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If the least common multiple of a positive integer \(x\), \(4^3\) and \(6^5\) is \(6^6\). Then \(x\) can take how many values?

A. \(1\)
B. \(6\)
C. \(7\)
D. \(30\)
E. \(36\)
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If the least common multiple of a positive integer \(x\), \(4^3\) and \(6^5\) is \(6^6\). Then \(x\) can take how many values?

A. \(1\)
B. \(6\)
C. \(7\)
D. \(30\)
E. \(36\)


We are given that \(6^6=2^{6}*3^{6}\) is the least common multiple of the following three numbers:

\(x\);

\(4^3=2^6\);

\(6^5 = 2^{5}*3^5\);

First notice that \(x\) cannot have any other primes other than 2 or/and 3, because LCM contains only these primes.

Now, since the power of 3 in LCM is higher than the powers of 3 in either the second number or in the third, than \(x\) must have \(3^{6}\) as its multiple (else how \(3^{6}\) would appear in LCM?).

Next, \(x\) can have 2 as its prime in ANY power ranging from 0 to 6, inclusive (it cannot have higher power of 2 since LCM limits the power of 2 to 6).

Thus, \(x\) could take total of 7 values.


Answer: C
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Hi Bunuel I do not understand why 7 but not 8 ?
according to my count, it is supposed to be 3^6, 2^0, 2^1, 2^2, 2^3, 2^4, 2^5, 2^6 ????? I do not get it ! Can you explain it for me ! many thanks !

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Hi Bunuel I do not understand why 7 but not 8 ?
according to my count, it is supposed to be 3^6, 2^0, 2^1, 2^2, 2^3, 2^4, 2^5, 2^6 ????? I do not get it ! Can you explain it for me ! many thanks !


x could be:

\(3^6\);
\(2*3^6\);
\(2^2*3^6\);
\(2^3*3^6\);
\(2^4*3^6\);
\(2^5*3^6\);
\(2^6*3^6\).

7 values!
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Woa !, Why did not I think about that ! Tks Bunuel my head was just mixed up when solving this problem !!!

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I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation.

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I did this as follows

4^3 = 2^6
6^5 = 2^5 & 3^5

6^6 = 2^6 3^6

So, 2^6 is fully deductible from 6^6
3^5 is fully deductible from 6^6

So the leftover values are 2^5, 3 , x

So should the answer be 6 or 7?

I chose 6

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I did this as follows

4^3 = 2^6
6^5 = 2^5 & 3^5

6^6 = 2^6 3^6

So, 2^6 is fully deductible from 6^6
3^5 is fully deductible from 6^6

So the leftover values are 2^5, 3 , x

So should the answer be 6 or 7?

I chose 6


x could be:

\(3^6\);
\(2*3^6\);
\(2^2*3^6\);
\(2^3*3^6\);
\(2^4*3^6\);
\(2^5*3^6\);
\(2^6*3^6\).

7 values!
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to be the least common multipler doesnt mean that 6^6 is the greatest number?
why can x be 2^2*6^6?

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to be the least common multipler doesnt mean that 6^6 is the greatest number?
why can x be 2^2*6^6?

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x cannot be 2^2*6^6. Where does it say that it can?

x could be:

\(3^6\);
\(2*3^6\);
\(2^2*3^6\);
\(2^3*3^6\);
\(2^4*3^6\);
\(2^5*3^6\);
\(2^6*3^6\).

7 values!
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