A Multiplication Based Logic Puzzle

227 and Level 2

  • 227 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 227 is prime.
  • The exponent of prime number 227 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 227 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 227: 1, 227
  • Factor pairs: 227 = 1 x 227
  • 227 has no square factors so its square root cannot be simplified. √227 ≈ 15.067

How do we know that 227 is a prime number? If 227 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √227 ≈ 15.067. Since 227 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, or 13, we know that 227 is a prime number.

2014-36 Level 2

Excel file of puzzles and previous week’s factor solutions: 12 Factors 2014-09-08

2014-36 Level 2 Factors

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