What is "Relatively Prime"?
Date: 8/3/96 at 13:25:42 From: Vinod Muthusamy Subject: Relatively Prime What does it mean when something is relatively prime?
Date: 8/3/96 at 14:13:2 From: Doctor Robert Subject: Re: Relatively Prime Relatively prime cannot apply to one thing, but it can apply to two or more numbers. In that situation, all it means is that the two numbers have no common factors. The numbers themselves may not be prime (they have factors other than 1 and themselves), but they have no factors in common. An example of two numbers that are relatively prime is 23 and 35. The non-trivial factors of 24 are 2, 3, and 4. The non-trivial factors of 35 are 5 and 7. They have no factors in common (other than the trivial "1"). I hope that this helps. -Doctor Robert, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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