The natural numbers a,b,c,d are such that their least common multiple equals a+b+c+d. Prove that abcd is divisible by 3 or by 5.
(In reply to
another by Ady TZIDON)
Ady,
The possible difficulty I see here is as follows:
Start with abcd=a+b+c+d
1=(a+b+c+d)/abcd
1 = 1/(abc)+1/(abd)+1/(acd)+1/(bcd)
(this was my first, incomplete, assessment of the problem)
But also abcd=n(a+b+c+d)
Now we have:
1/2=1/(abc)+1/(abd)+1/(acd)+1/(bcd)
1/3=1/(abc)+1/(abd)+1/(acd)+1/(bcd)
1/4=1/(abc)+1/(abd)+1/(acd)+1/(bcd)
1/5=1/(abc)+1/(abd)+1/(acd)+1/(bcd) etc.
There are literally thousands of potential solutions to these equations as the sum of 4 fractions with numerator 1 (not to mention the infinite number of potential candidates on LHS) though I accept the mere existence of a solution doesn't guarantee that each of a,b,c,d will always be integral. But I'd be surprised if the answer was as simple as 'make an exhaustive list'.
Edited on April 28, 2013, 10:38 am

Posted by broll
on 20130428 10:37:21 