2016 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 22

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Problem

For some positive integer $n$, the number $110n^3$ has $110$ positive integer divisors, including $1$ and the number $110n^3$. How many positive integer divisors does the number $81n^4$ have?

$\textbf{(A) }110\qquad\textbf{(B) }191\qquad\textbf{(C) }261\qquad\textbf{(D) }325\qquad\textbf{(E) }425$

Solution 1

Since the prime factorization of $110$ is $2 \cdot 5 \cdot 11$, we have that the number is equal to $2 \cdot 5 \cdot 11 \cdot n^3$. This has $2 \cdot 2 \cdot 2=8$ factors when $n=1$. This needs a multiple of 11 factors, which we can achieve by setting $n=2^3$, so we have $2^{10} \cdot 5 \cdot 11$ has $44$ factors. To achieve the desired $110$ factors, we need the number of factors to also be divisible by $5$, so we can set $n=2^3 \cdot 5$, so $2^{10} \cdot 5^4 \cdot 11$ has $110$ factors. Therefore, $n=2^3 \cdot 5$. In order to find the number of factors of $81n^4$, we raise this to the fourth power and multiply it by $81$, and find the factors of that number. We have $3^4 \cdot 2^{12} \cdot 5^4$, and this has $5 \cdot 13 \cdot 5=\boxed{\textbf{(D) }325}$ factors.

Solution 2

$110n^3$ clearly has at least three distinct prime factors, namely 2, 5, and 11.

Furthermore, since the number of factors of $p_1^{n_1}\cdots p_k^{n_k}$ is $(n_1+1)\cdots(n_k+1)$ when the $p$'s are distinct primes, we see that there can be at most three distinct prime factors for a number with 110 factors. (This product cannot contain any $1$s, so the only way to write 110 as a product of at least three factors is $2\cdot 5\cdot 11$.)

We conclude that $110n^3$ has only the three prime factors 2, 5, and 11 and that the multiplicities are 1, 4, and 10 in some order. I.e., there are six different possible values of $n$ all of the form $n=p_1\cdot p_2^3$.

$81n^4$ thus has prime factorization $81n^4=3^4\cdot p_1^4\cdot p_2^{12}$ and a factor count of $5\cdot5\cdot13=\boxed{\textbf{(D) }325}$

See Also

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