A Multiplication Based Logic Puzzle

223 and Level 5

  • 223 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 223 is prime and cannot be factored.
  • The exponent of prime number 223 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 223 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 223: 1, 223
  • Factor pairs: 223 = 1 x 223
  • 223 has no square factors so its square root cannot be simplified. √223 ≈ 14.933

How do we know that 223 is a prime number? If 223 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √223 ≈ 14.933. Since 223 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, or 13, we know that 223 is a prime number.

2014-35 Level 5

Excel file of puzzles and previous week’s factor solutions: 10 Factors 2014-09-01

2014-35 Level 5 Logic

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