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Extra for Experts – Smart Shopping - Reason Proportionally Using Least Common Multiples

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1. \quad \text{Least common multiple of} \ 4 \ \text{and} \ 5 \ \text{is} \ 20.\!\\{\;} \quad \ \text{Noble's Books has the better buy.}\!\\\\{\;} \quad \ \text{Brown:} \ 4 \ \text{for} \ \$19 \ \text{is}\!\\{\;} \quad \quad \ 20 \ \text{for} \ 5 \times \$19, \ \text{or} \ \$95\!\\{\;} \quad \ \text{Noble:} \ 5 \ \text{for} \ \$23 \ \text{is}\!\\ {\;} \quad \quad \ 20 \ \text{for} \ 4 \times \$23, \ \text{or} \ \$92\!\\{\;} \quad \quad \ \$95 > \$92

2. \quad \text{Least common multiple of} \ 2 \ \text{and} \ 4 \ \text{is} \ 4.\!\\{\;} \quad \ \text{Brown's Books has the better buy.}\!\\\\{\;} \quad \ \text{Brown:} \ 2 \ \text{for} \ \$25 \ \text{is}\!\\ {\;} \quad \quad \ 4 \ \text{for} \ 2 \times \$25, \ \text{or} \ \$50\!\\{\;} \quad \ \text{Noble:} \ 4 \ \text{for} \ \$51\!\\{\;} \quad \quad \ \$50 < \$51

3. \quad \text{Least common multiple of} \ 4 \ \text{and} \ 6 \ \text{is} \ 12.\!\\{\;} \quad \ \text{Noble's Books has the better buy.}\!\\\\{\;} \quad \ \text{Brown:} \ 4 \ \text{for} \ \$37 \ \text{is}\!\\ {\;} \quad \quad \ 12 \ \text{for} \ 3 \times 37, \ \text{or} \ \$111\!\\{\;} \quad \ \text{Noble:} \ 6 \ \text{for} \ \$49 \ \text{is}\!\\ {\;} \quad \quad \ 12 \ \text{for} \ 2 \times \$49, \ \text{or} \ \$98\!\\{\;} \quad \quad \ \$111 > \$98

What is the least common multiple of 4 and 5? Which store has the better buy? How did you figure it out?

What is the least common multiple of 2 and 4? Which store has the better buy? How did you figure it out?

What is the least common multiple of 4 and 6? Which store has the better buy? How did you figure it out?

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