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Question 11: A number N^{2} has 15 factors. How many factors can N have?

- 5 or 7 factors
- 6 or 8 factors
- 4 or 6 factors
- 9 or 8 factors

6 or 8 factors

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Any number of the form p^{a}q^{b}r^{c} will have (a + 1) (b + 1) (c + 1) factors, where p, q, r are prime. (This is a very important idea)

N^{2} has 15 factors.

Now, 15 can be written as 1 * 15 or 3 * 5.

If we take the underlying prime factorization of N^{2} to be paqb, then it should have (a + 1) (b + 1) factors. So, N can be of the form

p^{14} or p^{2}q^{4}

p^{14} will have (14 + 1) = 15 factors

p^{2}q^{4} will have (2 + 1) * (4 + 1) = 15 factors. Importantly, these are the only two possible prime factorizations that can result in a number having 15 factors.

The question is **"How many factors can N have?"**

Choice B is the correct answer.

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