# Thread: Euclidean algorithm gcd lcm help..

1. ## Euclidean algorithm gcd lcm help..

Use the euclidean algorithm to find the gcd of 2232 and 3828 and find the lcm of 2232 and 3828.

I'm not expecting an answer maybe just a quick and easy example of how to solve the sum quickly..thanks

2. Originally Posted by kodirl
Use the euclidean algorithm to find the gcd of 2232 and 3828 and find the lcm of 2232 and 3828.

I'm not expecting an answer maybe just a quick and easy example of how to solve the sum quickly..thanks
Use the following theorem,
$\gcd(a,b)\mbox{lcm} (a,b)=ab$
Procede with Euclidean Algorithm,
$3828=(1)2232+1596$
$2232=(1)1596+636$
$1596=(2)636+324$
$636=(1)324+312$
$324=(1)312+12$
$312=(26)12+0$
Therefore,
$\gcd(3828,2232)=12$
Therefore,
$\mbox{lcm}(3828,2232)=\frac{3828\cdot 2232}{12}=712008$

3. Hello, Kerry!

Do you know the Euclidean Algorithm?
If you do, exactly where is your difficulty?

Use the Euclidean Algorithm to find the GCD and LCM of 2232 and 3828.

Example: Find the GCD of 72 and 120.

Step 1: Divide the larger by the smaller.
. . . . . . $120 \div 72 \:=\:1,\;rem.\,48$

Step 2: Divide the divisor by the remainder.
. . . . . . $72 \div 48\:=\:1,\;rem.\,24$

Repeat Step 2 until a zero remainder is achieved.
. . . . . . $48 \div 24\:=\:2,\;rem.\, 0$
. . . . . . . . . . $\uparrow$
. . The last divisor is the GCD.

Therefore: . $GCD(72,\,120)\:=$ 24

There is a formula for the LCM: . $\boxed{\boxed{LCM(a,b)\;=\;\frac{a\cdot b}{GCD(a,b)}}}$

Hence: . $LCM(72,120)\;=\;\frac{72\cdot120}{24}\;=$ 360