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Greatest common factor, least common multiple.

Discussion in 'Math' started by strantor, Sep 20, 2011.

1. strantor Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

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I'm trying to help my neice with her homework over the internet, via her mom who's also trying to help her. I feel like I'm one of those idiots on "are you smarter than a 5th grader" So, here's what I got (this is the email I am sending her mom, with the homework questions in BOLD, and my answer in italics:

2. Papabravo Expert

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Brian has 45 tanzas because:
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2. (4 * 11) +1 = 45 = (9*5)

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3. djsfantasi AAC Fanatic!

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Factor 2,700 into it's prime components:
A*B=3*3*3*2*2*5*5

Shuffling terms around using the knowledge we have that 3*5=15 is the greatest common multiple:
A*B=(3*5)*(3*5)*2*2*3
..and introducing our friends x and y from algebra:
A=15*x
B=15*y

...and using the leftover terms,
x*y=2*2*3

This means there are multiple possibilities for the x and y values.
x= 1, 2, 4
y=12, 6, 3

This results in:
A= 15, 30, 60
B=180, 90, 45

Now using the three possible sets for x and y, I come up with three different answers, depending on which of the three perfectly valid choices we make for the 2 numbers whcih multiply together to get 2,700:
A= 3*5 =15
B= 2*2*3*3*5 =180
Least common multiple =2*2*3*3*5 =180

A= 2*3*5 =30
B= 2*2*3*5*5 =90
Least common multiple =2*2*3*5*5 =90

A= 2*2*3*5 =60
B= 3*3*5 =45
Least common multiple =2*2*3*3*5 =180

Your neice probably needs one correct answer. I like A=30 and B=90 because it stared me right in the face. In fact, I almost convinced myself it was the only answer.

4. strantor Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

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@djsfantasi
I thought it was going to be a lot simpler than that. I think this stuff is supposed to be pre-algebra. Thanks for the answer, I will let her know.

5. Zazoo Member

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One correction, of the remaining factors of 2*2*3 the pair of twos must remain in A or B, if you put a single two in both A and B then the GCF becomes 30 not 15. So the second one won't satisfy the required GCF

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6. Georacer Moderator

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What's a tanza anyway?

I 'd like to justify Papabravo's answer:

We know that:

The first N that makes K an integer is N=4 and K=5

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7. strantor Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

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No idea. it's something they have in the philippines I guess (that's where my neice is)