# Difference between revisions of "2005 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 21"

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So the problem asks us for how many [[positive integer]]s <math>n</math> is <math>\frac{6n}{\frac{n(n+1)}{2}}=\frac{12}{n+1}</math> an integer. | So the problem asks us for how many [[positive integer]]s <math>n</math> is <math>\frac{6n}{\frac{n(n+1)}{2}}=\frac{12}{n+1}</math> an integer. | ||

− | <math>\frac{12}{n+1}</math> is an integer when <math>n+1</math> is a [[factor]] of <math>12</math>. | + | <math>\frac{12}{n+1}</math> is an integer when <math>n+1</math> is a [[divisor |factor]] of <math>12</math>. |

The factors of <math>12</math> are <math>1</math>, <math>2</math>, <math>3</math>, <math>4</math>, <math>6</math>, and <math>12</math>. | The factors of <math>12</math> are <math>1</math>, <math>2</math>, <math>3</math>, <math>4</math>, <math>6</math>, and <math>12</math>. |

## Revision as of 09:45, 11 August 2006

## Problem

For how many positive integers does evenly divide ?

## Solution

If evenly divides , then is an integer.

Since we may substitute the RHS in the above fraction.

So the problem asks us for how many positive integers is an integer.

is an integer when is a factor of .

The factors of are , , , , , and .

So the possible values of are , , , , , and .

But isn't a positive integer, so only , , , , and are possible values of .

Therefore the number of possible values of is