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# What is the greatest prime factor of 49^19 - 7^35

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What is the greatest prime factor of $$49^{19}-7^{35}$$

A) 2
B) 3
C) 7
D) 13
E) 19

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03 Jan 2017, 13:07
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stonecold wrote:
What is the greatest prime factor of $$49^{19}-7^{35}$$
A)2
B)3
C)7
D)13
E)19

$$(7^2)^{19} - 7^{35} = 7^{38} - 7^{35} = 7^{35}(7^3 - 1) = 7^{35}*342 = 7^{35}*2*3^2*19$$

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27 Jan 2019, 22:17
What is the greatest prime factor of 49^19−7^35

A) 2
B) 3
C) 7
D) 13
E) 19
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27 Jan 2019, 22:32
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Gmatprep550 wrote:
What is the greatest prime factor of 49^19−7^35

A)2
B)3
C)7
D)13
E)19

I am not able to understand solution for this, can any one help

Would like to share my thoughts on this

$$49^{19}−7^{35}$$

Always reduce the terms in their lowest factors, said that

$$7^{2* 19} - 7^{35}$$

$$7^{35} ( 7^3 - 1)$$

$$7^{35}$$, will always have 7 has a factor

$$7^3 - 1$$, can be reduced to 342, which can be written as $$2 * 3^2 * 19$$

So out of this bunch 2,3,7 and 19

E is the largest prime number
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27 Jan 2019, 23:36
Gmatprep550 wrote:
What is the greatest prime factor of 49^19−7^35

A) 2
B) 3
C) 7
D) 13
E) 19

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28 Jan 2019, 02:15
stonecold wrote:
What is the greatest prime factor of $$49^{19}-7^{35}$$

A) 2
B) 3
C) 7
D) 13
E) 19

$$49^{19}-7^{35}$$

7^35( 7^3-1)
7^35* 342
342= 2*3^2*19^1

so greatest prime factor
7^35 * 2*3^2*19^1

IMO E 19
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22 Nov 2019, 17:11
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stonecold wrote:
What is the greatest prime factor of $$49^{19}-7^{35}$$

A) 2
B) 3
C) 7
D) 13
E) 19

49^19 - 7^35 = (7^2)^19 - 7^35
= 7^38 - 7^35
= (7^35)(7^3 - 1)
= (7^35)(343 - 1)
= (7^35)(342)
= (7^35)(2)(3)(3)(19)

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