2014 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 17
What is the greatest power of that is a factor of ?
We begin by factoring the out. This leaves us with .
We factor the difference of squares, leaving us with . We note that all even powers of more than two end in .... Also, all odd powers of five more than end in .... Thus, would end in ... and thus would contribute one power of two to the answer, but not more.
We can continue to factor as a difference of cubes, leaving us with times an odd number (Notice that the other number is . The powers of end in , so the two powers of will end with . Adding will make it end in . Thus, this is an odd number). ends in ..., contributing two powers of two to the final result.
Or we can see that ends in , and is divisible by only. Still that's powers of .
Adding these extra powers of two to the original factored out, we obtain the final answer of .
First, we can write the expression in a more primitive form which will allow us to start factoring. Now, we can factor out . This leaves us with . Call this number . Thus, our final answer will be , where is the largest power of that divides . Now we can consider , since by the answer choices.
Note that The powers of cycle in with a period of . Thus, This means that is divisible by but not , so and our answer is .
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