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<math>\textbf{(A) } 995 \qquad\textbf{(B) } 996 \qquad\textbf{(C) } 997 \qquad\textbf{(D) } 998 \qquad\textbf{(E) } 999</math> | <math>\textbf{(A) } 995 \qquad\textbf{(B) } 996 \qquad\textbf{(C) } 997 \qquad\textbf{(D) } 998 \qquad\textbf{(E) } 999</math> | ||
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===Solution 1=== | ===Solution 1=== | ||
− | Because the sum of <math>n</math> positive integers is <math>\frac{(n)(n+1)}{2}</math>, and we want this to not be a divisor of the <math>n!</math>, <math>n+1</math> must be prime. The greatest three-digit integer that is prime is <math>997</math>. Subtract <math>1</math> to get <math> | + | Because the sum of <math>n</math> positive integers is <math>\frac{(n)(n+1)}{2}</math>, and we want this to not be a divisor of the <math>n!</math>, <math>n+1</math> must be prime. The greatest three-digit integer that is prime is <math>997</math>. Subtract <math>1</math> to get <math>\boxed{\textbf{(B) } 996}</math>. |
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===Solution 2=== | ===Solution 2=== | ||
− | We can use the fact that <math>n+1</math> must be prime to eliminate answer choices as possible values of <math>n</math>. <math>A</math>, <math>C</math>, and <math>E</math> don't work because <math>n+1</math> is even, and <math>D</math> does not work since <math>999</math> is divisible by <math>9</math>. Thus, the only correct answer is <math> | + | We can use the fact that <math>n+1</math> must be prime to eliminate answer choices as possible values of <math>n</math>. <math>A</math>, <math>C</math>, and <math>E</math> don't work because <math>n+1</math> is even, and <math>D</math> does not work since <math>999</math> is divisible by <math>9</math>. Thus, the only correct answer is <math>\boxed{\textbf{(B) } 996}</math>. |
==See Also== | ==See Also== |
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Problem
What is the greatest three-digit positive integer for which the sum of the first positive integers is a divisor of the product of the first positive integers?
Solution 1
Because the sum of positive integers is , and we want this to not be a divisor of the , must be prime. The greatest three-digit integer that is prime is . Subtract to get .
Solution 2
We can use the fact that must be prime to eliminate answer choices as possible values of . , , and don't work because is even, and does not work since is divisible by . Thus, the only correct answer is .
See Also
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