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?
a ∗ b = H.C.F. of a and b for all
H.C.F. of a and b = H.C.F of b and a for all
Hence, operation ∗ is commutative.
Hence, ∗ is associative.
An element will be identity for operation * if for .
Hence, the operation * does not have any identity in N.