A Multiplication Based Logic Puzzle

  • 269 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 269 is prime.
  • The exponent of prime number 269 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 269 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 269: 1, 269
  • Factor pairs: 269 = 1 x 269
  • 269 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √269 ≈ 16.401

How do we know that 269 is a prime number? If 269 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √269 ≈ 16.401. Since 269 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, or 13, we know that 269 is a prime number.

As I have previously written, 844, 845, 846, 847, and 848 are the smallest FIVE consecutive numbers whose square roots can be simplified. Here are the second smallest FIVE with the same property.

1680 square roots

The first number in the second set, 1680, equals 2 x 840 which is very close to the first number in the first set. Will strings of five consecutive numbers with reducible square roots occur about once every 850 numbers?

We can find the number of factors for these numbers by examining their prime factorizations.

1680 prime factorization

The number of factors for each of the integers in this second set ranges from 3 to 40. Only two of the integers have the same number of factors. Finding another string of four or more numbers that have reducible square roots as well as the same number of factors may be difficult.


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