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# If the LCM of A and B is 72 and their HCF is 6, what is the

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If the LCM of A and B is 72 and their HCF is 6, what is the product of A & B?

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OA: 432

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If the LCM of A and B is 72 and their HCF is 6, what is the product of A & B?

Thanks guys!

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OA: 432

The most important property of LCM (the least common multiple) and GCD (the greatest common divisors) is: for any positive integers $$x$$ and $$y$$, $$x*y=GCD(x,y)*LCM(x,y)$$, so AB=72*6=432.

Questions to practice:
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if-the-least-common-multiple-of-integers-x-and-y-is-105745.html#p827452 (Karishma's post explaining this property)

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Re: If the LCM of A and B is 72 and their HCF is 6, what is the [#permalink]

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Try to understand why is so.

take two numbers a and b

The prime factorization of those numbers is

a= d,d,e,r
b=d,e,g,h,i

HCF of a and b = d,e
LCM of a and b = d,e,d,r,g,h,i
Product of HCF and LCM = d.e.d.e.d.r.g.h.i ---------> d^3.e^2.r.g.h.i
Product of Numbers = d.d.e.r.d.e.g.h.i --------------> d^3.e^2.r.g.h.i

in my opinion it is better to understand any theorem/rule than to remember it.

Hope it clears!

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Abhijit.
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Re: If the LCM of A and B is 72 and their HCF is 6, what is the [#permalink]

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01 Oct 2012, 04:09
LCM of two numbers x GDF of the two numbers = Product of the two numbers ...

Therefore Product of A and B = 432 ...
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15 Feb 2013, 08:21
Example:
You have two numbers x=8 and y=12.
LCM of x,y = 24
GCF of x,y = 4

(LCM of x and y) X (GCF of x and y) = XY
24 X 4 = 8 X 12
96 = 96
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15 Feb 2013, 09:14
Product A*B= lcm*hcf(gcd)= 72*6= 423

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