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The number 16,000 has how many positive divisors?

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The number 16,000 has how many positive divisors?

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Here 16000 can be written as = $$2^7 X 5^3$$

Now positive factors is = 8 X 4 = 32 (No. of positive factors of $$x^y X m ^n= (y+1) X (n+1)$$)
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The number 16,000 has how many positive divisors?

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If the prime factorization of N = (p^a)(q^b)(r^c) . . . (where p, q, r, etc are different prime numbers), then N has a total of (a+1)(b+1)(c+1)(etc) positive divisors.

Example: 14000 = (2^4)(5^3)(7^1)
So, the number of positive divisors of 14000 = (4+1)(3+1)(1+1) =(5)(4)(2) = 40
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16,000 = (2^7)(5^3)
So, the number of positive divisors of 16,000 = (7+1)(3+1)
= (8)(4)
= 32

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Re: The number 16,000 has how many positive divisors? [#permalink]
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Bunuel wrote:
The number 16,000 has how many positive divisors?

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----ASIDE-----------------------
If the prime factorization of N = (p^a)(q^b)(r^c) . . . (where p, q, r, etc are different prime numbers), then N has a total of (a+1)(b+1)(c+1)(etc) positive divisors.

Example: 14000 = (2^4)(5^3)(7^1)
So, the number of positive divisors of 14000 = (4+1)(3+1)(1+1) =(5)(4)(2) = 40
-----ONTO the question--------------------------

16,000 = (2^7)(5^3)
So, the number of positive divisors of 16,000 = (7+1)(3+1)
= (8)(4)
= 32

Cheers,
Brent

I understand this concept but just for in depth clarity please claarify that the above method will list all the factor including negatives and positives ? so I
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In the context of GRE,we stick to factoring positive integers to sidestep negative factor issue. We deal with it in higher mathematics though!

If the number is positive only condsider positive factors. I doubt you will find negative numbers in the factorization problems.
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Hwo do we get to 16,000= (2^7)(5^3) Is it trial and error?
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Hwo do we get to 16,000= (2^7)(5^3) Is it trial and error?

Final goal is to reach 1.

We can clearly see that in 16000 we would have many multiples of 2. So one way is to keep dividing by 2 till we can divide no more.

16000/2 = 8000 ...... one factor of 2
8000/2 = 4000 ..........second factor 2
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1000/2= 500 .............. 5th factor factor of 2
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250/2=125 ................. 7th Factor of 2

Now we need other prime factors so we move on to higher prime number such as 3 and 5.

Division by 3 is not possible so 5

125 can be divided 3 times with 5 to get 1.

Hence $$16000=2^7 \times 5^3$$
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Hwo do we get to 16,000= (2^7)(5^3) Is it trial and error?

Here's our video explaining how to find the prime factorization of a number:

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Hwo do we get to 16,000= (2^7)(5^3) Is it trial and error?

Here's our video explaining how to find the prime factorization of a number:

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Ideally you can break the number into smaller number whose factors you know such as

$$16000 = 16 \times 1000$$ Now 1000 is $$10^3$$ or $$2^3 \times 5^3$$ and 16 is $$2^4$$

So 16000 is $$2^4 \times 2^3 \times 5^3$$.
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