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We want to find the number of perfect square factors in the product of all the factorials of numbers from 1 - 9. We can write this out and take out the factorials, and then find a prime factorization of the entire product. We can also find this prime factorization by finding the number of times each factor is repeated in each factorial. Anyway, this comes out to be equal to 2^30 * 3^13 * 5^5 * 7^3. To find the amount of perfect square factors, we realize that each exponent in the prime factorization must be even. This gives us 16*8*3*2 = 768.
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We want to find the number of perfect square factors in the product of all the factorials of numbers from 1 - 9. We can write this out and take out the factorials, and then find a prime factorization of the entire product. We can also find this prime factorization by finding the number of times each factor is repeated in each factorial. Anyway, this comes out to be equal to 2^30 * 3^13 * 5^5 * 7^3. To find the amount of perfect square factors, we realize that each exponent in the prime factorization must be even. This gives us 16*7*3*2 = 672 (B).
  
 
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We want to find the number of perfect square factors in the product of all the factorials of numbers from 1 - 9. We can write this out and take out the factorials, and then find a prime factorization of the entire product. We can also find this prime factorization by finding the number of times each factor is repeated in each factorial. Anyway, this comes out to be equal to 2^30 * 3^13 * 5^5 * 7^3. To find the amount of perfect square factors, we realize that each exponent in the prime factorization must be even. This gives us 16*7*3*2 = 672 (B).

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2003 AMC 12A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 22
Followed by
Problem 24
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