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Let $f(n)$ be a function that, given an integer $n$, returns an integer $k$, where $k$ is the smallest possible integer such that $k!$ is divisible by $n$. Given that $n$ is a multiple of $15$, what is the smallest value of $n$ such that $f(n) > 15$? 

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 Apr 8, 2023
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Hi EggRick,

How about presenting your questions in the best possible way.

Nobody wants to look at all those irrelevant dollar signs.

 Apr 8, 2023
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Sorry!!!

Let f(n) be a function that, given an integer n, returns an integer k, where k is the smallest possible integer such that k! is divisible by n. Given that n is a multiple of 15, what is the smallest value of n such that f(n) > 15? 

THANKSsmileysmileysmiley

 Apr 8, 2023
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The corrected response for your question is:

Let f(n) be a function that, given an integer n, returns an integer k, where k is the smallest possible integer such that k! is divisible by n. We are given that n is a multiple of 15. Since 15 = 3 x 5, we know that any n that is a multiple of 15 must also be a multiple of both 3 and 5.

Let's consider the factorization of k! for some integer k. We can write:

k! = 2^(p1) * 3^(p2) * 5^(p3) * ...

where pi is the power of the ith prime factor in k!.

Now, consider an integer n that is a multiple of 15. The smallest possible value of k such that k! is divisible by n must have at least 2 factors of 3 and 1 factor of 5 (since these are the prime factors of 15). Therefore, we can write:

f(n) = 2a * 3b * 5c * ...

where a >= 2, b >= 2, c >= 1, and all other prime factors have exponent 0.

We are given that f(n) > 15, so we can write:

2a * 3b * 5c * ... > 15

Simplifying this inequality, we get:

2^(a-3) * 3^(b-2) * 5^(c-1) * ... > 1

Since a, b, and c are integers, we must have:

a >= 3, b >= 2, c >= 1

Therefore, the smallest possible value of n is:

n = 2^3 * 3^2 * 5 = 360

We can verify that f(360) = 16, so this value of n satisfies the condition that f(n) > 15.

Therefore, the smallest value of n that satisfies the given condition is 360.

 Apr 8, 2023
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THANK YOU SO MUCHsmileysmileysmiley

eggRick2011  Apr 8, 2023

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