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Which of the following numbers is a perfect square?

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Which of the following numbers is a perfect square?

(A) \(\frac{14!15!}{2}\)

(B) \(\frac{15!16!}{2}\)

(C) \(\frac{16!17!}{2}\)

(D) \(\frac{17!18!}{2}\)

(E) \(\frac{18!19!}{2}\)


Ans should be D.
Option D can be rewritten as \frac{17!* 17!* 18}{2} = \((17!)^2 * 9\) = \((17)!^2*(3)^2\) which is a perfect square
The same can't be done for rest of the options

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IMO D

express the options in the form :
17!*18!/2= 17!*17!*18/2=(17!)²*9=(17!)²*(3)²

it not possible for other option provided.

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Bunuel wrote:
Which of the following numbers is a perfect square?

(A) \(\frac{14!15!}{2}\)

(B) \(\frac{15!16!}{2}\)

(C) \(\frac{16!17!}{2}\)

(D) \(\frac{17!18!}{2}\)

(E) \(\frac{18!19!}{2}\)


The idea is to somehow eliminate two in the denominator (Primary)
Secondary objective is to make sure we have all the numbers multiplied twice to get a perfect square.

Clearly D
I can eliminate 2 and bring a perfect square 9, also 17!*17! will give me perfect square.
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Bunuel wrote:
Which of the following numbers is a perfect square?

(A) \(\frac{14!15!}{2}\)

(B) \(\frac{15!16!}{2}\)

(C) \(\frac{16!17!}{2}\)

(D) \(\frac{17!18!}{2}\)

(E) \(\frac{18!19!}{2}\)


In order for a number to be a perfect square, need our factors to be in even quantities.

Looking at answer choice D, we see that we have:

(17!18!)/2 = (17!17!18)/2 = (17!)^2 x 18/2 = (17!)^2 x 3^2

Thus, the quantity in choice D is a perfect square.

Answer: D
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