# Number Theory. Argue Is not the square of an integer.

## Homework Statement

Argue that (17^4)*(5^10)*(3^5) is not the square of an integer.

N/A?

## The Attempt at a Solution

Do I break these up, and show that each is not a square? I'm not sure if that would be correct, but sqrt(17^4)=289 * sqrt(5^10)=3125 * sqrt(243)=15.5884 =...

Since sqrt(243)=15.5884 and is not an integer then the above is not the square of an integer. Is this an efficient explanation?

## Answers and Replies

HallsofIvy
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
Well, it certainly doesn't show any understanding of the problem! Look at the exponents: $\sqrt{17^4}= (17^4)^{1/2}= 17^2$. $\sqrt{5^{10}}= (5^{10})^{1/2}= 5^5$. What about $\sqrt{3^5}$?

Do you see why the fact that 3, 5, and 17 are prime numbers is important?
(Consider the same question about $\sqrt{(8)(18)}$.)