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What is the least integer z for which (0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)

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What is the least integer z for which \((0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)*10^z\) is an integer?

A. 18
B. 10
C. 0
D. −10
E. −18


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Re: What is the least integer z for which (0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)  [#permalink]

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What is the least integer z for which \((0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)*10^z\) is an integer?

A. 18
B. 10
C. 0
D. −10
E. −18


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OA: A
\((0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)*10^z= 125*10^{-6}*25*10^{-4}*125*10^{-8}*10^z\)
\(=125*25*125*10^{-6-4-8+z}\)
\(=125*25*125*10^{-18+z}\)

\(125*25*125\) will end with \(5\) as unit's digit, there will be no \(0\) at unit's place.So for \(z\) to be minimum,\(-18+z\) should be equal to \(0\).
\(-18+z=0\)
\(z=18\)
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Re: What is the least integer z for which (0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)  [#permalink]

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Given:
    • We are given an expression: \((0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)∗10^z\)

To find:
    • We need to find the least integer z such that \((0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)∗10^z\) is an integer

Approach and Working:

    • \((0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)∗10^z\) can be written as \((125* 10^{-6})(25*10^{-4})(125* 10^{-8})* 10^z\)
    • = \(125*25*125* 10^{-6-4-8+z}\)
    • For \(125*25*125* 10^{-6-4-8+z}\) to be an integer, \(10^{-6-4-8+z}\) must be equal to 1
      o OR, -6-4-8+z=0
      o z=18

Hence, the correct answer is option A.

Answer: A
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What is the least integer z for which \((0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)*10^z\) is an integer?

A. 18
B. 10
C. 0
D. −10
E. −18


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This question needs no calculation. Just think.

If we use negative exponent as a value of z we won't get integer in this case. Eliminate D and E. For the same reason o can't be the value of z as we need integer.

We are left with A and B. If anyone calculate the fraction he gets 18 decimal points. A is the best answer.

The best answer is A.
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Re: What is the least integer z for which (0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)  [#permalink]

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= 125 ∗ 25 ∗ 125 ∗ 10^(−6−4−8+z)
= 125 ∗ 25 ∗ 125 ∗ 10^(−18+z)

For the above value to be integer, we need a a value of Z that equals 0, therefore 18
-18 + z = 0
-18 + 18 = 0

Hence, A.
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Re: What is the least integer z for which (0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)  [#permalink]

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What is the least integer z for which \((0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)*10^z\) is an integer?

A. 18
B. 10
C. 0
D. −10
E. −18


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\((0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)*10^z\)

\(= (\frac{125}{10^6})(\frac{25}{10^4})(\frac{125}{10^8})10^z\)

\(= (\frac{5^3}{10^6})(\frac{5^2}{10^4})(\frac{5^3}{10^8})10^z\)

\(= \frac{5^8}{10^{18}}10^z\)

Now, if \(z = 18\), then we will have an Integer with value \(5^8\), Answer must be (A)
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Bunuel wrote:
What is the least integer z for which \((0.000125)(0.0025)(0.00000125)*10^z\) is an integer?

A. 18
B. 10
C. 0
D. −10
E. −18


0.000125 = 5^3 x 10^-6

0.0025 = 5^2 x 10^-4

0.00000125 = 5^3 x 10^-8

So the product equals 5^8 x 10^-18 x 10^z. We see that if z = 18, then the product will be an integer.

Answer: A
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