Algebra AMC 8 Math Olympiad Number Theory

Least common multiple | AMC 8, 2016 – Problem 20

Try this beautiful problem from Algebra based on Division algorithm (Least Common Multiple) You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

LCM – AMC 8, 2016 – Problem 20

The least common multiple of a and b is 12 .and the lest common multiple of b and c is 15.what is the least possible value of the least common multiple of a and c?

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AMC-8, 2016 problem 20

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Find greatest common factors

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Find Least common multiple….

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we wish to find possible values of a,b and c .By finding the greatest common factor 12 and 15, algebrically ,it’s some multiple of b and from looking at the numbers ,we are sure that it is 3.Moving on to a and c ,in order to minimize them,we wish to find the least such that the LCM of a and 3 is 12,$\to 4$.similarly with 3 and c,we obtain 5.the LCM of 4 and 5 is 20 .

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