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June 5, 2020

How to Pursue Mathematics after High School?

For Students who are passionate for Mathematics and want to pursue it for higher studies in India and abroad.

Try this beautiful problem from Algebra based on Largest Common Divisor .

Largest Common Divisor | PRMO | Problem 11


For natural numbers x and y,let (x,y) denote the largest common divisor of x and y. How many pairs of natural numbers x and y with xy satisfy the equation xy=x+y+(x,y)?

  • $1$
  • $3$
  • $4$

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Answer:$3$

PRMO-2018, Problem 21

Pre College Mathematics

Try with Hints


At first we have to find out the divisors that satisfy the equation \( xy=x+y+(x,y)\) .so we assume that \(x\)=ak and \(y\)=bk and try to find out the divisors

Can you now finish the problem ....

Let \(x\) =ak and \(y\)=bk, then (x,y)=k and (a,b)=1

Therefore \(xy=x+y+(x,y)\)

\(\Rightarrow abk^2=ka+kb+k\)

\(\Rightarrow kab=a+b+1\)

Can you finish the problem...

\(k=1\Rightarrow ab=a+b+1\Rightarrow a=1=\frac{2}{b-1}\)

For \(a\in \mathbb N\), then (b-1) divides 2

\(\Rightarrow b-1=1,2\)

\(\Rightarrow b=2,3\)

Therefore a=1+2=3 and a=1+1=2

\(\Rightarrow (x,y)=(3,2) or (2,3)\)

Now for \(x=y\Rightarrow(x,y)=x\)

so \(xy=x+y(x<y)\)

\(\Rightarrow x^2=3x\)

\(\Rightarrow x^2 -3x=0\)

\(\Rightarrow x(x-3)=0\)

\(\Rightarrow x=3 or 0\)

Therefore \(x\in \mathbb N\Rightarrow x=3,y=3\)

Therefore \((x,y)=(3,3)\)

Hence total number of pairs =3


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