In the prime factorization of 12! + 15! + 18! + 21! + 24!, what is the exponent of 3?

Guest Feb 27, 2022

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If we divide 12! from both each term, 12!/12! = 1, 15!/12! will have a factor of 3, 18!/12! will have a factor of 3, 21!/12! will have a factor of 3, and 24!/12! will also have a factor of 3.

So thie expression will turn into

12!(1 + some multiple of 3 + some multiple of 3 + some multiple of 3 + some multiple of 3)

1 + some multiple of 3 + some multiple of 3 + some multiple of 3 + some multiple of 3 = not a multiple of 3

So we have 12! * not a multiple of 3.

Therefore, the exponent of 3 of 12! + 15! + 18! + 21! + 24! is the same as the exponent of 3 for 12!.

12! = 1*2*3*4*5*6*7*8*9*10*11*12, (3, 6, 9, 12) are our numbers divisable by 3.

3 = 3

6 = 2*3

9 = 2*3^2

12 = 2^2*3

Therefore, 1 + 1 + 2 + 1 = 5 is the exponent of 3.

I'm sorry if the explanation is confusing, please ask if there are any questions.

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catmg Feb 27, 2022