A Multiplication Based Logic Puzzle

540 and Level 4

540 is the sum of the fourteen consecutive prime numbers from 13 to 67. Can you list all those prime numbers? It is also the sum of consecutive prime numbers 269 and 271.

540 has the same number of factors as 504. Both of those numbers tie with 360, 420, and 480 for the most factors so far.

540 is the hypotenuse of the Pythagorean triple 324-432-540. What is the greatest common factor of those three numbers?

540 is also an untouchable number.

The sum of the interior angles of every convex pentagon total 540 degrees.

540 Puzzle

Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 12 Factors 2015-06-29

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  • 540 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 540 = 2 x 2 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 5, which can be written 540 = (2^2) x (3^3) x 5
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 2, 3 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (2 + 1)(3 + 1)(1 + 1) = 3 x 4 x 2 = 24. Therefore 540 has exactly 24 factors.
  • Factors of 540: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 27, 30, 36, 45, 54, 60, 90, 108, 135, 180, 270, 540
  • Factor pairs: 540 = 1 x 540, 2 x 270, 3 x 180, 4 x 135, 5 x 108, 6 x 90, 9 x 60, 10 x 54, 12 x 45, 15 x 36, 18 x 30 or 20 x 27
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √540 = (√36)(√15) = 6√15 ≈ 23.237900077

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540 Logic

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Comments on: "540 and Level 4" (2)

  1. Ah! Another untouchable number so soon?!?! What a wonderful thought to ponder. 🙂

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