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If the sum of two distinct positive integers is 50, then what is the maximum possible value of the greatest common factor of these 2 integers ?

(A) 2
(B) 5
(C) 10
(D) 25
(E) 50
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If the sum of two distinct positive integers is 50, then what is the maximum possible value of the greatest common factor of these 2 integers ?

(A) 2
(B) 5
(C) 10
(D) 25
(E) 50


hi...

here the choices will help us..
we are looking for the largest so lets start from highest
1) \(50\)
a+b=50
GCF cannot be GREATER than the number...NO
2) \(25\)..
Only possibility is when both numbers are 25 ......25+25=50
numbers have to be DISTINCT...NO
3) \(10\)
10(a+b)=50
so a+b= 5..
various possibility a=1,b=4 that is 10 and 40
then 2, and 3 will give 20 and 30...YES

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