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What is the LCM of 42 and 8?

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Solution: The LCM of 42 and 8 is 168 Methods How to find the LCM of 42 and 8 using Prime Factorization One way to find the LCM of 42 and 8 is to start by comparing the prime factorization of each number. To find the prime factorization, you can follow the instructions for each number here: What are the Factors of 42? What are the Factors of 8? Here is the prime factorization of 42: 2 1 × 3 1 × 7 1 2^1 × 3^1 × 7^1 2 1 × 3 1 × 7 1 And this is the prime factorization of 8: 2 3 2^3 2 3 When you compare the prime factorization of these two numbers, you want to look for the highest power that each prime factor is raised to. In this case, there are these prime factors to consider: 2, 3, 7 2 3 × 3 1 × 7 1 = 168 2^3 × 3^1 × 7^1 = 168 2 3 × 3 1 × 7 1 = 168 Through this we see that the LCM of 42 and 8 is 168. How to Find the LCM of 42 and 8 by Listing Common Multiples The first step to this method of finding the Least Common Multiple of 42 and 8 is to begin to list a few multiples for each number. If you need a refresher on how to find the multiples of these numbers, you can see the walkthroughs in the links below for each number. Let’s take a look at the multiples for each of these numbers, 42 and 8: What are the Multiples of 42? What are the Multiples of 8? Let’s take a look at the first 10 multiples for each of these numbers, 42 and 8: First 10 Multiples of 42: 42, 84, 126, 168, 210, 252, 294, 336, 378, 420 First 10 Multiples of 8: 8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80 You can continue to list out the multiples of these numbers as long as needed to find a match. Once you do find a match, or several matches, the smallest of these matches would be the Least Common Multiple. For instance, the first matching multiple(s) of 42 and 8 are 168, 336, 504. Because 168 is the smallest, it is the least common multiple. The LCM of 42 and 8 is 168. Find the LCM of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other LCM problems: What is the LCM of 145 and 124? What is the LCM of 51 and 44? What is the LCM of 92 and 77? What is the LCM of 150 and 24? What is the LCM of 137 and 5?