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M and N are two positive integers and each of them has 20 factors. If

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M and N are two positive integers and each of them has 20 factors. If r is the total number of prime factors of M and s is the total number of prime factors of N,then what is the maximum value of r-s?

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c)2
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For the maximum value of r - s, let's find the maximum value of r and the minimum value of s.

Given that r is the total number of prime factors of M, and M is a positive integer that has 20 factors.
For the maximum value of r, let's assume that M = prime number \(p1^{1}p2^{1}p3^{4}\). In such a case, the number of factors of M is 20 and the number of prime factors is 3. We cannot have more than 3 prime numbers for the number of factors to be 20.
Hence, the lowest possible value of r is 3.

Also, Given that s is the total number of prime factors of N, and N is a positive integer that has 20 factors.
For the minimum value of s, let's assume that N = prime number \(p^{19}\). In such a case, the number of factors of N is 20 and the number of prime factors is 1.
Hence, the lowest possible value of s is 1.

Therefore, Max (r) - Min (s) = 3 - 1 = 2. So, the correct answer is option C. 2

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A number with 20 factors can be written as
20 = 2*2*5 or\(a^1 * b^1 * c^4\)
20 = 4*5 or\(a^3 * b^4\)
20 = 10*2 or \(a^9 * b^1\)
20 = 20 or \(a^19\)

where a, b, c are prime factors
Hence a number with 20 factors can have a maximum of 3 and a minimum of 1 prime factors
3-1 = 2
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