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Which of the following integers is NOT a divisor of x if x = (21)(3^7) – (112)?

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\(21*3^7-112=3^8*7-2^4*7=7(3^8-2^4)=7(3^4-2^2)(3^4+2^2)=7*77*85=7^2*11*5*17\) --> the product is NOT divisible by 3, thus it's not divisible by 15=3*5 either.

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Thanks Bunuel! More elegant and less time-consuming than my answer!
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Which of the following integers is NOT a divisor of x if x = (21)(3^7) – (112)?

A 7
B 11
C 15
D 17
E 35

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Hi,
here, we donot require to do any calculations at all...
the choices itself give away the answer...


merely playing with choices given, this 700 level Q can turn into a SUB-600 level Q..
In (21)(3^7) – (112).. (21)(3^7) is a multiple of both 3 and 7, but 112 is a multiple of 7 and not 3..
so addition or subtraction of these terms will be multiple of 7, but not of 3..

However C is 15, which is a multiple of 3,.. hence not possible

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Which of the following integers is NOT a divisor of x if x = (21)(3^7) – (112)?

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First break the term down into its prime factors

x = 21*3^7 -112 = 3*7*3^7 -112 = 3^8*7 -112

x = 3^8*7-7*16

x = 7(3^8 - 16)

Now it's important to realize that 3^8 - 16 is a perfect square, albeit a hidden one. You can eliminate answer choice A.

x = 7(3^4-4)(3^4+4). Once again, notice that 3^4-4 is a perfect square.

x = 7(3^2+2)(3^2-2)(3^4+4).

At this stage, you can start to convert into the non-prime values

x = 7(11)(7)(85)

85 = 17*5, so only 15 is not a divisor of x.
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Which of the following integers is NOT a divisor of x if x = (21)(3^7) – (112)?

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C 15
D 17
E 35

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\(21*3^7-112=3^8*7-2^4*7=7(3^8-2^4)=7(3^4-2^2)(3^4+2^2)=7*77*85=7^2*11*5*17\) --> the product is NOT divisible by 3, thus it's not divisible by 15=3*5 either.

Answer: C.


Hi Bunuel

Another way would be

if we consider it as A-B

3 divides A but not B

so any multiples of 3 cannot divide A-B

am I correct in my approach?
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Which of the following integers is NOT a divisor of x if x = (21)(3^7) – (112)?

A 7
B 11
C 15
D 17
E 35

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\(21*3^7-112=3^8*7-2^4*7=7(3^8-2^4)=7(3^4-2^2)(3^4+2^2)=7*77*85=7^2*11*5*17\) --> the product is NOT divisible by 3, thus it's not divisible by 15=3*5 either.

Answer: C.


Hi Bunuel

Another way would be

if we consider it as A-B

3 divides A but not B

so any multiples of 3 cannot divide A-B

am I correct in my approach?

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Which of the following integers is NOT a divisor of x if x = (21)(3^7) – (112)?

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E 35

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Let's factor this thing like crazy.
(21)(3^7) – (112) = (3)(7)(3^7) – (7)(2)(2)(2)(2)
= (7)(3^8) – (7)(2^4)
= 7(3^8 - 2^4) NOTE: The part in the brackets is a difference of squares, since 3^8 = (3^4)^2 and 2^4 = (2^2)^2
= 7(3^4 + 2^2)(3^4 - 2^2) we factored the difference of squares
= 7(3^4 + 2^2)(3^2 - 2)(3^2 + 2) we factored another difference of squares
= 7(81 + 4)(9 - 2)(9 + 2) evaluated
= 7(85)(7)(11) evaluated
= (7)(5)(17)(7)(11)

We can see that the above product is divisible by 7, 11, 17, and 35
BUT it is not divisible by 15

Answer: C

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