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102. The statements of Art. 97 may be proved as follows.
I. If F divides A it will also divide mA.
For suppose A=aF, then mA=maF.
Thus F is a factor of mA.
II. If F divides A and B, then it will divide mA EnB.

For suppose A=aF, B=BF, then

mA +nB=maF + nbF

=F (ma + nb). Thus F divides mA EnB.

103. We may now enunciate and prove the rule for finding the highest common factor of any two compound algebraical expressions.

We suppose that any simple factors are first removed. [See Example, Art. 98.)

Let A and B be the two expressions after the simple factors have been removed. Let them be arranged in descending or ascending powers of some common letter; also let the highest power of that letter in B be not less than the highest power in A.

Divide B by A; let p be the quotient, and C the remainder, Suppose C to have a simple factor m. Remove this factor, and so obtain a new divisor D. Further, suppose that in order to make A divisible by D it is necessary to multiply A by a simple factor no Let be the next quotient and E the remainder. Finally, divide D by E; let r be the quotient, and suppose that there is no remainder. Then E will be the K.C.F. required.

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First, to show that E is a common factor of A and B.

By examining the steps of the work, it is clear that E divides D, therefore also qD; therefore qD+E, therefore nA; therefore 4, since n is a simple factor.

Again, E divides D, therefore mD, that is, C. And since E divides A and C, it also divides pA+C, that is, B. Hence E divides both A and B.

Secondly, to show that E is the highest common factor.
If not, let there be a factor X of higher dirnensions than E.

Then X divides A and B, therefore B - PA, that_is, C'; therefore D (since m is a simple factor); therefore n A -qD, that is, E.

Thus X divides E; which is impossible since, by hypothesis, Y is of higher dimensions than E.

Therefore E is the highest common factor.

104. The highest common factor of three expressions A,B,C may be obtained as follows.

First determine F the highest common factor of A and B; next find G the highest common factor of F and C; then G will be the required highest common factor of A, B, C.

For F contains every factor which is common to A and B, and G is the highest common factor of F and C. Therefore Ġ is the highest common factor of A, B, C.

CHAPTER XIII.

LOWEST COMMON MULTIPLE.

SIMPLE EXPRESSIONS. 105. DEFINITION. The lowest common multiple of two or more algebraical expressions is the expression of lowest dimensions which is divisible by each of them without remainder.

The abbreviation L. C.M. is sometimes used instead of the words lowest common multiple.

106. In the case of simple expressions the lowest common multiple can be written down by inspection.

Example 1. The lowest common multiple of at, a3, a?, a6 is a6.

Example 2. The lowest common multiple of a384, abs, a267 is a3b7; for a3 is the lowest power of a that is divisible by each of the quantities a, a, az; and 67 is the lowest power of b that is divisible by each of the quantities b4, 65, 67.

107. If the expressions have numerical coefficients, find by Arithmetic their least common multiple, and prefix it as a coefficient to the algebraical lowest common multiple.

Example. The lowest common multiple of 21a4x®y, 35a2x+y, 28a’xyt is 420a+w4y4 ; for it consists of the product of

(1) the numerical least common multiple of the coefficients;

(2) the lowest power of each letter which is divisible by every power of that letter occurring in the given expressions.

EXAMPLES XIII. a. Find the lowest common multiple of 1. abc, 2a.

2. XPy?, xyz. 4. 5a2bc3, 4ab2c. 5. 3a1b2c3, 5a288c5.

3. 3.c yz, 4.c8y. 6. 12ab, 8xy.

7. ac, bc, ab. 8. aệc, bc, ch?. 9. 2ab, 3bc, 4ca. 10. 22, 3Y, 4z. 11. 3x2, 4y2, 3z2. 12. 7a“, 2ab, 368. 13. a-bc, baca, c?ab.

14. 5a2c, 6cb2, 3bc2. 15. 2x02y3, 3xy, 4x3y4.

16. 74y, 8xy, 2.c%y%. 17. 35a2c3b, 42aocb2, 30ac283. 18. 66a+b2c3, 44a3b4c2, 24a2b3c4. 19. 7a2b, 4aca, 6ac3, 21bc. 20. 8a2b2, 24a4b2c2, 18abc8. 21. 3a264, 7abc, 12a3b2c. 22. 16ax, 24a-xy, 30abc. 23. 5.c®y, 7a$ys, 6y8.cb. 24. 15acd, 18cdx, 21a2b2c. 25. 19xoy, 57a2b2c3, 171ax. 26. 764c4, 15a2z2, 35a2b2.

COMPOUND EXPRESSIONS. 108. We have shown how in the case of simple expressions the lowest common multiple can be written by inspection.

The lowest common multiple of compound expressions which are given as the product of factors, or which can be easily resolved into factors, can be readily found by a similar method.

Example 1. The lowest common multiple of 6.c? (a – x)?, 843 (a – x) and 12ax (a – x)" is 24a3x2 (a – x). For it consists of the product of

(1) the numerical L. C. M. of the coefficients;

(2) the lowest power of each factor which is divisible by every power of that factor occurring in the given expressions. Example 2. Find the lowest common multiple of

3a2 +9ab, 2a’ – 18ab“, a3 + 6a+b+9ab2.

3a + Sab= 3a (a +30),

2a3 – 18ab2 = 2a (a +30) (a 36), a3 + 6a+b+Tabara (a +36) (a +36)

=a (a +36) Therefore the L. C. M. is 6a (a +36)2 (a – 3b).

EXAMPLES XIII. b.

Find the lowest common multiple of 1. x, x2+x. 2. xa, x2 – 3x. 3. 3x”, 4.x2 +8x. 4. 21x3, 7.x2 (0+1). 5. 22-1, x2+x. 6. ao+ab, ab +62. 7. 4x2y - y, 2x2 + x.

8. 6.x2 – 2x, 9.x2 – 3x.

9. x2 + 2x, x2 +3.x +2.

10. 22 – 3x+2, 22 – 1. 11. x2 + 4x +4, 22 + 5x +6. 12. 22 – 5x+4, 22 - 6x+8. 13. 22 - x - 6, x2 + x - 2, 22 - 4x +3. 14. x2 + x — 20, 22 – 10x + 24, x2 -- x -- 30. 15. 22 + x – 42, 22 – 11x +30, 22+2x – 35. 16. 2x2 + 3x+1, 2x2 + 5x+2, 22 + 3x +2. 17. 3x2 +11x +6, 3x2 +8x+4, x2 + 5x +6. 18. 5x2 +11x+2, 5x2 + 16x+3, 22+5x + 6. 19. 2x2 + 3x – 2, 2x2 + 15x – 8, 2? + 10x + 16. 20. 3.x2 – X – 14, 3.x2 – 13x +14, x2 - 4. 21. 1222 + 3x – 42, 12.x3 +30.22 + 12x, 32x2 – 40% – 28. 22. 3x04 + 26.23 +35x2, 6x2 +38x – 28, 2723+27x2 – 30.x. 23. 60.x4 +5.x3 – 5x”, 602+y +32xy +4y, 40.x-*y - 2.24y - 2xy. 24. 8.02 - 382y +35y", 4.22 - xy-5y", 2x2 - 5.cy - 77 25. 12.x2 – 23xy +10y", 4.22 - 9xy +5y4, 3.29-5.xy+2y. 26. 6ax+7a x2 – 3a’x, 3a%22+14a’x – 5a4, 6x2 +39ax +45a”. 27. 4ax_y2 +1laxy2 3ay?, 3.x=”y3 + 7.xoy3 6xy3, 24ax2 – 22ax +4a.

109. When the given expressions are such that their factors cannot be determined by inspection, they must be resolved by finding the highest common factor. Example. Find the lowest common multiple of

2x4 + x3 – 20x2 – 7x + 24 and 2.04 + 3x3 - 13.62 – 7x +15. The highest common factor is x2 + 2x – 3. By division, we obtain

2.x4 + x3 – 20.x2 – 7x + 24=(x2 + 2x – 3) (2x2 – 3x – 8).

2x4 + 3x3 – 13x2 – 7x+15=(x2 + 2x – 3) (2x2 – 2 – 5). Therefore the L. C. M. is (x2 + 2.0 – 3) (2x2 – 3x – 8) (2x2 – X – 5).

110. We may now give the proof of the rule for finding the lowest common multiple of two compound algebraical expressions.

Let A and B be the two expressions, and F their highest common factor. Also suppose that a and b are the respective quotients when A and B are divided by F; then A=aF, B=BF. Therefore, since a and b have no common factor, the lowest common multiple of A and B is abF, by inspection.

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