Problem #898


Let $f$ be a function satisfying $f(xy) = \frac{f(x)}y$ for all positive real numbers $x$ and $y$. If $f(500) =3$, what is the value of $f(600)$?

$(\mathrm{A})\ 1 \qquad (\mathrm{B})\ 2 \qquad (\mathrm{C})\ \frac52 \qquad (\mathrm{D})\ 3 \qquad (\mathrm{E})\ \frac{18}5$

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