Factorial Digits

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Computing leads to large numbers quickly. In fact, the largest factorial most calculators can handle is 69!, because 70! is a 101-digit number. It is easy, however, to compute a few leading digits and the total number of digits, as well as the number of trailing zeros of a factorial. With some extra work you can also compute the last nonzero digit.

Contributed by: Oleksandr Pavlyk (March 2011)
Additional contributions by: Stan Wagon
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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The last nonzero digit code is based on the work of Vladimir Dudchenko, the first prize winner of the Russian StudentMathematicacontest.



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