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Re: If x and y are positive integers, what is the greatest [#permalink]
23 Aug 2010, 10:46

I am sure there is a clever answer to this, C obviously works... I note that from 2. X=(3y+1)/5, so y has to end in a 3 ie y= 3 13 23 etc. While x= 2 8 14 ie even, x even, can we say then that GCD = 1?

Re: If x and y are positive integers, what is the greatest [#permalink]
23 Aug 2010, 11:58

zest4mba wrote:

If x and y are positive integers, what is the greatest common divisor of x and y?

1. 2x + y = 73 2. 5x – 3y = 1

Say x and y were both divisible by some number d. Then 2x + y would certainly be a multiple of d (if you add two multiples of d, you always get a multiple of d). Now we know from statement 1 that 2x + y is the number 73, so if 2x+y is divisible by d, then 73 must be divisible by d. But 73 is prime, so d could only be 1 or 73. Clearly d can't be 73, since then 2x +y would not equal 73, so the only possible value of d is 1, and thus 1 is the only common divisor of x and y.

You can use the same logic for statement 2: If x and y are both multiples of d, then 5x - 3y would need to be a multiple of d. But 5x-3y = 1, so 1 is a multiple of d, and d must be 1.

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Re: If x and y are positive integers, what is the greatest [#permalink]
23 Aug 2010, 12:00

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zest4mba wrote:

If x and y are positive integers, what is the greatest common divisor of x and y?

1. 2x + y = 73 2. 5x – 3y = 1

This is a classic "C trap" question: "C trap" is a problem which is VERY OBVIOUSLY sufficient if both statements are taken together. When you see such question you should be extremely cautious when choosing C for an answer.

(1) \(2x+y=73\). Suppose GCD(x, y) is some integer \(d\), then \(x=md\) and \(y=nd\), for some positive integers \(m\) and \(n\). So, we'll have \(2(md)+(nd)=d(2m+n)=73\). Now, since 73 is a prime number (73=1*73) then \(d=1\) and \(2m+n=73\) (vice versa is not possible since \(m\) and \(n\) are positve integers and therefore \(2m+n\) can not equal to 1). Hence we have that GCD(x, y)=d=1. Sufficient.

(2) \(5x-3y=1\) --> \(5x=3y+1\). So \(5x\) and \(3y\) are consecutive integers. Two consecutive integers are co-prime, which means that they don't share ANY common factor but 1. For example 20 and 21 are consecutive integers, thus only common factor they share is 1. So \(5x\) and \(3y\) don't share any common factor but 1, thus \(x\) and \(y\) also don't share any common factor but 1. Hence, GCD(x, y) is 1. Sufficient.

Re: If x and y are positive integers, what is the greatest [#permalink]
23 Aug 2010, 15:01

Bunuel, Is there a complete discussion on GCDs and LCMs on the forum? Can you please point me to the same? I am trying to recollect why is x y = GCD(x,y) x LCM(x,y)? Thanks _________________

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