A Multiplication Based Logic Puzzle

306 and Level 4

  • 306 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 306 = 2 x 3 x 3 x 17, which can be written 306 = 2 x (3^2) x 17
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 1, 2, and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(2 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 x 3 x 2 = 12. Therefore 306 has exactly 12 factors.
  • Factors of 306: 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 17, 18, 34, 51, 102, 153, 306
  • Factor pairs: 306 = 1 x 306, 2 x 153, 3 x 102, 6 x 51, 9 x 34, or 17 x 18
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √306 = (√9)(√34) = 3√34 ≈ 17.493

Happy Thanksgiving!

2014-47 Level 4

Print the puzzles or type the factors on this excel file: 10 Factors 2014-11-24

Here’s a little more about the number 306:

306 = 17 × 18, which means it is the sum of the first 17 even numbers.

  • Thus, 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . .  + 30 + 32 + 34 = 306

It also means that we are halfway between 17² and 18², or halfway between 289 and 324. The average of those two numbers is 306.5.

AND it means that 17² + 18² – 1 = 2(306) = 2(17 × 18)

2014-47 Level 4 Logic

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