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Which of the following could be the greatest . . .

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Which of the following could be the greatest . . .

Post Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:48 pm
Which of the following could be the greatest common factor of positive integers a and b?

I. 1
II. a
III. a-b

A) II only
B) I and II only
C) I and III only
D) II and III only
E) I, II and III

The OA is E.

I don't know how can I solve this PS question. I need some help. Thanks.

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Post Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:50 pm
Vincen wrote:
Which of the following could be the greatest common factor of positive integers a and b?

I. 1
II. a
III. a-b

A) II only
B) I and II only
C) I and III only
D) II and III only
E) I, II and III
Let’s analyze each Roman numeral.
I. 1

If a = 4 and b = 7, then their greatest common factor is 1. So I is possible.

II. a

If a = 4 and b = 8, then their greatest common factor is 4, which is a. So II is possible.

III. a - b.

If b = 8 and a = 4, then their greatest common factor is 4, which is a - b. So III is possible.

Answer: E

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Post Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:58 pm
Hi Vincen,

We're told that A and B are positive integers. We're asked which of the Roman Numerals COULD be the Greatest Common Factor of A and B. We can solve the problem by TESTing VALUES.

I. 1

IF A=1 and B=2, then the GCF = 1. Roman Numeral 1 COULD be true.
Eliminate Answers A and D.

II. A

IF A=1 and B=2, then the GCF = 1 (so the GCF = A). Roman Numeral 2 COULD be true.
Eliminate Answer C.

III. A - B

IF A=2 and B=1, then the GCF = 1 (so the GCF = A-B). Roman Numeral 3 COULD be true.
Eliminate Answer B.

Final Answer: E

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