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A wire is cut into three equal parts. The resulting segments

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A wire is cut into three equal parts. The resulting segments are then cut into 4,6, and 8 equal parts respectively. If each of the resulting segments has an integer length, what is the minimum length of the wire.


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Re: A wire is cut into three equal parts. The resulting segments [#permalink] New post 11 May 2018, 04:34
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LCM of 4, 6 and 8 multiplied with 3.

Least common multiple as this would give the value in whole number.
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Re: A wire is cut into three equal parts. The resulting segments [#permalink] New post 17 May 2018, 21:52
Someone explain? And the question too please. What is an 'integer' length?
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Integer is a fundamental concept in GRE. Refer to https://greprepclub.com/forum/math-lesson-integer-2620.html

The question tells us that a given wire is equally cut into three parts and each of those three parts are further cut into 4,6 and 8 parts. We are required to find the original length of the wire if each of those parts is a +ve integer.
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Re: A wire is cut into three equal parts. The resulting segments [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2018, 20:33
amorphous wrote:
A wire is cut into three equal parts. The resulting segments are then cut into 4,6, and 8 equal parts respectively. If each of the resulting segments has an integer length, what is the minimum length of the wire.


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72


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Answer is 72
3 equal parts must be =24,24,24
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Re: A wire is cut into three equal parts. The resulting segments [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2018, 19:22
mohan514 wrote:
LCM of 4, 6 and 8 multiplied with 3.

Least common multiple as this would give the value in whole number.


Why are we using the least common multiple? Can someone explain in more depth?
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Re: A wire is cut into three equal parts. The resulting segments [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2018, 12:45
adeel wrote:
amorphous wrote:
A wire is cut into three equal parts. The resulting segments are then cut into 4,6, and 8 equal parts respectively. If each of the resulting segments has an integer length, what is the minimum length of the wire.


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72


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Answer is 72
3 equal parts must be =24,24,24


Why 24?
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Re: A wire is cut into three equal parts. The resulting segments [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2019, 08:05
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Let N be the length of the wire
Since the wire is cut into 3 equal parts
So N/3, N/3, N/3 are the 1st partitions
Again, The resulting segments are divided into 4,6,8 parts respectively
Let x, y, z be the length of the each 4,6,8 segment partition respectively
From the given data, 4x+6y+8z=N
Also, 4x = 6y = 8z = N/3
Then 3*4x=N implies x= N/12, y = N/18, z= N/24, Also x,y,z must be integers
We have to take LCM of (12,18,24) = 72 which is the possible value of N
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