Given two positive integers ‘a’ and ‘b’ that represent coefficients in equation ax + by = m. Find the minimum value of m that satisfies the equation for any positive integer values of x and y. And after this minimum value, the equation is satisfied by all (greater) values of m. If no such minimum value exists, return “-1”.
Input: a = 4, b = 7
Explanation: 18 is the smallest value that can
can be satisfied by equation 4x + 7y.
4*1 + 7*2 = 18
And after 18 all values are satisifed
4*3 + 7*1 = 19
4*5 + 7*0 = 20
... and so on.
This is a variation of Frobenius coin problem. In Frobenius coin problem, we need to find the largest number that can not be represented using two coins. The largest amount for coins with denominations as ‘a’ and ‘b’ is a*b – (a+b).
This question is a direct implementation of a theorem – “Chicken McNugget Theorem”. It states that if the two numbers, a and b, are co-prime, then there exists an minimum integer m, above which ax + by = m is true for any positive numbers x and y.
// C++ program to find the minimum value of m that satisfies
// ax + by = m and all values after m also satisfy
using namespace std;
int findMin(int a, int b)
// If GCD is not 1, then there is no such value,
// else value is obtained using "a*b-a-b+1'
return (__gcd(a, b) == 1)? a*b-a-b+1 : -1;
// Driver code
int a = 4, b = 7;
cout << findMin(a, b) << endl;
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