Sunday, May 26, 2024

TI 30Xa Algorithms: Greatest Common Divisor

TI 30Xa Algorithms: Greatest Common Divisor


To find the greatest common divisor between two positive integers U and V:


Let U ≥ V. Let U = A * V + R where A is the quotient of U / V and R is the remainder. If R≠0, then V becomes the new U and R become the new V. The process repeats until R=0. At that point the value of V prior to the last calculation is the greatest common divisor (GCD) of U and V.


Example:

gcd(166, 78)

U = 166, V = 78


Algorithm Loop:

  1. A = int(U / V)

  2. R = U – V * int(U / V)



A

R

U

V

Start

n/a

n/a

166

78

A = int(166 / 78) = 2

R = 166 – 2 * 78 = 10

2

10

78

10

A = int(78 / 10) = 7,

R = 78 – 7 * 10 = 8

7

8

10

8

A = int(10 / 8) = 1

R = 10 – 1 * 8 = 2

1

2

8

2

A = int(8 / 2) = 4

R = 8 – 4 * 2 = 0

4

0 *STOP*





Procedure


  1. Store the greater of the two numbers in memory register 1: [ STO ] [ 1 ].

  2. Store the lesser of the two numbers in memory register 2: [ STO ] [ 2 ].

  3. Divide memory register 1 by memory register 2. Store the integer part (no fractional part) in memory register 3: [ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ ÷ ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ = ], (integer part) [ STO ] [ 3 ]

  4. Figure the remainder and store the result in memory 3: [ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ - ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ × ] [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ = ] [ STO ] [ 3 ]

  5. If the remainder is 0, stop. The GCD is stored in memory 2.

  6. If the remainder is non-zero, then store memory 2 into memory 1 then memory 3 into memory 2. You need to do it in this order. [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ STO ] [ 1 ], [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ STO ] [ 2 ]. Go back to Step 3 and repeat.


Examples


Example 1: GCD(26, 14)

M1 = 26, M2 = 14



M1

M2

M3

26 [ STO ] [ 1 ], 14 [ STO ] [ 2 ]

26

14


[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ ÷ ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ = ]

Result: 1.857142857

1 [ STO ] [ 3 ]

26

14

1

[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ - ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ × ] [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ = ]

Result: 12

[ STO ] [ 3 ]

R is not zero, so we continue.

26

14

12

[ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ STO ] [ 1 ], [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ STO ] [ 2 ]

14

12

12

[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ ÷ ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ = ]

Result: 1.166666667

1 [ STO ] [ 3 ]

14

12

1

[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ - ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ × ] [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ = ]

Result: 2

[ STO ] [ 3 ]

R is not zero, so we continue.

14

12

2

[ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ STO ] [ 1 ], [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ STO ] [ 2 ]

12

2

2

[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ ÷ ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ = ]

Result: 6

6 [ STO ] [ 3 ]

12

2

6

[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ - ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ × ] [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ = ]

Result: 0

[ STO ] [ 3 ]

R is zero, so we stop.

GCD: [ RCL ] [ 2 ]: GCD(26, 14) = 2

12

2

0



Example 2: GCD(27, 15)

M1 = 27, M2 = 15




M1

M2

M3

27 [ STO ] [ 1 ], 15 [ STO ] [ 2 ]

27

15


[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ ÷ ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ = ]

Result: 1.8

1 [ STO ] [ 3 ]

27

15

1

[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ - ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ × ] [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ = ]

Result: 12

[ STO ] [ 3 ]

R is not zero, so we continue.

27

15

12

[ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ STO ] [ 1 ], [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ STO ] [ 2 ]

15

12

12

[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ ÷ ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ = ]

Result: 1.25

1 [ STO ] [ 3 ]

15

12

1

[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ - ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ × ] [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ = ]

Result: 3

[ STO ] [ 3 ]

R is not zero, so we continue.

15

12

3

[ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ STO ] [ 1 ], [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ STO ] [ 2 ]

12

3

3

[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ ÷ ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ = ]

Result: 4

4 [ STO ] [ 3 ]

12

3

4

[ RCL ] [ 1 ] [ - ] [ RCL ] [ 2 ] [ × ] [ RCL ] [ 3 ] [ = ]

Result: 0

[ STO ] [ 3 ]

R is zero, so we stop.

GCD: [ RCL ] [ 2 ]: GCD(27, 15) = 3

12

3

0



I hope you find this useful. What I hope to do with the monthly series is to demonstrate various calculations with the TI-30Xa.


Note: For June and July 2024, I will be posting on Saturdays only. I plan to resume the Saturday-Sunday schedule in August.



Eddie


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