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p is equal to the product of 2^x, 3^y, and 5^z. If x, y, and z are positive integers and x+y+z = 6, what is the smallest possible value of p?

(A) 64
(B) 240
(C) 360
(D) 640
(E) 900

Hi, I was working on this questions below and I assumed that x, y and z had to be 3 different numbers. But apparently I was wrong. I haven't been using math for a long time, but I remember we would always use different letters to refer to different values. So I thought: 1+2+3=6 was correct.
However, based on the final answer, it seems that the correct assumption is x+y+z = 6 = 1+1+4=6. So x= 1 and y also =1

I would be wrong then if I assume in other math problems that different letters refer to different values?
Thanks!
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x, z, and y can have the same value. I got 240 2^4+3*5, since y and z must be > than 0

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MaggieSG, Thank you for posting this question. I made a mistake of considering x =6, y=0 and z=0 only to realize that the question clearly states POSITIVE INTEGERS and 0 is neither positive nor negative. Hence, lesson learnt. Need to keep this fact in mind while solving questions such as this.

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p is equal to the product of 2^x, 3^y, and 5^z. If x, y, and z are positive integers and x+y+z = 6, what is the smallest possible value of p?

(A) 64
(B) 240
(C) 360
(D) 640
(E) 900

Hi, I was working on this questions below and I assumed that x, y and z had to be 3 different numbers. But apparently I was wrong. I haven't been using math for a long time, but I remember we would always use different letters to refer to different values. So I thought: 1+2+3=6 was correct.
However, based on the final answer, it seems that the correct assumption is x+y+z = 6 = 1+1+4=6. So x= 1 and y also =1

I would be wrong then if I assume in other math problems that different letters refer to different values?
Thanks!


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+1 B.

x=4
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=> 2^x*3^y*5^z = 2^4 * 3^1 * 5^1 = 16*3*5 = 240

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x + y + Z = 6
we can chose bigger value for x , as it is power of 2 which is smallest number out of given three values

so x =4 ; y =1 ; z = 1

then 2^x 3^y 5^z => 16*3*5 = 240

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I took a little different approach to solve this question.

p = \(2^x * 3^y * 5^z\)

So, p = multiple of 2*3*5 = 30.

Smallest multiple in answer chose is 240.

Hence, ans: Option B.

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MaggieSG wrote:
p is equal to the product of 2^x, 3^y, and 5^z. If x, y, and z are positive integers and x+y+z = 6, what is the smallest possible value of p?

(A) 64
(B) 240
(C) 360
(D) 640
(E) 900

Hi, I was working on this questions below and I assumed that x, y and z had to be 3 different numbers. But apparently I was wrong. I haven't been using math for a long time, but I remember we would always use different letters to refer to different values. So I thought: 1+2+3=6 was correct.
However, based on the final answer, it seems that the correct assumption is x+y+z = 6 = 1+1+4=6. So x= 1 and y also =1

I would be wrong then if I assume in other math problems that different letters refer to different values?
Thanks!


As we want to make number as small as possible, so we will take power of smallest number i.e 2, as greater as we can take.
so we take,
x=4 :)
y=1 :)
z=1 :)

x+y+z=6

=> 2^x*3^y*5^z = 2^4 * 3^1 * 5^1 = 16*3*5 = 240
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Remember words play important role. since x, y, and z are positive they cannot be 0.

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MaggieSG wrote:
p is equal to the product of 2^x, 3^y, and 5^z. If x, y, and z are positive integers and x+y+z = 6, what is the smallest possible value of p?

(A) 64
(B) 240
(C) 360
(D) 640
(E) 900

\(p = (2^x )( 3^y)(5^z)\)

\(x + y + z = 6\)

\(x, y,\) and \(z\) are positive integers.

Smallest value of '\(p\)' would be when \(x, y , z\) would be smallest positive integers.

\(x = 4\)
\(y = 1\)
\(z = 1\)

\(x+y+z = 4 + 1 + 1 = 6\)

\(p = (2^4)( 3^1)(5^1) = (16)(3)(5) = 240\)

Answer (B)...

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