# If some strips of sticks of lengths 7cm…

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• A. 197cm
• B. 54cm
• C. 81cm
• D. 189cm

D

## SOLUTION…

To understand this question properly, we would state it clearly that the stem has a constant length of which:

• 7cm sticks could be cut out of it perfectly without a remainder,
• 9cm sticks could also be cut out of same stem perfectly without a remainder, and
• 27cm sticks could also be cut out of same stem without a remainder

Hence, we are asked to find the least possible length of the stem that will allow any of the length of sticks to be cut out without a remainder.

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Let the length of the stem = L

This means the least possible length of the stem is the LCM which is 189cm.

### Now for the right answer to the above question:

1. Option A is incorrect. 197 does not have any of these numbers as a factor.
2. Option B is incorrect. 27 and 9 are factors of 54, but not 7.
3. C is incorrect. 27 and 9 are factors of 81, but not 7
4. D is the correct answer. 7, 9, and 27 are all factors of 189.

## KEY-POINTS…

• Try as much as you can to understand questions before attempting to answer.
• You may quickly get the answer even without solving by testing all the options to find the least option that has all the lengths as a factor.

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