Factor Rainbows can be a wonderful way to display the factors of a number. Not only are all the factors listed in order from smallest to greatest, but the factor pairs are joined together with the same color band.
The number 804 has 12 factors so it makes a lovely rainbow with 6 different color bands.
Is there a pot of gold at the end of this factor rainbow? I’ll let you decide the answer to that question.
Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 10-factors 801-806
Finding golden nuggets of information about a number might be less difficult than finding pots of gold.
I always begin the painstaking mining process by looking at the factors of the number:
- 804 is a composite number.
- Prime factorization: 804 = 2 x 2 x 3 x 67, which can be written 804 = (2^2) x 3 x 67
- The exponents in the prime factorization are 2, 1, and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (2 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 3 x 2 x 2 = 12. Therefore 804 has exactly 12 factors.
- Factors of 804: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12, 67, 134, 201, 268, 402, 804
- Factor pairs: 804 = 1 x 804, 2 x 402, 3 x 268, 4 x 201, 6 x 134, or 12 x 67
- Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √804 = (√4)(√201) = 2√201 ≈ 28.3548937575
About half of everything there was already in the factor rainbow.
Finding nuggets of information about the number 804 has been a little difficult and disappointing:
- None of 804’s prime factors can be written as 4N+1, so 804 is NOT the hypotenuse of any Pythagorean triples.
- 804 is NOT a palindrome in base 36 or any base less than that.
- 804 is NOT the sum of any consecutive prime numbers.
Even though I did not find any golden nuggets in those places, I kept looking and finally found a couple of gems about the number 804:
804 can be written as the sum of three squares four different ways, and all of those ways have some definition of double in them:
- 28² + 4² + 2² = 804
- 26² + 8² + 8² = 804
- 22² + 16² + 8² = 804
- 20² + 20² + 2² = 804
Stetson.edu also gives us a nugget about the number 804 that may be a bit too heavy for most people to handle: “804 is a value of n for which 2φ(n) = φ(n+1).” That basically means that there are exactly half as many numbers less than 804 that are NOT divisible by its prime factors (2, 3, or 67) as there are numbers less than 805 that are NOT divisible by its prime factors (5, 7, or 23).
I started looking for golden specs about 804 in places that I don’t usually look.
267 + 268 + 269 = 804 so 804 is the sum of 3 consecutive numbers.
As stated before 804 is never the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple. However to find all the times it is a leg in a triple will require a lot of labor especially since 804 has so many factors, including 4, and two of its factor pairs have factors where both factors are even.
- 134 × 6 is an even factor pair, so (134 + 6)/2 = 70, and (134-6)/2 = 64. Thus 804 = 134·6 = (70 + 64)(70 – 64) = 70² – 64² .
- 402 × 2 is another even factor pair, so (402 + 2)/2 = 202, and (402 – 2)/2 = 200. Thus 804 = 402·2 = (200 + 2)(200 – 2) = 202² – 200²
- Likewise odd or even sets of factor pairs of any of 804’s factors can also be used to find Pythagorean triples.
So to find all Pythagorean triples that contain the number 804, we will have to find all the times 804 satisfies one of these FOUR conditions:
- 804 = 2k(a)(b) so that 804 is in the triple 2k(a)(b), k(a² – b²), k(a + b²) OR the triple k(a² – b²), 2k(a)(b), k(a + b²).
- 804 = 2(a)(b) so that 804 is in the triple 2(a)(b), a² – b², a + b² OR the triple a² – b², 2(a)(b), a + b².
- 804 = a² – b² so that 804 is in the triple a² – b², 2(a)(b), a + b² OR the triple 2(a)(b), a² – b², a + b².
- 804 = k(a² – b²) so that 804 is in the triple k(a² – b²), 2k(a)(b), k(a + b²) OR the triple 2k(a)(b), k(a² – b²), k(a + b²).
Let the mining process begin! I’ll list the triples with the shortest legs first and color code each triple according to the condition I used.
- 335-804-871 which used 804 = 2·67(3)(2) to make a triple that is 5-12-13 times 67
- 603-804-1005 which used 804 = 2·201(2)(1) to make a triple that is 3-4-5 times 201
- 804-1072-1340 which used 804 = 268(2² – 1²) to make a triple that is 3-4-5 times 268
- 804-2345-2479 which used 804 = 2·67(6)(1) to make a triple that is 12-35-37 times 67
- 804-4453-4525, which used 804 = 2(6)(67)
- 804-8960-8996, which used 804 = 70² – 64² or 804 = 4(35² – 32²) to make a triple that is 201-2240-2249 times 4
- 804-17947-17965, which used 804 = 2(134)(3)
- 804-26928-26940 which used 804 = 12(34² – 33²) to make a triple that is 67-2244-2245 times 12
- 804-40397-40405, which used 804 = 2(201)(2)
- 804-53865-53871 which used 804 = 2·3(134)(1) to make a triple that is 268-17955-17957 times 3
- 804-80800-80804 which used 804 = 202² – 200² or 804 = 4(101² – 100²) to make a triple that is 201-20200-20201 times 4
- 804-161603-161605, a primitive Pythagorean triple, that used 804 = 2(402)(1)
If you look for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, you’re bound to be disappointed. Science/How Stuff Works just had to crush dreams and dispel 10 Myths About Rainbows. Unfortunately a pot of gold being at the rainbow’s end is included on that list. Still I suppose we could still put every golden spec or nugget about 804 into a little pot and call it a pot of gold.
Or if you are as clever and quick as a leprechaun, perhaps you will consider finding Pythagorean triples to be like finding pots of gold.