2000 AIME II Problems/Problem 4
What is the smallest positive integer with six positive odd integer divisors and twelve positive even integer divisors?
We use the fact that the number of divisors of a number is . If a number has factors, then it can have at most distinct primes in its factorization.
Dividing the greatest power of from , we have an odd integer with six positive divisors, which indicates that it either is () a prime raised to the th power, or two primes, one of which is squared. The smallest example of the former is , while the smallest example of the latter is .
Suppose we now divide all of the odd factors from ; then we require a power of with factors, namely . Thus, our answer is .
Somewhat similar to the first solution, we see that the number has two even factors for every odd factor. Thus, if is an odd factor of , then and must be the two corresponding even factors. So, the prime factorization of is for some set of integers
Since there are factors of , we can write:
Since only has factors from the set , either and all other variables are , or and , with again all other variables equal to . This gives the two numbers and . The latter number is smaller, and is equal to .
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