Thinking Mathematically (6th Edition)

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Chapter 5 - Number Theory and the Real Number System - 5.1 Number Theory: Prime and Composite Numbers - Exercise Set 5.1: 51

Answer

The greatest common divisor of the two numbers is $24$.

Work Step by Step

Factor each number completely to have: $72=6(12)=2(3)(2)(2)(3) \\120=12(10)=2(2)(3)(2)(5)$ Thus, the greatest common divisor of the two numbers is $2(2)(2)(3)=24$.
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