Stiv wrote:
If k, m, and t are positive integers and \(\frac {k}{6} + \frac {m}{4} = \frac {t}{12}\) , do t and 12 have a common factor greater than 1?
(1) k is a multiple of 3.
(2) m is a multiple of 3.
In the explanation of this question they say that the sum of two multiples of 3 give the number that is also a multiple of 3.
Is that a general rule for any number? If someone can elaborate I would be grateful!
If k, m, and t are positive integers and \(\frac{k}{6} + \frac{m}{4} = \frac{t}{12}\), do t and 12 have a common factor greater than 1 ?\(\frac{k}{6} + \frac{m}{4} = \frac{t}{12}\) --> \(2k+3m=t\).
(1) k is a multiple of 3 --> \(k=3x\), where \(x\) is a positive integer --> \(2k+3m=6x+3m=3(2x+m)=t\) --> \(t\) is multiple of 3, hence \(t\) and 12 have a common factor of 3>1. Sufficient.
(2) m is a multiple of 3 --> \(m=3y\), where \(y\) is a positive integer --> \(2k+3m=2k+9y=t\) --> \(t\) and 12 may or may not have a common factor greater than 1. Not sufficient.
Answer: A.
As for your question:
If integers \(a\) and \(b\) are both multiples of some integer \(k>1\) (divisible by \(k\)), then their sum and difference will also be a multiple of \(k\) (divisible by \(k\)):Example: \(a=6\) and \(b=9\), both divisible by 3 ---> \(a+b=15\) and \(a-b=-3\), again both divisible by 3.
If out of integers \(a\) and \(b\) one is a multiple of some integer \(k>1\) and another is not, then their sum and difference will NOT be a multiple of \(k\) (divisible by \(k\)):Example: \(a=6\), divisible by 3 and \(b=5\), not divisible by 3 ---> \(a+b=11\) and \(a-b=1\), neither is divisible by 3.
If integers \(a\) and \(b\) both are NOT multiples of some integer \(k>1\) (divisible by \(k\)), then their sum and difference may or may not be a multiple of \(k\) (divisible by \(k\)):Example: \(a=5\) and \(b=4\), neither is divisible by 3 ---> \(a+b=9\), is divisible by 3 and \(a-b=1\), is not divisible by 3;
OR: \(a=6\) and \(b=3\), neither is divisible by 5 ---> \(a+b=9\) and \(a-b=3\), neither is divisible by 5;
OR: \(a=2\) and \(b=2\), neither is divisible by 4 ---> \(a+b=4\) and \(a-b=0\), both are divisible by 4.
Hope it's clear.
Totally missed this here. How do we get for statement 1:
e.g. Where did the x variable come from?
How come it's not 3k + 2m = t? (If we were to multiply each term by 12)
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