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# Discrete Mathematics : Integer Algorithms, GCD, Solving Congruences and Diagonal Matrices

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4. Describe an algorithm that takes as input a list of n integers and produces as output the largest difference between consecutive integers in the list.

Integers
28. What is the greatest common divisors of these pairs of integers?
a) 22 * 33 * 55, 25 * 33 * 52
b) 2 * 3 * 5 * 7 * 11 * 13, 211 * 39 * 11 * 1714
c) 17, 1717
d) 22 * 7, 53 * 13
e) 0, 5
f) 2 * 3 * 5 * 7, 2 * 3 * 5 * 7

Number Theory
18. Find all solutions to the system of congruences.
x = 2(mod 3)
x = 1(mod 4)
x = 3(mod 5)

Matrices
14. The n x n matrix A = [aij] is called a diagonal matrix if aij = 0 when i &#8800; j. Show that the product of two n x n diagonal matrices is again a diagonal matrix. Give a simple rule for determining this product.

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4.)
do (i=1 to n) { read a[i]}
max_diff = 0.0
do (i=2 to n)
{ diff = |a[i] - a[i-1] |
if diff > max_diff then max_diff = diff }
Print max_diff

28.)
Take corresponding to each prime factor, highest common index (e.g., 2^3 and 2^5: GCD = 2^3)
a.)
2^2 * 3^3 * 5^5, 2^5 * 3^3 * 5^2
greatest common factors: 2^2 * 3^3 * 5^2 = 2700 --Answer (common indices of 2: 2, of 3: 3, of 5: 2)

b)2 * 3 * 5 * 7 * 11 * 13, 2^11 * 3^9 * 11 * ...

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