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The number 18^5 is NOT divisible by:

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The number 18^5 is NOT divisible by:

A. 32
B. 60
C. 108
D. 144
E. 324
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New post 03 Feb 2018, 22:03
ggpapas wrote:
The number 18^5 is NOT divisble by:
A.32
B.60
C.108
D.144
E.324



18^5= 2^5*9^5=2^5*3^10..

We can check the factors of choices now..
But clearly 5 is not a factor of 18^5, so 60 cannot evenly divide it..

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New post 04 Feb 2018, 09:43
ggpapas wrote:
The number 18^5 is NOT divisible by:

A. 32
B. 60
C. 108
D. 144
E. 324


In order to solve these kind of problems, we need to prime factorize
the number and the answer options.

Since we have been asked to check which answer option is not divisible,
we would have to find an answer option which on prime-factorization
contains a factor which does not divide the number

Number(when prime factorized) - \(18^5 = (2*3^2)^5 = 2^5 * 3^{10}\)

Answer options(prime-factorized)
A. \(32 - 2^5\)
B. \(60 - 2^2 * 3 * 5\)
C. \(108 - 2^2 *3^3\)
D. \(144 - 2^4 * 3^2\)
E. \(324 - 2^2 *3^4\)


Since 60 contains a 5 which is not present in the number, it will not divide(Option B)
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