# 2017 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 19

## Problem

For any positive integer $M$, the notation $M!$ denotes the product of the integers $1$ through $M$. What is the largest integer $n$ for which $5^n$ is a factor of the sum $98!+99!+100!$ ?

$\textbf{(A) }23\qquad\textbf{(B) }24\qquad\textbf{(C) }25\qquad\textbf{(D) }26\qquad\textbf{(E) }27$

## Solution 1

Factoring out $98!+99!+100!$, we have $98! (1+99+99*100)$, which is $98! (10000)$. Next, $98!$ has $\left\lfloor\frac{98}{5}\right\rfloor + \left\lfloor\frac{98}{25}\right\rfloor = 19 + 3 = 22$ factors of $5$. The $19$ is because of all the multiples of $5$. Now, $10,000$ has $4$ factors of $5$, so there are a total of $22 + 4 = \boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 26}$ factors of $5$.

## Solution 2

Also, keep in mind that the number of $5$’s in $98! (10,000)$ is the same as the number of trailing zeros. The number of zeros is $98!$, which means we need pairs of $5$’s and $2$’s; we know there will be many more $2$’s, so we seek to find the number of $5$’s in $98!$, which the solution tells us. And, that is $22$ factors of $5$. $10,000$ has $4$ trailing zeros, so it has $4$ factors of $5$ and $22 + 4 = 26$.

~ pi_is_3.14

~savannahsolver