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# What is greatest positive integer n such that 2^n is a factor of 12^10

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What is greatest positive integer n such that 2^n is a factor of 12^10?

a)10
b)12
c)16
d)20
e)60
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What is greatest positive integer n such that 2^n is a factor of 12^10?

a)10
b)12
c)16
d)20
e)60

Please show me the easy way to solve such question...

The given number is 12^10
=(2*2*3)^10
=(2^20)*(3^10)

So the greatest possible value for n such that 2^n can be factor of given number is 20.

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What is greatest positive integer n such that 2^n is a factor of 12^10?

a)10
b)12
c)16
d)20
e)60

Please show me the easy way to solve such question...

$$12^{10} = (2^2*3)^{10} = 2^{20}*3^{10}$$
The greatest value of n such that $$2^n$$ is a factor of $$12^{10}$$ is 20.

Such questions are more popular and a little more complex with factorials. e.g. What is greatest positive integer n such that $$2^n$$ is a factor of 12!
Try this one.
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07 Mar 2016, 09:36
What is greatest positive integer n such that 2^n is a factor of 12^10?

a)10
b)12
c)16
d)20
e)60

Similar question to practice: what-is-the-largest-integer-n-such-that-2-n-is-a-factor-of-158297.html
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14 Mar 2016, 05:57
Nice One.
Here breaking down 12^10 => 2^20 *3^10
so 20 is our answer
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