Q. 8 Let ∗ be the binary operation on N defined by a ∗ b = H.C.F. of a and b.
Is ∗ commutative? Is ∗ associative? Does there exist identity for this binary
operation on N?

Answers (1)

a ∗ b = H.C.F. of a and b for all a,b \in A

H.C.F. of a and b = H.C.F of b and a for all a,b \in A

\therefore \, \, \, \, a*b=b*a

Hence, operation  ∗  is commutative.

For  a,b,c \in N ,

(a*b)*c = (H.C.F \, of\, a\, and\, b)*c= H.C.F\, of \, a,b,c.

  a*(b*c )= a*(H.C.F \, of\, b\, and\, c)= H.C.F\, of \, a,b,c.

\therefore                (a*b)*c=a*(b*c) 

Hence,  ∗ is associative.

An element c \in N will be identity for operation *  if a*c=a= c*a  for a \in N.

Hence, the operation * does not have any identity in N.

 

 

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