Level 2 and Simplifying √552

552 is the sum of all the prime numbers from 37 to 73.

It is also the sum of all the prime numbers from 79 to 103.

That means if you add up all the prime numbers from 37 to 103, you’ll get 1104 which is 2 x 552.

Can you list all those prime numbers?

552 Puzzle

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I’ve modified the cake method to help me find √552.  My philosophy is that there is no reason to completely break up 552 to find its square root when we’re just going to have to put it mostly back together again to give the final answer. About 83% of numbers whose square roots can be reduced are divisible by 4 and/or 9. It makes sense to check to see if 552 is divisible by either of those numbers first.

552 can be evenly divided by 4 because its last two digits are divisible by 4. That means √552 can be reduced. Let’s find 552 ÷ 4.

552 Dividing by 4

The quotient is 138 which is even but not divisible by 4. Let’s check to see if it is divisible by nine: 1 + 3 + 8 = 12. It is divisible by 3, but not by 9.

Since 138 is even and divisible by 3, it is divisible by 6. It is easier to divide by 6 once than it is to divide first by 2 and then by 3. Dividing by 6 makes our division cake look like this:

552 cake

Since 23 is a prime number, we are done with the division process. Taking the square root of everything on the outside of the cake we get √552 = (√4)(√6)(√23) = (√4)(√138) = 2√138.

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  • 552 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 552 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 23, which can be written 552 = (2^3) x 3 x 23
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 3, 1, and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (3 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 4 x 2 x 2 = 16. Therefore 552 has exactly 16 factors.
  • Factors of 552: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 23, 24, 46, 69, 92, 138, 184, 276, 552
  • Factor pairs: 552 = 1 x 552, 2 x 276, 3 x 184, 4 x 138, 6 x 92, 8 x 69, 12 x 46, or 23 x 24
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √552 = (√4)(√138) = 2√138 ≈ 23.49468

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552 Factors

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551 and Level 1

551 is the sum of all the prime numbers from 11 to 67. It also equals this sum of consecutive primes: 179 + 181 + 191.

551 is the hypotenuse of the Pythagorean triple 380-399-551. What is the greatest common factor of those three numbers? Hint: It’s one of the factors of 551 listed below the puzzle.

551 Puzzle

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  • 551 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 551 = 19 x 29
  • 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 551 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 551: 1, 19, 29, 551
  • Factor pairs: 551 = 1 x 551 or 19 x 29
  • 551 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √551 ≈ 23.453389

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551 Factors

549 and Level 6

549 is the hypotenuse of the Pythagorean triple 99-540-549. What is the greatest common factor of those three numbers?

549 Puzzle

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  • 549 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 549 = 3 x 3 x 61, which can be written 549 = (3^2) x 61
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 2 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (2 + 1)(1 + 1) = 3 x 2  = 6. Therefore 549 has exactly 6 factors.
  • Factors of 549: 1, 3, 9, 61, 183, 549
  • Factor pairs: 549 = 1 x 549, 3 x 183, or 9 x 61
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √549 = (√9)(√61) = 3√61 ≈ 23.430749

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549 Logic

548 and Level 5

548 is the hypotenuse of the Pythagorean triple 352-420-548. What is the greatest common factor of those three numbers?

548 Puzzle

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  • 548 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 548 = 2 x 2 x 137, which can be written 548 = (2^2) x 137
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 2 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (2 + 1)(1 + 1) = 3 x 2  = 6. Therefore 548 has exactly 6 factors.
  • Factors of 548: 1, 2, 4, 137, 274, 548
  • Factor pairs: 548 = 1 x 548, 2 x 274, or 4 x 137
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √548 = (√4)(√137) = 2√137 ≈ 23.4093998

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548 Logic

547 and Level 4

547 is the difference of two consecutive numbers that have been cubed.

Thus 547 = 14³ – 13³.

547 is difference of 2 cubes

We can use divisibility tricks that easily show that 547 is not divisible by 2, 3, 5, or 11.

  • 547 is odd so it’s not divisible by 2
  • 5 + 4 + 7 = 16 which is not divisible by 3, so 547 is not divisible by 3
  • The last digit of 547 is not 5 or 0 so it is not divisible by 5
  • 5 – 4 + 7 = 8 which is not divisible by 11, so 547 is not divisible by 11

Also because it is the difference of 14^3 and 13^3, and 13 and 14 have no common prime factors, 547 also cannot be evenly divided by 13, 14 or any of their prime factors (2 and 7). Thus 547 is not divisible by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, or 13. Could 547 possibly be a prime number? We only have to try to divide it by 17, 19, and 23 to know for sure! Scroll down past the puzzle to find out.

547 Puzzle

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  • 547 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 547 is prime.
  • The exponent of prime number 547 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 547 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 547: 1, 547
  • Factor pairs: 547 = 1 x 547
  • 547 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √547 ≈ 23.38803

How do we know that 547 is a prime number? If 547 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √547 ≈ 23.4. Since 547 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, or 23, we know that 547 is a prime number.

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547 Logic

546 and Level 3

546 is made from 3 consecutive numbers so it is divisible by 3.

The sum of all the prime numbers from 53 to 83 is 546. Can you list all those prime numbers?

546 is the hypotenuse of the Pythagorean triple 210-504-546. Those three numbers have eight common factors, but what is the greatest common factor?

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Puzzles can be a great resource in teaching mathematics. I’ve made crossword puzzles to review vocabulary words before, but none of them looked as inviting to complete as the one Resourceaholic recommended in her 7 July 2015 post on end of term resources. What a difference a little clip art makes to a well-constructed crossword puzzle! The post also includes links to several other amazing mathematics-related puzzles including a polygon word search and a number sequence number search puzzle. Check it out!

546 Puzzle

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  • 546 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 546 = 2 x 3 x 7 x 13
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 1, 1, 1, and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 16. Therefore 546 has exactly 16 factors.
  • Factors of 546: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 21, 26, 39, 42, 78, 91, 182, 273, 546
  • Factor pairs: 546 = 1 x 546, 2 x 273, 3 x 182, 6 x 91, 7 x 78, 13 x 42, 14 x 39, or 21 x 26
  • 546 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √546 ≈ 23.36664

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A Logical Approach to solve a FIND THE FACTORS puzzle: Find the column or row with two clues and find their common factor. Write the corresponding factors in the factor column (1st column) and factor row (top row).  Because this is a level three puzzle, you have now written a factor at the top of the factor column. Continue to work from the top of the factor column to the bottom, finding factors and filling in the factor column and the factor row one cell at a time as you go.

546 Factors

545 and Level 2

The first few centered square numbers are 1, 5, 13, 25, 41, and 61. Starting in the center of this multi-colored square, can you locate each of those centered square numbers? 545 is the 17th centered square number. This wikipedia link explains the relationship between centered square numbers and the more familiar square numbers like 1, 4, 9, 16, 25 and 36. It also explains that every centered square number except 1 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple.

545 is the 17th Centered Square Number

If you have difficulty seeing those first few centered square numbers, perhaps this will help:

1, 5, 13, 25, 41, 61 Centered Squares

545 is a centered square number because 16 and 17 are consecutive numbers and (16^2) + (17^2) = 545.

It is probably less exciting that (23^2) + (4^2) = 545.

545 is the hypotenuse of four Pythagorean triples. Which of these triples are primitives and which of them aren’t? The ones with greatest common factors greater than one are not primitive:

  • 33-544-545
  • 184-513-545
  • 300-455-545
  • 327-436-545

545 Puzzle

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  • 545 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 545 = 5 x 109
  • 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 545 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 545: 1, 5, 109, 545
  • Factor pairs: 545 = 1 x 545 or 5 x 109
  • 545 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √545 ≈ 23.345235

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545 Factors

544 and Level 1

544 is the hypotenuse of Pythagorean triple 256-480-544. Can you find the greatest common factor of those three numbers?

544 Puzzle

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  • 544 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 544 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 17, which can be written 544 = (2^5) x 17
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 5 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (5 + 1)(1 + 1) = 6 x 2 = 12. Therefore 544 has exactly 12 factors.
  • Factors of 544: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 17, 32, 34, 68, 136, 272, 544
  • Factor pairs: 544 = 1 x 544, 2 x 272, 4 x 136, 8 x 68, 16 x 34, or 17 x 32
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √544 = (√16)(√34) = 4√34 ≈ 23.3238

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544 Factors

 

542 and Level 6

Here are some ways to make 542 by adding together exactly three square numbers.

  • 542 = (21^2) + (10^2) + (1^2)
  • 542 = (19^2) + (10^2) + (9^2)
  • 542 = (18^2) + (13^2) + (7^2)
  • 542 = (15^2) + (14^2) + (11^2)

542 Puzzle

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  • 542 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 542 = 2 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 542 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 542: 1, 2, 271, 542
  • Factor pairs: 542 = 1 x 542 or 2 x 271
  • 542 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √542 ≈ 23.280893

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542 Logic

541 and Level 5

541 = 21² + 10² = 441 + 100

541 is the hypotenuse of the primitive Pythagorean triple 341-420-541

And finally, after the longest string of composite numbers so far, 541 is quite notably a prime number. In fact, it is the 100th prime number.

541 Puzzle

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  • 541 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 541 is prime.
  • The exponent of prime number 541 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 541 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 541: 1, 541
  • Factor pairs: 541 = 1 x 541
  • 541 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √541 ≈ 23.25940 66 99 22 601 44

How do we know that 541 is a prime number? If 541 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √541 ≈ 23.3. Since 541 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, or 23, we know that 541 is a prime number.

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541 Logic