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What is the least \(N\) such that \(N!\) is divisible by 1000? (A) 8 (B) 10 (C) 15 (D) 20 (E) 25 Source: GMAT Club Tests  hardest GMAT questions



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Ans C 1000= 5^3 * 2^3
Least Number that has 5^3 * 2^3 is 15!



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C. 15! has 10*(4*5)*(8*15) = atleast 3 0's at the end
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1000 = 2^3 x 5^3 so, we are looking for a number N such that N! contains at least 2^3 x 5^3 as factors. A. 8! = 2^3.7.6.5.4! .... only 2^3.5 wrong B. 10! = (2*5).9.8.7.6.5.4!...only 2^3.5^2 wrong, we need an additional 5. C. 15! = (3*5).(2*7).13.(2*6).11.(2*5).9.8! 2^3.5^3 is available in 15!...corect D. 20! we looking for the least 20! is not necessary E. 25! same as option D
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ritula wrote: What is the least \(N\) such that \(N!\) is divisible by 1000? (A) 8 (B) 10 (C) 15 (D) 20 (E) 25 Source: GMAT Club Tests  hardest GMAT questions \(n!\) to be divisible by 1,000 it must have 3 trailing zeros. So \(n\) must have 3 factors of 5 in it, so the answer is 15 as 15/5=3. Answer: C. For more on trailing zeros see: everythingaboutfactorialsonthegmat85592.htmlHope it helps.
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Since 1000 = 2^3 x 5^3 we need 3 times 5 to do that job. 5*10*15 makes this. simple. C
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1000= 2^3 * 5^3 So you need at least a number that will repeat the 5 three times for you.....C ritula wrote: What is the least \(N\) such that \(N!\) is divisible by 1000? (A) 8 (B) 10 (C) 15 (D) 20 (E) 25 Source: GMAT Club Tests  hardest GMAT questions
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For such questions, always work through the answers choice from lowest to highest i.e. A to E. The moment you get an answers that matches, stop and mark that as the answer and move on. 1000 = 2^3 x 5^3 N! has to contain 2^3 x 5^3 as factors. A) 8! > only 2^3 * 5^1 > wrong B) 10! > only 2^3 * 5^2 > wrong C) 15! = > 2^3 * 5^3 > BINGO
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For the N! to be divisible by 1,000, it needs 3 5's and 3 2's in it (5^3 and 2^3). We can just look at 5's since 2's will be more abundant. There are some good posts on divisibility by factors of 10 that work out this more clearly.
As we go up from 1!, we would get a 5 in each of: 5, 10, and 15. If you want to check there are three 2's by the time you get to 4! so we're covered. 15! will be the first that is divisible by 1,000.
It might be tempting to look at 10! since you get above 100 so quickly, but 10! if 3,628,800, which /1,000 is not an integer (done in excel, not needed on the test or if you understand the concepts.



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since 1000 = 2*2*2*5*5*5 N! should include three 5s => 5, 10 & 15



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easy.. ans is C. 1000=5*5*5*2*2*2 2 wont create any problem , we need to look for 5. min no in which we will get three 5 is 15 (5,10,15). 15!=1*2*3*4*5*6*7*8*9*10*11*12*13*14*15
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C.1000= 5^3 * 2^3 so you need 3 5's in your answer, which C gives you. or that's at least my thought process



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Bunuel rocks!! i used his method to get this answer in 10 sec.



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easy one C is the answer



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sarathy wrote: For such questions, always work through the answers choice from lowest to highest i.e. A to E. The moment you get an answers that matches, stop and mark that as the answer and move on.
I would add that for "least" questions this should be done. The opposite should be done for "greatest".



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What is the least \(N\) such that \(N!\) is divisible by 1000? we need "three zeros" in the factorial multiplication as 1000 has it in. (A) 8 it will have only one zero  2 & 5 will multiply and get one zero incorrect(B) 10 it will give two zeros 2&5 will give one zero ; 10 will have one  incorrect(C) 15 it will give 3 zeros  2&5;10;12&15 correct(D) 20 more than 3 zeros (E) 25 more than 3 zeros
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Bunuel that is awesome. Great time saver. Thank you kindly.
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Here for n! to be divisible by 1000 it must have atleast 3 fives as the number of 2's will always be ample. To have 3 fives n must be 15. Hence C
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