1270 What’s Brewing on My 5-Year Blogiversary

As Halloween approaches, I remember that five years ago today, I hit the publish button for the first time, and my puzzles became available for anyone with an internet connection to use.

Today’s puzzle looks a little bit like a cauldron. What’s brewing on my 5-year blogiversary?

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I continue to be very grateful to WordPress and the WordPress community for making blogging and publishing easy and enjoyable. I am also very grateful to my readers who have done so much to make this blog grow.

I’m a lot busier now than I was five years ago. Besides blogging, I have a full-time job and a part-time job. I like both of these jobs because I like helping students understand mathematics better. Sometimes I don’t have the time I would like to work on my blog. Nevertheless, I still have blogging goals I want to reach so lately I find myself playing catch-up more often than not.

Now I’ll write a little about the number 1270:

  • 1270 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 1270 = 2 × 5 × 127
  • 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 × 2 × 2 = 8. Therefore 1270 has exactly 8 factors.
  • Factors of 1270: 1, 2, 5, 10, 127, 254, 635, 1270
  • Factor pairs: 1270 = 1 × 1270, 2 × 635, 5 × 254, or 10 × 127
  • 1270 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √1270 ≈ 35.63706

1270 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:
762-1016-1270 which is (3-4-5) times 254

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1269 Tangram Witch Puzzle

If you have the seven tangram pieces, then you can create this Halloween witch riding across the moon (or a paper plate). Best Witches creating all kinds of things with those fabulous tiles!

In case you would like to know some facts about the number 1269, here’s what I’ve learned:

  • 1269 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 1269 = 3 × 3 × 3 × 47, which can be written 1269 = 3³ × 47
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 3 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (3 + 1)(1 + 1) = 4 × 2 = 8. Therefore 1269 has exactly 8 factors.
  • Factors of 1269: 1, 3, 9, 27, 47, 141, 423, 1269
  • Factor pairs: 1269 = 1 × 1269, 3 × 423, 9 × 141, or 27 × 47
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √1269 = (√9)(√141) = 3√141 ≈ 35.62303

1269 is the difference of two squares four different ways:
37² – 10² = 1269
75² – 66² = 1269
213² – 210² = 1269
635² – 634² = 1269

1268 Halloween Cat Mystery

Cats can be quite mysterious. They are a favorite pet for many every day, even though suspicious stories abound about them on Halloween. Can you solve the mystery of this cat-like puzzle?

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Now I’ll share a few facts about the number 317:

  • 1268 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 1268 = 2 × 2 × 317, which can be written 1268 = 2² × 317
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 2 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (2 + 1)(1 + 1) = 3 × 2  = 6. Therefore 1268 has exactly 6 factors.
  • Factors of 1268: 1, 2, 4, 317, 634, 1268
  • Factor pairs: 1268 = 1 × 1268, 2 × 634, or 4 × 317
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √1268 = (√4)(√317) = 2√317 ≈ 35.60899

28² + 22² = 1268

1268 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:
300-1232-1268 calculated from 28² – 22², 2(28)(22), 28² + 22².
It is also 4 times (75-308-317)

1267 Frankenstein Mystery

There are legends of Dr. Frankenstein creating a monster years ago. Nowadays Frankenstein’s Monster can often be seen walking through neighborhoods on Halloween night. This puzzle looks a little bit like him.

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But if you take all the color away, he looks completely different and quite harmless:

Now I’ll share some information about the number 1267:

  • 1267 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 1267 = 7 × 181
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 1 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 × 2 = 4. Therefore 1267 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 1267: 1, 7, 181, 1267
  • Factor pairs: 1267 = 1 × 1267 or 7 × 181
  • 1267 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √1267 ≈ 35.59494

1267 is the sum of nine consecutive prime numbers:
113 + 127 + 131 + 137 + 139 + 149 + 151 + 157 + 163 = 1267

1267 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:
133-1260-1267 which is 7 times (19-180-181)

 

1265 More Candy Corn

People don’t each candy corn every day and the only corn in it is corn syrup.  We usually only see it this time of year. Here’s a puzzle with some candy corn for you to enjoy:

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  • 1265 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 1265 = 5 × 11 × 23
  • 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 × 2 × 2 = 8. Therefore 1265 has exactly 8 factors.
  • Factors of 1265: 1, 5, 11, 23, 55, 115, 253, 1265
  • Factor pairs: 1265 = 1 × 1265, 5 × 253, 11 × 115, or 23 × 55
  • 1265 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √1265 ≈ 35.56684

1265 is the sum of the fifteen prime numbers from 53 to 113.

1265 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:
759-1012-1265 which is (3-4-5) times 253

1264 Dum Dums Mystery

Dum Dums have been around since 1924. If you go trick or treating, you will likely get at least one of these popular lollipops. Have fun solving the Dum Dums mystery puzzle I’ve made for you.

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Here are a few facts about the number 1264:

  • 1264 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 1264 = 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 × 79, which can be written 1264 = 2⁴ × 79
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 4 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (4 + 1)(1 + 1) = 5 × 2 = 10. Therefore 1264 has exactly 10 factors.
  • Factors of 1264: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 79, 158, 316, 632, 1264
  • Factor pairs: 1264 = 1 × 1264, 2 × 632, 4 × 316, 8 × 158, or 16 × 79
  • Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √1264 = (√16)(√79) = 4√79 ≈ 35.55278

1264 is the sum of the first twenty-seven prime numbers. That’s all the prime numbers from 2 to 103.

 

 

1263 Candy Corn Mystery

Candy Corn is a soft traditional Halloween candy. I hope this puzzle is a sweet treat for you to solve! Just write the numbers from one to 10 in the first column and the top row so that the puzzle becomes a sort of multiplication table with the given clues becoming the products of the factors you write.

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Now I’ll write a little bit about the number 1263:

  • 1263 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 1263 = 3 × 421
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 1 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 × 2 = 4. Therefore 1263 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 1263: 1, 3, 421, 1263
  • Factor pairs: 1263 = 1 × 1263 or 3 × 421
  • 1263 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √1263 ≈ 35.53871

1263 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:
87-1260-1263 which is 3 times (29-420-421)

1262 Jack-o-lantern Mystery

I have a week’s worth of Halloween themed mystery level puzzles starting with this jack-o-lantern. Mystery level doesn’t mean it’s difficult, only that I’m not letting you know if it’s tricky or not. You may find this puzzle is a real treat, so give it a try!

Print the puzzles or type the solution in this excel file: 10-factors-1259-1270

Here are a few facts about the number 1262:

  • 1262 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 1262 = 2 × 631
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 1 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 × 2 = 4. Therefore 1262 has exactly 4 factors.
  • Factors of 1262: 1, 2, 631, 1262
  • Factor pairs: 1262 = 1 × 1262 or 2 × 631
  • 1262 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √1262 ≈ 35.52464

1262 is the sum of the twenty-six prime numbers from 3 to 103.

 

1259 Graveyard Marker

This is the first of a week’s worth of Halloween Find the Factors puzzles. Graveyards are often associated with the holiday. Many graveyards have crosses marking the place where some dearly loved person was laid to rest. This puzzle isn’t very scary. Have fun solving it!

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Now I’ll share some facts about the number 1259:

  • 1259 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 1259 is prime.
  • The exponent of prime number 1259 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 1259 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 1259: 1, 1259
  • Factor pairs: 1259 = 1 × 1259
  • 1259 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √1259 ≈ 35.48239

How do we know that 1259 is a prime number? If 1259 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √1259 ≈ 35.5. Since 1259 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29 or 31, we know that 1259 is a prime number.

1259 is the sum of the twenty-five prime numbers from 5 to 103.

The number after 1259 has thirty-six factors. No wonder 1259 had to settle for 1 and itself being its only factors.

Between prime numbers 1237 and 1277, there are 39 numbers but only two of them are prime numbers. 1259 is one of them. Up to 1277 on the number line, no other segment of the same length has a lower incidence of prime numbers than that!

1231 Mystery Level Puzzle

For almost all the sets of clues in this puzzle, there is more than one permissible common factor. That makes the puzzle a little tricky, but with care, you can still solve it using logic and your knowledge of the basic 10×10 multiplication table. Good luck!

Print the puzzles or type the solution in this excel file: 10-factors-1221-1231

Now I’ll tell you a little bit about the number 1231:

  • 1231 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 1231 is prime.
  • The exponent of prime number 1231 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 1231 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 1231: 1, 1231
  • Factor pairs: 1231 = 1 × 1231
  • 1231 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √1231 ≈ 35.08561

How do we know that 1231 is a prime number? If 1231 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √1231 ≈ 35.1. Since 1231 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29 or 31, we know that 1231 is a prime number.

1231 is a palindrome in a couple of bases:
It’s A1A in BASE 11 because 10(11²) + 1(11) + 10(1) = 1231, and
it’s 1B1 in BASE 30 because 1(30²) + 11(30) + 1(1) = 1231