2020 AIME I Problems/Problem 12
Let be the least positive integer for which is divisible by Find the number of positive integer divisors of
Lifting the Exponent shows that so thus, divides . It also shows that so thus, divides .
Now, multiplying by , we see and since and then meaning that we have that by LTE, divides .
Since , and all divide , the smallest value of working is their LCM, also . Thus the number of divisors is .
Solution 2 (Simpler, just basic mods and Fermat's theorem)
Note that for all n, is divisible by 1 because that is a factor. That is , so now we can clearly see that the smallest to make the expression divisible by is just . Similarly, we can reason that the smallest n to make the expression divisible by is just .
Finally, for , take mod and mod of each quantity (They happen to both be and respectively, so you only need to compute once). One knows from Fermat's theorem that the maximum possible minimum for divisibility by is , and other values are factors of . Testing all of them (just using mods-not too bad), is indeed the smallest value to make the expression divisible by , and this clearly is NOT divisible by . Therefore, the smallest to make this expression divisible by is .
Calculating the LCM of all these, one gets . Using the factor counting formula, the answer is = .
-Solution by thanosaops
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