Lesson: Exponent Laws - Part I

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The value of 12! is closest to:

A. (10^6)
B. 3(10^7)
C. 5(10^8)
D. 7(10^9)
E. 9(10^11)

Hi Brent,
I did not understand your approach to solve this question. What is 12!
Grateful for your help on this
Fatima-Zahra
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Question link: https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-value-of-12-is-closest-to-233527.html

Good question, Fatima-Zahra.

In general, n! (read as "n factorial") is the product of all of the positive integers from 1 to n.

So, for example, 4! = 4 x 3 x 2 x 1
7! = 7 x 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1
and 12! = 12 x 11 x 10 x 9 x 8 x 7 x 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1

More on factorial notation: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-counting/video/780

Cheers,
Brent

Hi Brent, could you explain how do we solve a factorial number in this case?
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Sorry Jalal, but I'm not sure what you mean by "solve a factorial number."
If you mean how to evaluate (e.g., 3! = 6), then I cover that in my post here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-value-of-12-is-closest-to-233527.html#p18...

Cheers,
Brent

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