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10! is divisible [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2018, 22:49
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10! is divisible by \(3^x5^y\), where x and y are positive integers

Quantity A
Quantity B
The greatest possible value for x
The greatest possible value for y


A) Quantity A is greater.
B) Quantity B is greater.
C) The two quantities are equal.
D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: Quantitative Reasoning [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2018, 23:58
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10! means 10x9x8x7x6x5x4x3x2x1. Just getting that out of the way. So if we want to know the maximum value of x, we basically need to count up how many 3s there are in 10!. Every third integer is divisible by 3, so that's 3, 6, and 9. It's a trap to think you're done here. We should also realize that every ninth integer is divisible by 9, and 9 has two 3s as factors. In other words, 9 should count twice. So x = 4, not 3.

Using similar logic, we know that 5 and 10 have factors of 5, so y must be 2. Thus, the answer is A.
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Re: Quantitative Reasoning [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2018, 01:34
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Re: Quantitative Reasoning [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2018, 07:11
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10! means 10x9x8x7x6x5x4x3x2x1. Just getting that out of the way. So if we want to know the maximum value of x, we basically need to count up how many 3s there are in 10!. Every third integer is divisible by 3, so that's 3, 6, and 9. It's a trap to think you're done here. We should also realize that every ninth integer is divisible by 9, and 9 has two 3s as factors. In other words, 9 should count twice. So x = 4, not 3.

Using similar logic, we know that 5 and 10 have factors of 5, so y must be 2. Thus, 2y = 4 and the answer is C.



Are u really sure ANS is C, I don't see "2y", where is it from?
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Re: 10! is divisible [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2018, 15:58
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correct: A
we should write the number 10! into it's simplest form consisting of just prime numbers.
10! = 10 * 9 * 8 * 7 * 6 * 5 * 4 * 3 * 2 * 1 = \(2^8 *3^4 * 5^2 * 7\)
10! = \(3^x * 5^y\) so x = 4 and y = 2
so x is bigger than y

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Re: 10! is divisible [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2018, 03:40
How is the answer C? I am getting A. I have x = 4 and y = 2.
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Re: 10! is divisible [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2018, 16:12
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The sad part of story is that I spent 10 minutes from my valuable time trying to prove me wrong :-D while I was right
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Re: 10! is divisible [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2018, 09:24
Please correct the OA of this question.

Choice A is correct.
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Re: 10! is divisible [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2018, 09:29
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Done. Thank you guys for your collaboration.

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