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Which of the following is NOT a prime factor of (5^6−2^6)?

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Which of the following is NOT a prime factor of (5^6−2^6)?

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Which of the following is NOT a prime factor of (5^6−2^6)?

A. 3
B. 7
C. 13
D. 17
E. 19


Apply \(a^2-b^2=(a-b)(a+b)\): \(5^6-2^6=(5^3-2^3)(5^3+2^3)=117*133=(3^2*13)(7*19)\). From the options only 17 is not a prime factor of 5^6−2^6.

Answer: D.
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Which of the following is NOT a prime factor of \((5^6 - 2^6)?\)

A. 3
B. 7
C. 13
D. 17
E. 19


\((5^6 - 2^6)\)
\(=(5^3 - 2^3)(5^3 + 2^3)
=(5-2)(5^2+5*2+2^2)(5+2)(5^2-5*2+2^2)
=3*39*7*19
=3*3*13*7*19\)

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Which of the following is NOT a prime factor of (5^6−2^6)?

A. 3
B. 7
C. 13
D. 17
E. 19


Let’s simplify the given expression:

5^6 − 2^6 = (5^3 + 2^3)(5^3 - 2^3) = (125 + 8)(125 - 8) = (133)(117) = (7 x 19) x (3 x 3 x 13)

We see that the only answer choice that divides into (133)(117) is 17.

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