It is just: .If m= p1^a1...pk^ak and n=p1^b1...pk^bk where p1,...,pk are distinct primes and a1,...,ak are nonnegative and b1,...,bk are nonnegative, express gcd(m,n) as p1^c1...pk^ck by describing the c's in terms of the a's and b's.
I can see that m and n would have the p1^c1...pk^ck as the gcd but I am having trouble coming up with steps to show how the a1,...,ak and b1,...,bk become the c1,...,ck. I'm not sure of how to write this proof. Help? Thanks!