Who is asking: Parent
Question: Hi, Assume this year to be year 0 and that this year both the 13yr and 17yr locusts came out. You can make a table of values to keep track of how long it will take before they both come out together again, or you can reason it out as follows: the 13yr locusts will come out again in 13 years, 26 years, 39 years, 52 years, etc. (all multiples of 13) the 17yr locusts will come out again in 17 years, 34 years, 51 years, 68 years, etc. (all multiples of 17) In order for them to come out together, the number of years must be a multiple of BOTH 13 AND 17. In other words, the first time they again appear together will coincide with the lowest (or least) common multiple of 13 and 17. This is the product of the two numbers, or 221 years from now. This is the earliest time when the number of years is divisible by both 13 and 17. It would then take another 221 years for this to happen again. Can you see now how to do the second part of the problem? Leeanne
