For natural numbers x, y, and z, if xy + yz = 19 and yz + xz = 51, then the minimum possible value of xyz is
Correct Answer: 34
It is given, y(x + z) = 19
y cannot be 19.
If y = 19, x + z = 1 which is not possible when both x and z are natural numbers.
Therefore, y = 1 and x + z = 19
It is given, z(x + y) = 51
z can take values 3 and 17
If z = 3, y = 1 and x = 16
xyz = 3*1*16 = 48
If z = 17, y = 1 and x = 2
xyz = 17*1*2 = 34
Minimum value xyz can take is 34.
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