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1 6.1 Number Theory Number Theory The numbers 1, 2, 3, are called the counting numbers or natural numbers. The study of the properties of counting numbers is called number theory Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Section 6.1, Slide 2 1 Number Theory The numbers 1, 2, 3, are called the counting numbers or natural numbers. The study of the properties of counting numbers is called number theory. One interesting question is What counting numbers can be written as a product of other numbers, and which cannot? If a and b are natural numbers, we say a b to mean a divides b and it means that there is a number q with b = a q We say that 5 divides 30 because there is a natural number 6 such that 5 6 = means 5 divides Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Section 6.1, Slide 3 4 Related statements: If a b - a divides b - a is a divisor of b - a is a factor of b - b is a multiple of a a) Does 7 21? b) Does 2 3? c) Does 5 15? 5 d) What numbers divide 6? 6

2 You can use a calculator to test divisibility. A number is factored if it is written as a product of natural numbers. 22 = 2 x = 7 x = 4 x 25 or 10 x 10 or A number bigger than 1 that only has 1 and itself as factors is called a prime number. Smallest examples: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37 There are an infinite number of primes. 9 A number which is not prime is called composite. Composite numbers have factors other than 1 and themself. 11 The Sieve of Eratosthenes is a method for generating a list of prime numbers. Skip 1. Circle 2, cross out multiples of 2. Go to the next number, it is prime, cross out its muliples. Repeat

4 Divisibility Tests and Factoring Example: Factor 4,620. Example: Factor ,620 = = Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Section 6.1, Slide Great Dilemma of our Times: Hot Dog Buns are sold in packs of 8 Hot Dogs are sold in packs of is the GCD of 30 and 70 9 is the GCD of 27 and 900 What is the smallest number of hot dogs in buns that 1 is the GCD of 5 and can be made with no leftovers? To find the GCD of two numbers: - find the prime factorization of both numbers (with factor trees). - the primes (and their multiples) that they have in common is the GCD. - if they have nothing in common then the GCD is just 1. Example: The GCD of 1050 and = 2 x 3 x 5 x 5 x = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x

5 Example: The GCD of 220 and = 2 x 2 x 5 x = 3 x 7 x 13 Example: The GCD of 1944 and = 2 3 x = 2 2 x Example with 28 and is the LCM of 30 and is the LCM of 27 and 900 Multiples of 28: 28, 56, 84, 112, 140, 168, 196, 224, 252,... Multiples of 42: 42, 84, 126, 168, 210, 252, 294, Common Multiples: 55 is the LCM of 5 and Least Common Multiple: 28 To find the LCM of two numbers: - find the prime factorization of both numbers (with factor trees). - the product of the bigger multiple of each prime is the LCM. Example: The LCM of 220 and = 2 x 2 x 5 x = 2 x 2 x 2 x 11 x

6 Example: The LCM of 220 and = 2 x 2 x 5 x = 3 x 7 x 13 Great Dilemma of our Times: Hot Dog Buns are sold in packs of 8 Hot Dogs are sold in packs of What is the smallest number of hot dogs in buns that 32 can be made with no leftovers? Greatest Common Divisors and Least Common Multiples Alternative method using powers Example: The GCD of 600 and 540 Write 600 = and 540 = In forming the GCD, we multiply the 2 2, the 3 1, and 5 1, which were the smallest powers of the primes that divide both numbers Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Section 6.1, Slide 33 So the GCD is Alternative method using powers Example: The LCM of 600 and 540 Greatest Common Divisors and Least Common Multiples If we look at what happened in the last two examples carefully, we see the following pattern: Write 600 = and 540 = Then in forming the LCM, we multiply the 2 3, the 3 3, and 5 2, which were the highest powers of the primes that divide either number. So, the LCM is Multiplying the Multiplying the s gives the LCM. s gives the GCD Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Section 6.1, Slide 36

7 Applying the GCD and LCM Example: Assume that bullet trains have just departed from Tokyo to Osaka, Niigata, and Akita. If a train to Osaka departs every 90 minutes, a train to Niigata departs every 120 minutes, and a train to Akita departs every 80 minutes, when will all three trains again depart at the same time? Applying the GCD and LCM (solution on next slide) = 720 minutes = 12 hours Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Section 6.1, Slide Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Section 6.1, Slide 38

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