What do the numbers 360, 420, 480, and 504 have in common? The first three numbers are all multiples of 60, but 504 isn’t. 504 is the smallest number that isn’t divisible by 60 that has something special. Can you figure out what?

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The first few digits of √504 is easy to memorize so I’ve made a little cake to help find it:

Just take the square root of everything on the outside of the cake and multiply them together: √504 = (√4)(√9)(√14) = (2 x 3)(√14) = 6√14 ≈ 22.449944

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- 504 is a composite number.
- Prime factorization: 504 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 3 x 7, which can be written 504 = (2^3) x (3^2) x 7
- The exponents in the prime factorization are 3, 2 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (3 + 1)(2 + 1)(1 + 1) = 4 x 3 x 2 = 24. Therefore 504 has exactly 24 factors.
- Factors of 504: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28, 36, 42, 56, 63, 72, 84, 126, 168, 252, 504
- Factor pairs: 504 = 1 x 504, 2 x 252, 3 x 168, 4 x 126, 6 x 84, 7 x 72, 8 x 63, 9 x 56, 12 x 42, 14 x 36, 18 x 28 or 21 x 24
- Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √504 = (√36)(√14) = 6√14 ≈ 22.449944

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