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808 Happy Birthday, Justin!

Happy birthday to my good friend, Justin! He seems to always remember the birthday’s of everyone he knows, so this is how I am remembering his special day today. Justin is highly intelligent, thoughtful, and very friendly. I am confident he can solve this Level 6 puzzle that looks a little like a birthday cake.

This is my 808th post so I thought I would also make a factor cake for the number 808. It’s prime factor, 101, is at the top of the cake. Justin, I hope you live to be 101!

808 is a palindrome. That means it looks the same forwards and backwards. It is also a strobogrammatic number. That means it looks the same right side up or upside down.

ALL of the factors of 808 are also palindromes, and four of them are strobogrammatic numbers, too. Can you figure out which ones are both?

  • 808 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 808 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 101, which can be written 808 = (2^3) x 101
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 3 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (3 + 1)(1 + 1) = 4 x 2 = 8. Therefore 808 has exactly 8 factors.
  • Factors of 808: 1, 2, 4, 8, 101, 202, 404, 808
  • Factor pairs: 808 = 1 x 808, 2 x 404, 4 x 202, or 8 x 101
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √808 = (√4)(√202) = 2√202 ≈ 428.425340807

Here are the factors that make puzzle #808 act like a multiplication table. It is followed by a table of logical steps to arrive at that solution.

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806 and a Level 6 Dunce Cap?

When I put this post together I took a second look at today’s puzzle and thought, “That looks a little like a dunce cap.” That thought led me to two very interesting articles whose information surprised me greatly.

The first one titled “The Dunce Cap Wasn’t Always so Stupid” explains that long ago when the dunce cap was first introduced by the brilliant Scotsman John Duns Scotus, it became a symbol of exceptional intellect. In fact wizard hats were most likely modeled after them. Unfortunately, this positive perception of the caps remained for only a couple of centuries.

The second article is short but helped me visualize Topology’s Dunce Hat. I enjoyed watching the animation of this mathematical concept.

I hope you will enjoy trying to solve the puzzle. It is a Level 6, so it won’t be easy. If you succeed, you’ll deserve to feel that you have exceptional intellect.

Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 10-factors 801-806

Now here is some information about the number 806:

  • 806 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 806 = 2 x 13 x 31
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 1, 1, and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 x 2 x 2 = 8. Therefore 806 has exactly 8 factors.
  • Factors of 806: 1, 2, 13, 26, 31, 62, 403, 806
  • Factor pairs: 806 = 1 x 806, 2 x 403, 13 x 62, or 26 x 31
  • 806 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √806 ≈ 28.390139.

806 is a palindrome in three different bases:

  • 11211 BASE 5 because 1(625) + 1(125) + 2(25) + 1(5) + 1(1) = 806
  • 1C1 BASE 23 (C is 12 base 10) because 1(23²) + 12(23) + 1(1) = 806
  • QQ BASE 30 (Q is 26 base 10) because 26(30) + 26(1) = 806, which follows naturally from the fact that 26 × 31 = 806

806 is the hypotenuse of Pythagorean triple 310-744-806 which is 5-12-13 times 62.

And 806 can be written as the sum of three squares seven different ways:

  • 26² + 11² + 3² = 806
  • 26² + 9² + 7² = 806
  • 25² + 10² + 9² = 806
  • 23² + 14² + 9² = 806
  • 21² + 19² + 2² = 806
  • 21² + 14² + 13² = 806
  • 19² + 18² + 11² = 806

 

799 A Rose for Your Valentine

Roses are beautiful and make lovely gifts for Valentines or any other occasion. A Native American legend explains why roses have thorns.

The rose on today’s puzzle has thorns because without thorny clue 60 the puzzle would not have a unique solution. You can be sure that 60 will play an important part in using logic to find the solution to this puzzle.

With or without a valentine, love your brain and give the puzzle a try. It won’t be easy, but you should eventually be able to figure it out. My blogging friend, justkinga, has some other suggestions to show YOURSELF some love on Valentine’s Day.

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Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 12-factors-795-799

7 + 9 + 9 = 25, a composite number.

7^3 + 9^3 + 9^3 = 1801, a prime number.

Stetson.edu states that 799 is the smallest number whose digits add up to a composite number AND whose digits cubed add up to a prime number.

It may seem like an improbable number fact, but it wasn’t too difficult to verify, and it really is true!

799 is also the smallest number whose digits add up to 25. (The digits of 889 also add up to 25, and its digits cubed also add up to a prime number. Could this be more than a coincidence?)

Here’s more about the number 799:

799 is palindrome 1H1 in BASE 21 (H is 17 base 10). Note that 1(441) + 17(21) + 1(1) = 799.

799 is the hypotenuse of Pythagorean triple 376-705-799 which is 47 times 8-15-17.

  • 799 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 799 = 17 x 47
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 1 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 x 2 = 4. Therefore 799 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 799: 1, 17, 47, 799
  • Factor pairs: 799 = 1 x 799 or 17 x 47
  • 799 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √799 ≈ 266588.

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794 and Level 6

794 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple, 456-650-794, so 456² + 650² = 794².

794 is also palindrome 282 in BASE 18. Note that 2(18²) + 8(18) + 2(1) = 794.

Stetson.edu informs us that 1^6 + 2^6 + 3^6 = 1 + 64 + 729 = 794.

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Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 10-factors-788-794

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  • 794 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 794 = 2 x 397
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 1 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 x 2 = 4. Therefore 794 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 794: 1, 2, 397, 794
  • Factor pairs: 794 = 1 x 794 or 2 x 397
  • 794 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √794 ≈ 1780056.

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787 Always a Unique Solution

  • 787 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 787 is prime and cannot be factored.
  • The exponent of prime number 787 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 787 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 787: 1, 787
  • Factor pairs: 787 = 1 x 787
  • 787 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √787 ≈ 28.05352.

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Now for today’s puzzle….The fact that these Find the Factor puzzles always have a unique solution is an important clue in solving this rather difficult puzzle. Good luck!

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Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 12-factors-782-787

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Here’s more about the number 787:

787 is a palindrome in bases 4, 10, 11 and 16:

  • 30103 BASE 4; note that 3(256) + 0(64) + 1(16) + 0(4) + 3(1) = 787
  • 787 BASE 10; note that 7(100) + 8(10) + 7(1) = 787
  • 656 BASE 11; note that 6(121) + 5(11) + 6(1) = 787
  • 313 BASE 16; note that 3(256) + 1(16) + 3(1) = 787

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What did I mean when I wrote that the puzzles always having a unique solution is an important clue? There is only one clue in the puzzle that is divisible by 11. One of the rows and one of the columns do not have a clue, so the other 11 will go with one of them. The cell where the empty row and empty column intersect cannot be 132 because if that worked, it would produce two possible solutions to the puzzle. This table explains a logical order to find the solution.

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781 and Level 6

  • 781 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 781 = 11 x 71
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 1 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 x 2 = 4. Therefore 781 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 781: 1, 11, 71, 781
  • Factor pairs: 781 = 1 x 781 or 11 x 71
  • 781 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √781 ≈ 27.94637722.

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Can you solve today’s puzzle?

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Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 10-factors-2016

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Here’s more about the number 781:

781 is the sum of the 19 prime numbers from 7 to 79.

Thus 7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19 + 23 + 29 + 31 + 37 + 41 + 43 + 47 + 53 + 59 + 61 + 67 + 71 + 73 + 79 = 781

781 is a repdigit in base 5 and a palindrome in three other bases:

  • 11111 BASE 5. Note that 625 + 125 + 25 + 5 + 1 = 781.
  • 232 BASE 19. Note that 2(19²) + 3(19) + 2(1) = 781
  • 1J1 BASE 20, J = 19 base 10. Note that 1(20²) + 19(20) + 1(1) = 781
  • 141 BASE 26. Note that 1(26²) + 4(26) + 1(1) = 781

781 is also the sum of three squares five ways

  • 27² + 6² + 4² = 781
  • 24² + 14² + 3² = 781
  • 24² + 13² + 6² = 781
  • 21² + 18² + 4² = 781
  • 21² + 14² + 12² = 781

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781-logic

773 and Level 6

  • 773 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 773 is prime and cannot be factored.
  • The exponent of prime number 773 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 773 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 773: 1, 773
  • Factor pairs: 773 = 1 x 773
  • 773 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √773 ≈ 27.8028775.

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How do we know that 773 is a prime number? If 773 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √773 ≈ 27.8. Since 773 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, or 23, we know that 773 is a prime number.

Here is today’s puzzle for you to try to solve:

773 Puzzle

Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 12 Factors 2016-02-25

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What else is special about the number 773?

22² + 17² = 773 so 773 is the hypotenuse of the primitive Pythagorean triple 195-748-773 which was calculated using 22² – 17², 2(17)(22), 22² + 17².

Thus 195² + 748² + 773².

773 is also the sum of three squares six different ways:

  • 26² + 9² + 4² = 773
  • 25² + 12² + 2² = 773
  • 24² + 14² + 1² = 773
  • 23² + 12² + 10² = 773
  • 22² + 15² + 8² = 773
  • 20² + 18² + 7² = 773

773 is a palindrome in two other bases:

  • 545 BASE 12, note that 5(144) + 4(12) + 5(1) = 773
  • 3D3 BASE 14 (D = 13 base 10); note that 3(196) + 13(14) + 3(1) = 773

Here’s another way we know that 773 is a prime number: Since  its last two digits divided by 4 leave a remainder of 1, and 22² + 17² = 773 with 22 and 17 having no common prime factors, 773 will be prime unless it is divisible by a prime number Pythagorean triple hypotenuse less than or equal to √773 ≈ 27.8. Since 773 is not divisible by 5, 13, or 17, we know that 773 is a prime number.

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773 Logic

 


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