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Posted by **cherryl** on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 2:48am.

5y is the square of a number

75yz is the cube of a number.

The smallest value for y + z is = ?”

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**drwls**, Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7:27amThe smallest 5y (with y an integer) that is a square is 25 (y = 5). The next smallest is 100 (y = 20). Let's try y=5 and see what z's will work.

Try various integer z's with y = 5

z = 1, 75yz = 375 (not a cube)

z = 2, 75yz = 750 (not a cube)

z = 3, 75yz = 1125 (not a cube)

z = 4, 75yz = 1500 (not a cube)

z = 5, 75yz = 1875 (not a cube)

z = 6, 75yz = 2250 (not a cube)

z = 7 and 8 don't work either, but

For z=9 75yz = 3375 = 15^3

Therefore y = 5, z = 9 and y + z = 14

No lower integers will work. If I had tried y = 20, the sum y+z would have had to exceed 14.

I used a "trial and error" method. I don't see any easier method, but there might be one.

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**Reiny**, Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 9:10amAll we can do is perhaps shorten some of the trial-and-error steps that drwls had to make

Start with his determination that if

5y is a perfect square, then y = 5

then if 75yz is a cube

then 75(5)z is a cube

If 375z is a cube

375 = 5 x 5 x 5 x 3 x z

for a perfect cube, each factor should show up 3 times

I see three 5's and one 3, so it looks like we need another pair of 3's, or a 9

so z=9

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