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Factorial Quotient (Posted on 2011-11-19) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Find a positive integer p such that: (p+1)(p+2)....(p+500)/500! is an integer with no prime factors less than 500.

No Solution Yet Submitted by K Sengupta    
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Some Thoughts Better solution? (spoiler) | Comment 3 of 4 |

That's pretty great work.  I had no idea how to tackle this, before 1 saw your solution.

a) Now I am wondering if you have found a minimum.    I don't see any reason that yours needs to be a minimum, and I don't think it is.  For instance, if n = 5 (instead of 500), then your excellent approach gives p = 2^3 * 3^2 = 72.  But p = 18 or 48 or 66 works also, and they are all less than 72.  66 is especially interesting because it has a prime factor that is greater than 5.   Of course, we weren't ask for the minimum.

b) And as long as we are not looking for a minimum, (500!)^2 works easily, and it is easier to prove that it works.

But you get full credit for your solution.

  Posted by Steve Herman on 2011-11-20 19:27:50
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