2003 AIME I Problems/Problem 1

Problem

Given that

$\frac{((3!)!)!}{3!} = k \cdot n!,$

where $k$ and $n$ are positive integers and $n$ is as large as possible, find $k + n.$

Solution

We use the definition of a factorial to get

$\frac{((3!)!)!}{3!} = \frac{(6!)!}{3!} = \frac{720!}{3!} = \frac{720!}{6} = \frac{720 \cdot 719!}{6} = 120 \cdot 719! = k \cdot n!$

We certainly can't make $n$ any larger if $k$ is going to stay an integer, so the answer is $k + n = 120 + 719 = \boxed{839}$.

See also

2003 AIME I (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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