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An exam question

  1. May 10, 2005 #1
    I just wrote my senior school certificate exam ,but could not solve one of the maths questions .the question is as follows
    3 night quard a,b,c blow their their whistle at intervals 8,15,and 18 minutes respectively.if they blow together at 11.00 p.m,when next are they expected to blow together
     
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  3. May 10, 2005 #2

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    8= 2*2*2, 15= 3*5, and 18= 2*3*3. The least common multiple of those is
    2*2*2*3*3*5= 360 which is 6*60 or 6 hours. They will all blow their whistles together again at 11+ 6 hours or 5:00 a.m.
     
  4. May 10, 2005 #3
    I dont not get it ,on wat principle of maths or wat branch is this on
     
  5. May 10, 2005 #4
    Lowest common multiples and greatest common factors.
     
  6. May 11, 2005 #5

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    The "branch of mathematics" is arithmetic!
     
  7. May 11, 2005 #6

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    Yes it's just a lowest common multiple question. Basically you need to have every prime factor from each number repeated to the maximum power that it appears in any of the individual numbers.
     
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