factors math
posted by kendra on .
The gcf(a,b) = 495 and lcm( a,b) =31,185 Find possible values of a and b if a is divisible by 35 and b is divisible by 81.

This is a problem that requires the understanding of the relationship between LCM and GCF.
Take the example of 45 and 63:
45=9*5
63=9*7
GCF=9
LCM=9*5*7
So you see that GCF*LCM equals the products of the two numbers.
Conversely, LCM/GCF is the product of factors NOT common to both (shown in bold in the above example).
To find numbers a,b which have given LCM and GCF, divide M=LCM/GCF and distribute factors of M to the GCF, for example,
LCM/GCF=9*7*5/9=7*5
Multiplying the GCF by each of the factors gives the original numbers:
9*7=63
9*5=45.
For the given case,
LCM=31185
GCF=495
LCM/GCF=63=7*9
So multiplying the GCF each by 7 and 9 will give the numbers a and b.
GCF=9* 
find a pair of numbers for each set of conditions.the LCM is 35.the GCF is 7.

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