# Thread: Find the smallest integer k such that 600k is a cube number.

1. ## [Solved] Find the smallest integer k such that 600k is a cube number.

as stated in the title - Find the smallest integer k such that 600k is a cube number. Thanks ever so much!

2. Hello,
Originally Posted by BabyMilo
as stated in the title - Find the smallest integer k such that 600k is a cube number. Thanks ever so much!
The trick for this is to factor 600 :

$600=4\times 150=8\times 3\times 5^2=2^3 \times 3\times 5^2$

But in a cube number, the prime decomposition is in the form $p_1^{3\alpha_1}\times p_2^{3\alpha_2}\times\dots$

So for $2^3$, it's okay.
If 3 is in the prime decomposition of the cube number, then $3^3$ has to. So keep a factor $3^2$
Same reasoning for 5. Keep a factor 5.

$k=3^2\times 5=45$ is the smallest integer such that $600k$ is a cube number.

This is a rather intuitive thing. I'm sorry if I'm not providing a formal proof :s

3. Originally Posted by BabyMilo
as stated in the title - Find the smallest integer k such that 600k is a cube number. Thanks ever so much!
I think you mean positive integer k:

$600k = 2^3 \times3 \times 5^2 \times k$

Now we see that 2 is already cubed. If we throw a couple of threes in k and one 5, we will get 3 and 5 cubed...

So choose $k = 3^2 \times 5 = 45$

$600k = 2^3 \times3 \times 5^2 \times 3^2 \times 5 = 2^3 \times 3^3 \times 5^3 = (2 \times 3 \times 5)^3 = 30^3$

Can you see why this must be the smallest integer k?

4. Fully understood! Thanks both of you!

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# Find the smallest positive interger K such that 360K is a cube number

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