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What is the least number of soldiers that can be drawn up in troops of 12, 15, 18 and 20 soldiers and also in form of a solid square?

A. 900

B. 400

C. 1600

D. 2500

Answer: Option A

Solution(By Examveda Team)

In this type of question, We need to find out the LCM of the given numbers.
LCM of 12, 15, 18 and 20;
$$\eqalign{ & 12 = 2 \times 2 \times 3; \cr & 15 = 3 \times 5; \cr & 18 = 2 \times 3 \times 3; \cr & 20 = 2 \times 2 \times 5; \cr} $$
Hence, LCM = $$2 \times 2 \times 3 \times 5 \times 3$$
Since, the soldiers are in the form of a solid square.
Hence, LCM must be a perfect square. To make the LCM a perfect square, We have to multiply it by 5,
hence,
The required number of soldiers
= $$2 \times 2 \times 3 \times 3 \times 5 \times 5$$
= 900

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Comments ( 1 )

  1. Mohd Amjad
    Mohd Amjad :
    10 months ago

    why lcm multiply by 5 ?

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