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Does n² has all the factors n has? How can I be sure?

  1. Mar 22, 2014 #1
    First of all, pardon me for my poor English, which is even worse for mathematics.

    As an answer to my question, I think it does have all the factors n has. But I can't write mathematical proof of it, and so I can't make that statement. It's probably easy. I can write that in the opposite direction though:

    let a, b, c, ..., z be the factors of N:

    (a * b * c * ... * z) = N


    (a * b * c * ... * z)² = N²
    (pretty simple thinking)

    but I can't write that in the other direction... I mean, begining with N² and it's factors, conclude that it has at least all the factors N has.
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  3. Mar 22, 2014 #2


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    Well, let's write ##N = a_1 a_2 \ldots a_n## and choose any factor, say ##a_1##. Then ##N^2 = (a_1 a_2 \ldots a_n)(a_1 a_2 \ldots a_n) = a_1*X## where ##X = (a_2 a_3 \ldots a_n)*N##. Therefore ##a_1## is a factor of ##N^2##.

    [edited] to use better notation
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2014
  4. Mar 22, 2014 #3
    Thank you, it took me a while to understand, because I forgot I was talking about prime factors. In fact I was, and the title should be different. My mistake. I'm glad you saw through it. That's a neat explanation by the way. I like math more and more with each passing day.
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