Prove that if (a,b)=[a,b] then a=b.
I'm not sure how to start this one. I thought maybe using the fact that
(a,b)[a,b]=ab would get me somewhere, but so far it hasn't worked out to anything useful...
Any hints?
Aha - that makes more sense!
I can think of one way to do it using the fundamental theorem of arithmetic. I'll give you the main idea, and see if you can write it up rigorously:
a and b can each be factored uniquely as a product of primes. You get the gcd by taking the lowest power of each prime that appears. You get the lcm by taking the highest power of each prime that appears. If the gcd and lcm are equal, then the lowest power of each prime equals the highest power of each prime. So a and b have the same prime factorizations, and thus they are the same.