Question of The Day03-08-2020

What will be the value of n, if n is the largest power of ‘3’ in the expression 4 × 5 × 6 × …………… × 998 × 999?

Correct Answer : a ) 497

Explanation :

Consider the given expression

4 × 5 × 6 × …………… × 998 × 999

Or,

$$1×2×3×4×5×6× …………… ×998×999 \over 1×2×3$$

$$999! \over1×2×3$$

To calculate the number of ‘3s’ in a factorial of the number we will divide the number first by 3 and write the quotient, then we will divide the number by 9 and write the quotient again and we will continue doing so until we get ‘0’ as the quotient.

So, highest power of 3 that can exactly divide 999! will be

$$Q({999 \over 3})+Q({999 \over 9})+Q({999 \over 27})+Q({999 \over 81})+Q({999 \over 243})+Q({999 \over 729})$$

⇒ 333 + 111 + 37 + 12 + 4 +1

⇒ 498

Therefore, number of 3s in 999! are ‘498’ thus we can say that

Number of '3s' in $$999! \over1×2×3$$ will be 497

Therefore, 3497 is the largest power of ‘3’ in the expression 4 × 5 × 6 × …………… × 998 × 999

Hence, (a) is the correct answer.

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