1320 Christmas Factor Trees

 

Regardless of its size, an evergreen tree is a mighty symbol at Christmastime. Today’s factoring puzzle features a couple of relatively small Christmas trees, but don’t think for even one minute that these little trees make for an easy puzzle. It’s a level 6 puzzle so there are several places that the clues might trick you. Use logic through the entire process, and you should be able to solve it!

Print the puzzles or type the solution in this excel file: 12 factors 1311-1319

That factoring puzzle has nothing to do with the factors of 1320. In case you are looking for factor trees for the number 1320, here are a few of the MANY possible ones:

 

Here are some facts about the number 1320:

  • 1320 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 1320 = 2 × 2 × 2 × 3 × 5 × 11, which can be written 1320 = 2³ × 3 × 5 × 11.
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 3, 1, 1, and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (3 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) )(1 + 1) = 4 × 2 × 2 × 2 = 32. Therefore 1320 has exactly 32 factors.
  • Factors of 1320: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 20, 22, 24, 30, 33, 40, 44, 55, 60, 66, 88, 110, 120, 132, 165, 220, 264, 330, 440, 660, 1320
  • Factor pairs: 1320 = 1 × 1320, 2 × 660, 3 × 440, 4 × 330, 5 × 264, 6 × 220, 8 × 165, 10 × 132, 11 × 120, 12 × 110, 15 × 88, 20 × 66, 22 × 60, 24 × 55, 30 × 44 or 33 × 40
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √1320 = (√4)(√330) = 2√330 ≈ 36.331804

 

1320 is the sum of consecutive primes FOUR different ways:
It is the sum of the eighteen primes from 37 to 109,
107 + 109 + 113 + 127 + 131 + 137 + 139 + 149 + 151 + 157 = 1320,
149 + 151 + 157 + 163 + 167 + 173 + 179 + 181 = 1320, and
659 + 661 = 1320

1320 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:
792-1056-1320 which is (3-4-5) times 264

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