A Multiplication Based Logic Puzzle

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816 and Level 2

Eight is half of sixteen, so 816 is divisible by 6. You probably weren’t expecting that divisibility rule, but it’s true.

816 can also be easily divided by 2, 4, and 8. How many factors does 816 have in all? Plenty! Scroll down past the puzzle and see!

  • 816 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 816 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 17, which can be written 816 = (2^4) x 3 x 17
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 4, 1 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (4 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 5 x 2 x 2 = 20. Therefore 816 has exactly 20 factors.
  • Factors of 816: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 17, 24, 34, 48, 51, 68, 102, 136, 204, 272, 408, 816
  • Factor pairs: 816 = 1 x 816, 2 x 408, 3 x 272, 4 x 204, 6 x 136, 8 x 102, 12 x 68, 16 x 51, 17 x 48 or 24 x 34
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √816 = (√16)(√51) = 4√51 ≈ 28.5657

Since 17 is one of its factors, 816 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:

  • 384-720-816 which is 48 times 8-15-17

816 is repdigit OO in base 33 (O is 24 base 10). That is true because

  • 24(33¹) + 24(33º) = 24(33¹ + 33º) = 24(33 + 1) = 24 × 34 = 816

816 is the sum of the sixteen prime numbers from 19 to 83:

  • 19 + 23 + 29 + 31 + 37 + 41 + 43 + 47 + 53 + 59 + 61 + 67 + 71 + 73 + 79 + 83 = 816

Coincidentally, 816 is also the sixteenth tetrahedral number.

That’s because 16(16 + 1)(16 + 2)/6 = 816, which is a fast way to compute it. Here’s what it means to be the 16th tetrahedral number:

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815 and Level 1

Since multi-digit 815 ends with 5, it is a composite number, and it is also the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:

  • 489-652-815 which is 163 times 3-4-5.

Can you write the numbers 1 – 12 in both the first column and the top row so that this puzzle functions like a multiplication table?

 

  • 815 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 815 = 5 x 163
  • 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 815 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 815: 1, 5, 163, 815
  • Factor pairs: 815 = 1 x 815 or 5 x 163
  • 815 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √815 ≈ 5482048.

813 My Newest Grandchild

My NEWEST grandchild was adopted a couple of months ago in China. My daughter-in-law blogged about picking up their daughter and returning to her orphanage to say good-bye before they left China. The details given are very moving. In spite of the traumatic start, this little girl and her family have grown to love each other very much.

Here she is sitting with my husband, me, and her big sister. My husband and I are pretty new to her so she’s probably thinking in Mandarin, “Who are these people?” On the other hand, we are delighted to be a part of her life now.

Here is today’s puzzle:

Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 10-factors 807-814

Here’s a little about the number 813:

  • 813 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 813 = 3 x 271
  • 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 813 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 813: 1, 3, 271, 813
  • Factor pairs: 813 = 1 x 813 or 3 x 271
  • 813 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √813 ≈ 51315.

813 is repdigit 111 in BASE 28 because 28² + 28¹ + 28º = 813

Stetson.edu and my calculator informed me that 813^e = 81,366,615.06223032 . . .

 

812 How Many Triangles in All?

Here’s a puzzle for you. How many total triangles are there in the figure below?

Okay, if you guessed 812 because this is my 812th post, you would be right. But what if you were asked that question in some real world situation where accessing the internet to get the answer isn’t permitted. How would you know the answer then?

True, you might have memorized the formula I mentioned in 658-How Many Triangles Point Up? How Many Triangles Point Down? How Many Triangles in All?:

  • The total number of triangles = ⌊n(n+2)(2n+1)/8⌋ where the brackets mean round decimals DOWN to the closest integer. 
  • Here n = 14, so the number of triangles is 14×16×29/8 = 812. Rounding down wasn’t necessary since the product of two consecutive even numbers is always divisible by 8.

Still, you probably wouldn’t remember that formula unless you had seen it VERY recently or you have a photographic memory.

You could actually COUNT all the triangles. In the post about 658 total triangles, I noted that the 13 rows of small triangles formed a total of 169 of the smallest triangles, but I suggested that it would be easier to ignore that nice square number and instead count the number of triangles pointing UP separately from the number pointing DOWN. You will add up a lot of triangular numbers as you sum up the number of them pointing up and again as you sum up the number pointing down.

Making a chart of the number of triangles pointing UP would be easy. It’s just a list of triangular numbers in order. However, the chart for the ones pointing down might be confusing because you don’t use all of the triangular numbers, and the ones you use will be different for an even number of rows than for an odd number of rows. For example,

  • the pointing DOWN portion of the chart for 14 rows of triangles below uses these seven triangular numbers: 1, 6, 15, 28, 45, 66, and 91,
  • while the pointing DOWN chart for 13 rows of triangles uses six different triangular numbers: 3, 10, 21, 36, 55, and 78.

Here is a chart listing the number of triangles of any size that are contained in a triangular figure made with 14 rows of small triangles. Interesting note: Because 14 + 2 = 16, a multiple of 8, the total number of triangles in this case will be divisible by 14, the number of line segments on each side.

Making such a chart works. However, remembering  which triangular numbers to use and how many you should use, especially when counting the odd number of rows of triangles pointing DOWN, might be difficult.

Today I was thinking about triangular numbers and their relationship to square numbers:

  • The sum of two consecutive triangular numbers always makes a square number. On the chart above, I’ve paired up certain consecutive triangular numbers by coloring them the same color. The sizes of the triangles being paired together by like colors are not the same size (with one exception), but their sums are nevertheless square numbers every time.
  • Thus, we also can come up with a single list of numbers to add to arrive at the total number of triangles as illustrated below. This has made me changed my mind about using those square numbers to help count! Notice how every other number on each list below, including the last number to be added, is a square number.

Of the methods discussed in this post, this one that includes square numbers might be the easiest one to remember. Here are the steps I used to find the total number of triangles:

  • Count the rows and determine if that number is even or odd.
  • Write the triangular numbers in order until the amount of numbers written equals the number of rows.
  • If the number of rows is even, replace the 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc. entries with corresponding square numbers: 4, 16, 36, etc.
  • If the number of rows is odd, replace the 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc entries with corresponding square numbers: 1, 9, 25, etc.
  • Add all the numbers remaining in the list. The sum will be the total number of triangles for that many rows of small triangles.

Okay, that puzzle was rather difficult and took a while to explain. You may find this Level 4 puzzle to be easier:

Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 10-factors 807-814

Here’s a little more about the number 812:

  • 812 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 812 = 2 x 2 x 7 x 29, which can be written 812 = (2^2) x 7 x 29
  • 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 812 has exactly 12 factors.
  • Factors of 812: 1, 2, 4, 7, 14, 28, 29, 58, 116, 203, 406, 812
  • Factor pairs: 812 = 1 x 812, 2 x 406, 4 x 203, 7 x 116, 14 x 58, or 28 x 29
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √812 = (√4)(√203) = 2√203 ≈ 28.4956 (That was three multiples of 7)

812 = 28 × 29, which means it is the sum of the first 28 even numbers.

  • Thus, 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . .  + 52 + 54 + 56 = 812

It also means that we are halfway between 28² and 29², or halfway between 784 and 841. The average of those two numbers is 812.5.

AND it means that 28² + 29² – 1 = 2(812) = 2(28 × 29)

Since 29 is one of its factors, 812 is also the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:

  • 560-588-812 which is 28 times 20-21-29.

809 Palindromes, Factors, Whoop-de-doo

Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 10-factors 807-814

Normally I would tell you that 809 is a palindrome in two different bases:

  • 676 in BASE 11 because 6(121) + 7(11) + 6(1) = 809
  • 575 in BASE 12 because 5(144) + 7(12) +5(1) = 809

But whoop-de-doo, all that really means is that (x – 11) is a factor of 6x² + 7x – 803, and (x – 12) is a factor of 5x² + 7x – 804.

Isn’t it just as exciting that

  • (x – 2) is a factor of x^9 + x^8 + x^5 + x³ – 808 because 809 is 1100101001 in BASE 2?
  • (x – 3) is a factor of x^6 + 2x³ + 2x² +2x – 807 because 809 is 1002222 in BASE 3?
  • (x – 4) is a factor of 3x^4 + 2x² + 2x – 808 because 809 is 30221 in BASE 4?
  • (x – 5) is a factor of x^4 + x³ + 2x² + x – 805 because 809 is 11214 in BASE 5?

Notice that the last number in each of those polynomials is divisible by the BASE number.

Palindromes NEVER end in zero so the polynomials they produce will NEVER end in the original base 10 number.

So are palindromes really so special? Today I am much more excited that figuring out what a number is in another base can give us a factor of a corresponding polynomial!

How do I know what those polynomials are? Let me use 809 in BASE 6 as an example:

Since 809 is 3425 in BASE 6, I know that

  • 3(6³) + 4(6²) + 2(6¹) + 5(6º) = 809
  • 3(216) + 4(36) + 2(6) + 5(1) – 809 = 0
  • so 3(216) + 4(36) + 2(6) – 804 = 0
  • thus (x – 6) is a factor of 3x³ + 4x² + 2x – 804 because of the factor theorem.

If I told you what 809 is in Bases 7, 8, 9, and 10 would you be able to write the corresponding polynomials that are divisible by (x – 7), (x – 8), (x – 9), and (x – 10) respectively?

  • 2234 in BASE 7
  • 1451 in BASE 8
  • 1088 in BASE 9
  • 809 in BASE 10

Scroll down past 809’s factoring information to see if you found the correct polynomials.

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  • 809 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 809 is prime and cannot be factored.
  • The exponent of prime number 809 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 809 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 809: 1, 809
  • Factor pairs: 809 = 1 x 809
  • 809 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √809 ≈ 28.4429253066558.

How do we know that 809 is a prime number? If 809 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √809 ≈ 28.4. Since 809 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, or 23, we know that 809 is a prime number.

Here’s another way we know that 809 is a prime number: Since its last two digits divided by 4 leave a remainder of 1, and 28² + 5² = 809 with 28 and 5 having no common prime factors, 809 will be prime unless it is divisible by a prime number Pythagorean triple hypotenuse less than or equal to √809 ≈ 28.4. Since 809 is not divisible by 5, 13, or 17, we know that 809 is a prime number.

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Were you able to find those polynomials from knowing what 809 is in other bases? Check your work with the answers below:

  • 2234 Base 7 tells us (x – 7) is a factor of 2x³ + 2x² + 3x – 805
  • 1451 Base 8 tells us (x – 8) is a factor of x³ + 4x² + 5x – 808
  • 1088 Base 9 tells us (x – 9) is a factor of x³ + 8x – 801
  • 809 Base 10 tells us (x – 10) is a factor of 8x² – 800

If you’ve made it this far, even if I’ve made you feel a little dizzy, you’ve done GREAT! Keep up the good work!

 

808 Happy Birthday, Justin!

Happy birthday to my good friend, Justin! He seems to always remember the birthdays 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.

Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 10-factors 807-814

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.

807 and Level 1

What can I say about the number 807?

807 is palindrome 151 in BASE 26 because 1(26²) + 5(26) + 1(1) = 807.

Anything else? Well, I can figure out a few other things because 807’s has two prime factors, 3 and 269:

We can write ANY number (unless it’s a power of 2) as the sum of consecutive numbers in at least one way. 807 has three different ways to do that:

  • 403 + 404 = 807 because 807 isn’t divisible by 2.
  • 268 + 269 + 270 = 807 because it is divisible by 3.
  • 132 + 133 + 134 + 135 + 136 + 137 = 807 since it is divisible by 3 but not by 6.

I know that one of 807’s factors, 269, is a hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple, so 807 is also. Thus. . .

  • (3·69)² + (3·260)² = (3·269)², or in other words, 207² + 780² = 807²

Since 807 has two odd sets of factor pairs, I know that 807 can be written as the difference of two squares two different ways:

  • 136² – 133² = 807
  • 404² – 403² = 807

I don’t usually do this, but today’s puzzle has something in common with 807. Can you tell what it is?

Print the puzzles or type the solution on this excel file: 10-factors 807-814

  • 807 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 807 = 3 x 269
  • 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 807 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 807: 1, 3, 269, 807
  • Factor pairs: 807 = 1 x 807 or 3 x 269
  • 807 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √807 ≈ 28.4077454

 

 

 

 

 

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