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Shonk sequence
is a sequence of positive integers in which
each term after the first is greater than the previous term, and
the product of all the terms is a perfect square
For example: \(2, 6, 27\) is a Shonk sequence since \(6>2\) and \(27>6\) and \(2\cdot 6\cdot 27=324\) or \(18^2\)
a. If 12, x, 24 is a Shonk sequence, what is the value of x?
b. If 28, y, z, 65 is a Shonk sequence, what are the values of y and z?
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a. If 12, x, 24 is a Shonk sequence, what is the value of x?
12 * x * 24 will multiply to a perfect square.
This means that when you square root this perfect square, it outputs an integer.
Let's call this perfect square y for reference:
12*x*24 = y
Theoretically, both sides of this equation can be square rooted and it'd result in an integer on both sides. So, let's square root both sides:
sqrt (12*x*24) = sqrt(y) [ignore the right side for now on focus on the left]
distribute the square root to each factor:
√12 √x √24
reduce the radicals:
(2 √3) * √x * (2 √6)
combine √3 and √6 to get √18. The √18 is 3 √2. This leads us to the following expression
2 * 2 * 3 * √2 * √x
12 * √2 * √x
Combine √2 with √x since they're both square roots:
12 * √ (2*x)
Now you need to find a number that when multiplied to 2 gives you a perfect square. Remember, this number needs to be between [12 and 24], so choose wisely. The number that fits is x = 18
When x = 18, we get √36, and since 36 is a perfect square, this makes the left side:
12 * 6 = 72
So the √y = 72
y = 72^2 = 5184
You can do (b) the same way!
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b. If 28, y, z, 65 is a Shonk sequence, what are the values of y and z?
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This is some next level math!
Using the same approach at @habiba, we get:
Notice that I strategically chose numbers between the boundary that were divisible by 13, 5, and 7. I needed to do this so that they could become perfect squares.
Any further questions, let us know.
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That's amazing! Thank you both!!!
Can you help me with part (c)
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c. Determine the length of the longest Shonk sequence, each of whose terms is an integer between 1 and 12, inclusive. Your solution should include an example of this longest length, as well as justification as to why no longer sequence is possible.
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Start with 12!
Write its prime factorization.
Square root each of them to see if they're perfect squares. You know it's a perfect square if its exponent is even.
Go from there
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