an explanation as " 51 has factors of 3 and 17, so that's out, because those are both factors of 50!"

The same explanation will go for 106 - as 106 has factors 2 and 53, both are in factors of 50! right?

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If x is the smallest positive integer that is not prime and not a factor of 50!, what is the sum of the factors of x? A. 51 B. 54 C. 72 D. 162 E. 50!+2

This question has been discussed before, but I could not understand something from Bunuel's reply. he said In fact 51=3*17 IS a factor of 50!. The smallest positive integer that is NOT prime and NOT a factor of 50! is 106=2*53. The sum of the factors of 106 is 162.

I understand that 53 is not factor of 50! since it is prime,, so multiplying by 2 make 53 not prime and not factor of 50! as well. But, can someone explain how we can tell that none between 53 and 106 is not factor of 50!? Is it becuase only prime numbers greater than 50 is not factors of 50! so the smallest prime greater than 50 is 53 and thus 106 is smallest ineter that is NOT prime and NOT a factor of 50!?

If x is the smallest positive integer that is not prime and not a factor of 50!, what is the sum of the factors of x? A. 51 B. 54 C. 72 D. 162 E. 50!+2

This question has been discussed before, but I could not understand something from Bunuel's reply. he said In fact 51=3*17 IS a factor of 50!. The smallest positive integer that is NOT prime and NOT a factor of 50! is 106=2*53. The sum of the factors of 106 is 162.

I understand that 53 is not factor of 50! since it is prime,, so multiplying by 2 make 53 not prime and not factor of 50! as well. But, can someone explain how we can tell that none between 53 and 106 is not factor of 50!? Is it becuase only prime numbers greater than 50 is not factors of 50! so the smallest prime greater than 50 is 53 and thus 106 is smallest ineter that is NOT prime and NOT a factor of 50!?

Let me know please.

All numbers between 50 and 106, are either primes (and we know that x is NOT a prime) or factors of 50!, because it has all their primes in higher powers. For example:

59 is a prime, hence x cannot be 59. 60 = 2^2*3*5. 50! will for sure have 2, 3, and 5 in higher power than 2, 1 and 1, respectively.

Hope it's clear.

P.S. Please do not double post a topic, put your questions in existing one. Thank you.
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The first number after n that will not be a factor of n! is the first prime after n. If the number cannot be a prime, then the first number that will not be a factor of n! is the p*2, where p is the first prime after n.

So in our case x will be 53*2=106 and the sum of the factors of 106 is 162.
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