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The greatest common divisor of two integers is (x+2) and their least common multiple is x(x+2), where x is a positive integer. If one of the integers is 24, what is the smallest possible value of the other one?

Guest Aug 29, 2018

#3**+6 **

**The greatest common divisor of two integers is \((x+2)\) and their least common multiple is \(x(x+2)\), where \(x\) is a positive integer. **

**If one of the integers is \(24\), what is the smallest possible value of the other one ?**

Let \(b\) is the value of the other one

greatest common divisor**\((24,b) = x+2 \text{ and } x \in N\)**

least common multiple\((24,b) = x(x+2) \text{ and } x \in N\)

Formula:

\(\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline \text{greatest common divisor}(a,b) \times \text{least common multiple}(a,b) = a\times b \\ \hline \end{array}\)

\(\mathbf{b =\ ?}\)

\(\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline 24\times b &=& (x+2)\times x(x+2) \\\\ \mathbf{b} & \mathbf{=} & \mathbf{\dfrac{x(x+2)^2}{24}} \qquad x \in N, ~ x \gt 0 \\ \hline \end{array} \)

\(\begin{array}{|r|c|c|} \hline x \in N & \mathbf{b=\dfrac{x(x+2)^2}{24}} & \text{integer}\ ? \\ \hline 1 & \dfrac{3}{8} \\\\ 2 & \dfrac{4}{3} \\\\ 3 & \dfrac{25}{8} \\\\ 4 & \color{red}6 & \checkmark \\\\ \cdots & \cdots \\\\ \hline \end{array}\)

The smallest possible value of the other one is **\(\mathbf{6}\)** and \(x = 4\)

Check:

\(\begin{array}{lcl} \text{greatest common divisor}(24,6) &=& 4+2 = 6 \\ \text{least common multiple}(24,6) &=& 4(4+2)= 4\cdot 6 = 24 \\ \end{array}\)

heureka Aug 30, 2018

#2**+1 **

The smallest value of the other integer appears to be 60.

GCD[24, 60] =12, so (x + 2) =12 and x=10

LCM[24, 60] =120, so that x(x + 2) =10 x 12 = 120

Guest Aug 30, 2018

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Guest
Aug 30, 2018

#3**+6 **

Best Answer

**The greatest common divisor of two integers is \((x+2)\) and their least common multiple is \(x(x+2)\), where \(x\) is a positive integer. **

**If one of the integers is \(24\), what is the smallest possible value of the other one ?**

Let \(b\) is the value of the other one

greatest common divisor**\((24,b) = x+2 \text{ and } x \in N\)**

least common multiple\((24,b) = x(x+2) \text{ and } x \in N\)

Formula:

\(\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline \text{greatest common divisor}(a,b) \times \text{least common multiple}(a,b) = a\times b \\ \hline \end{array}\)

\(\mathbf{b =\ ?}\)

\(\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline 24\times b &=& (x+2)\times x(x+2) \\\\ \mathbf{b} & \mathbf{=} & \mathbf{\dfrac{x(x+2)^2}{24}} \qquad x \in N, ~ x \gt 0 \\ \hline \end{array} \)

\(\begin{array}{|r|c|c|} \hline x \in N & \mathbf{b=\dfrac{x(x+2)^2}{24}} & \text{integer}\ ? \\ \hline 1 & \dfrac{3}{8} \\\\ 2 & \dfrac{4}{3} \\\\ 3 & \dfrac{25}{8} \\\\ 4 & \color{red}6 & \checkmark \\\\ \cdots & \cdots \\\\ \hline \end{array}\)

The smallest possible value of the other one is **\(\mathbf{6}\)** and \(x = 4\)

Check:

\(\begin{array}{lcl} \text{greatest common divisor}(24,6) &=& 4+2 = 6 \\ \text{least common multiple}(24,6) &=& 4(4+2)= 4\cdot 6 = 24 \\ \end{array}\)

heureka Aug 30, 2018