This GMAT practice question is a number theory question testing your understanding of factors/divisors of a number. You could get 2 to 4 questions testing concepts in number properties and number theory in the GMAT quant section.
- None of the above
Step 1: Prime factorize the given expression
a * 43 * 62 * 1311 can be expressed in terms of its prime factors as a * 28 * 32 * 1311
Step 2: Find factors missing after excluding 'a' to make the number divisible by both 112 and 33
112 is a factor of the given number.
If we do not include 'a', 11 is not a prime factor of the given number.
If 112 is a factor of the number, 112 should have been in 'a'
33 is a factor of the given number.
If we do not include 'a', the number has only 32 in it.
Therefore, if 33 has to be a factor of the given number 'a' has to contain 31 in it.
Therefore, 'a' should be at least 112 * 3 = 363 if the given number has 112 and 33 as its factors.
The smallest value that a can take is 363.
Choice C is the correct answer.