2013 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 10
Problem
What is the ratio of the least common multiple of 180 and 594 to the greatest common factor of 180 and 594?
Solution 1
To find either the LCM or the GCF of two numbers, always prime factorize first.
The prime factorization of .
The prime factorization of .
Then, to find the LCM, we have to find the greatest power of all the numbers there are; if one number is one but not the other, use it (this is ). Multiply all of these to get 5940.
For the GCF of 180 and 594, use the least power of all of the numbers that are in both factorizations and multiply. = 18.
Thus the answer = = .
Solution 2
We start off with a similar approach as the original solution. From the prime factorizations, the GCF is .
It is a well known fact that . So we have, .
Dividing by yields .
Therefore, .
Solution 3
From Solution 1, the prime factorization of . The prime factorization of . Hence, , and . Therefore,
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