# How many 3 digit numbers have exactly 3 factors?

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2015-06-18T16:08:08+05:30

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Total 7 numbers
numbers are: 121, 169, 289,361, 529, 841 and 961
2015-06-18T16:16:56+05:30

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Every number has two factors - 1 and the number itself

So now the question becomes of finding a 3 digit number having exactly one factor other than 1 and the number itself.

Factors always exist in pairs which means that if x is a factor of n, then n/x is also a factor of n.

Since the number has only one factor other than 1 and the number itself, it means that x and n/x are equal, otherwise the number will have 4 factors - 1, the number itself(n), x, n/x, where x is a factor. And since the number has no other factor,x has to be a prime number.

Therefore the number is a perfect square of a prime number and is a 3 digit number -  which makes 7 such numbers