2018 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 21
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Problem
Mary chose an even -digit number . She wrote down all the divisors of in increasing order from left to right: . At some moment Mary wrote as a divisor of . What is the smallest possible value of the next divisor written to the right of ?
Solution 1
Prime factorizing gives you . The desired answer needs to be a multiple of or , because if it is not a multiple of or , the LCM, or the least possible value for , will not be more than 4 digits. Looking at the answer choices, is the smallest number divisible by or . Checking, we can see that would be .
Solution 2
Let the next largest divisor be . Suppose . Then, as , therefore, However, because , . Therefore, . Note that . Therefore, the smallest the gcd can be is and our answer is .
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