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728 Number Facts and Factors of the Year 2016

The year 2016 will have some fun mathematical properties:

2016 is the sum of all the counting numbers from 1 to 63. That makes 2016 the 63rd triangular number which can be calculated rather quickly using 63 x 64/2 = 2016. That is definitely an example of multiplication being a shortcut for addition!

When was the last time a year was a triangular number? 1953. That’s the sum of the first 62 numbers, and it is also the year that I was born.

Besides being the sum of the counting numbers from 1 to 63, 2016 is the sum of consecutive numbers a few other ways as well:

  • 671 + 672 + 673 = 2016; that’s 3 consecutive numbers.
  • 285 + 286 + 287 + 288 + 289 + 290 + 291 = 2016; that’s 7 consecutive numbers.
  • 220 + 221 + 222 + 223 + 224 + 225 + 226 + 227 + 228 = 2016; that’s 9 consecutive numbers.
  • 86 + 87 + 88 + 89 + 90 + 91 + 92 + 93 + 94 + 95 + 96 + 97 + 98 + 99 + 100 + 101 + 102 + 103 + 104 + 105 + 106 = 2016; that’s 21 consecutive numbers.

2016 is the sum of the eighteen prime numbers from 71 to 157.

2016 sum of consecutive primes

2016 is also the 32nd hexagonal number because 2 x 32² – 32 = 2016. (All hexagonal numbers are also triangular numbers, and half of all hexagonal numbers are triangular numbers.)

From Stetson.edu we learn that the sum of the square and cube of 2016 is a number containing all the digits 0 – 9 exactly once:

sum of square and cube of 2016

2016 is the short leg in these four primitive Pythagorean triples:

  • 2016-3713-4225
  • 2016-12,463-12,625
  • 2016-20,687-20,785
  • 2016-1,016,063-1,016,065

2016 is not a palindrome in any base until base 47. We just need a symbol to represent 42 base 10 in base 47 because 42(47) + 42(1) = 2016.

Thank you Slate magazine  for including my post in an article about properties of 2016. Also thank you for referring me to eljjdx.canalblog.com which has some very interesting information about the number 2016 that I didn’t include in this post. Something on my computer did a great job translating both of those articles from French into English.

Reflexivemaths has also written many thoughtful starter questions that explore the number 2016.

Before I give the factors of 2016, Let me share a few fun number facts about the number 2016 that I saw on twitter:

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That is the most complicated use of combinations I have ever seen. The innermost parenthesis means 4!/(2!∙2!) which equals 6. Since 2 was raised to that power, we get 2^6 = 64. Then 64!/(62!∙2!) = 2016.

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The last two years on New Year’s Eve I have predicted the factors of the coming year. Each time my predictions were 100% accurate. I am now ready to make my predictions for the factors of 2016:

(Drum roll) There will be 36 positive factors for 2016:

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32, 36, 56, 63, 72, 84, 96, 112, 126, 144, 168, 224, 252, 288, 336, 504, 672, 1008, 2016. Sadly, if you multiply any of them by -1, you’ll know a negative factor for 2016, too.

The factors of 2016 will also come in pairs: 1 x 2016, 2 x 1008, 3 x 672, 4 x 504, 6 x 336, 7 x 288, 8 x 252, 9 x 224, 12 x 168, 14 x 144, 16 x 126, 18 x 112, 21 x 96, 24 x 84, 28 x 72, 32 x 63, 36 x 56and 42 x 48.

2016-factor-pairs

Because the number of 2016’s prime factors is a power of two, 2016 can make a nicely proportioned factor tree especially if we use any of the factor pairs that are in red. (14 x 114 is in bold only because I like the way it looks.) Because 2016 has 8 prime factors, we can get a very full and impressive tree. For example:

Tree 2016

Since this is my 728th post, I’ll write a little about the number 728, too. I’ll start with this factor tree for 728:

Tree 728

It’s not as impressive as the factor tree for 2016, but did you notice that 2016 and 728 share several of the same prime factors?

When two numbers share some of the same factors, we may wonder what is the greatest common factor and what is the least common multiple?

One way to find either value is to use the prime factorization of both numbers. The prime factorization of 2016 uses three bases: 2, 3, and 7, while the prime factorization for 728 uses these bases: 2, 7, and 13. Write down all those bases without duplication, and you get 2, 3, 7, and 13.

For the GREATEST COMMON FACTOR (GCF), look at the prime factorizations and choose the SMALLEST exponent that appears in each. The greatest common factor cannot be bigger than the smallest number, 728. In this case it is 56 which will divide evenly into both 728 and 2016.

GCF and LCM 728, 2016

For the LEAST COMMON MULTIPLE (LCM), look at the prime factorizations and choose the LARGEST exponent that appears in each. The least common multiple cannot be smaller than the largest number, 2016. In this case it is 26,208 which both 728 and 2016 can divided into evenly.

This method for finding the GCF and LCM will also work for three, four, or more numbers and even variable bases like x, y, or z. I encourage you to give it a try!

Here are some more number facts about the number 728:

26 x 28 = 728, and both 26 and 28 are one number away from 27, their average, so 728 is one number away from 27².

Here’s proof: 26 x 28 = (27 – 1)(27 + 1) = (27² – 1²) = 729 – 1 = 728.

Because 13 is one of its prime factors, 728 is the hypotenuse of Pythagorean triple 280-672-728. The greatest common factor of those three numbers is the same as the greatest common factor of 728 and 2016, but what is their least common multiple? It turns out to be 5 x 12 x 13 x 56, the product of the numbers in the primitive Pythagorean triple, 5-12-13, and 56. Using prime factorizations we get (2^5)(3^1)(5^1)(7^1)(13^1). We get the same answer using either method.

728 is a palindrome (repdigit) in three other number bases:

  • 728 is 222222 BASE 3; note that 2(3^5) + 2(3^4) + 2(3^3) + 2(3^2) + 2(3^1) + 2(3^0) = 728.
  • 888 BASE 9; note that 8(81) + 8(9) + 8(1) = 728.
  • QQ BASE 27 (Q = 26 base 10); note that 26(27) + 26(1) = 728.

Here is more factoring information for 728:

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  • 728 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 728 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 7 x 13, which can be written 728 = (2^3) x 7 x 13
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 1, 3, and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(3 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 x 4 x 2 = 16. Therefore 728 has exactly 16 factors.
  • Factors of 728: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 13, 14, 26, 28, 52, 56, 91, 104, 182, 364, 728
  • Factor pairs: 728 = 1 x 728, 2 x 364, 4 x 182, 7 x 104, 8 x 91, 13 x 56, 14 x 52, or 26 x 28
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √728 = (√4)(√182) = 2√182 ≈ 26.981475.

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21 Factors of the Year 2013 and 2014

21 is a composite number. 21 = 1 x 21 or 3 x 7. Factors of 21: 1, 3, 7, 21. Prime factorization: 21 = 3 x 7.

When 21 is a clue in the FIND THE FACTORS puzzles, use 3 x 7.

Scroll down the page to find factoring information about 2013 and 2014.

2013 year

Near the end of each year movie critics make lists of the ten best movies and the ten worse movies of the year. News agencies list the ten most significant news stories. Time magazine lists the ten most influential people of the year. The music industry lists the top ten songs of the year. As 2013 draws to a close, it is most appropriate for me to review the factors of the year.

2013 had exactly 8 positive factors. These factors were 1, 3, 11, 33, 61, 183, 671, and 2013.

There is no room for argument. I am absolutely certain this list is complete. No one will make any comments disagreeing with me, calling me names, or asking how I could have left Two or Five or Seven off the list. Also no one will wonder why I would include forgettable 671 on the list. Do the Math. 671 was clearly a factor in 2013. Three of the factors of 2013 were also prime factors. They were 3, 11, and 61. This graphic clearly shows those prime factors.

2013 tree

2013 also had 8 negative factors. The first negative factor on the list is no surprise: Minus One. Year in and year out we can count on Minus One being a negative factor. Some other factors were just as negative in 2013, namely -3, -11, -33, – 61, -183, -671, and -2013. Of course, many of those factors were so obscure that most people never gave them a second thought all year long. Again I expect no arguments or negative comments on these selections. Anyone who knows anything about factors will have to agree with this list.

Even though 2014 hasn’t even started, I am going to predict the factors of 2014, and I am absolutely positive that my predictions will be 100% correct. You will not even have to wait until the end of 2014 to verify my accuracy.

The positive factors of 2014 will be (drum roll) 1, 2, 19, 38, 53, 106,1007, and 2014.

Most people expect the number One to be a positive factor every single year, and it will not let us down in 2014. The number Two has a reputation of being a factor only about half the time. Since she was not a factor at all in 2013, I am confident that she will get her act together again in 2014 and become a factor once more. All the other factors I’ve listed have not been factors for a very long time, and each one of them is due to make a difference over and over again in 2014 until they have nothing leftover. I predict that 2014 will have three prime factors, namely 2, 19, and 53, as illustrated in the following graphic.

2014 tree

How can I make such accurate assessments and spot on predictions? I will tell you: I work with factors almost every single day, and I’ve spent years observing them. Every time I have been given an assignment to become acquainted with them, I have approached that assignment with enthusiasm and determination.

Regardless of my astounding record, YOU can become just as much an expert as I am with just a little bit of knowledge and effort. You may discover, as I have, that factoring can be great fun. Here are a couple of logic puzzles that require factoring to solve: 

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All you have to do to solve one of the puzzles is write the numbers 1 – 12 in the top row and again in the first column so that those numbers are the factors of the given clues. Each puzzle has only one solution.

At the top of this post is a page titled How to Find the Factors, and it gives hints to solve the puzzles.   Click 12 Factors 2013-12-30 to find a printable version of these and a few other puzzles as well as the solutions for last week’s puzzles. Excel or comparable spreadsheet program is needed to open the file.

Have a great 2014 and happy factoring!

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