Le Monde puzzle [#1134]

A Monde mathematical puzzle on gcd’s and scm’s:

If one replaces a pair (a,b) of integers with the pair (g,s) of their greatest common denominator and smallest common multiple, how long at most before the sequence ends. Same question when considering a collection of five integers where two are selected by the pair (g,s) of their greatest common denominator and smallest common multiple.

The first question is straightforward as s is a multiple of s. So the sequence ends at most after one run. For five, run of a brute force R search return 9 as “the” solution (even though the true maximum is 10, as illustrated by the quintuplet (16,24,36,54,81):

ogcd <- function(x,y){r<-x%%y

oscm<-function(x,y) x*y/ogcd(x,y)

divemul<-function(a,b) return(c(oscm(a,b),ogcd(a,b)))

for (t in 1:1e5){

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