Least Common Multiple
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What is the meaning of LCM?
A common multiple is a number that is a multiple of two or more numbers.
Least common multiple is the smallest multiple shared between two or more numbers. The Least Common Multiple (LCM) is also referred to as the Least Common Denominator (LCD).
How do you find the least common multiple?
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What is the LCM of 24 and 32?
First, we factor both numbers to their primes.
The prime factorization of 24 is:
24 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 3
The prime factorization of 32 is:
32 = 2 x 2 x2 x 2 x 2
Next, we identify any shared primes. With 24 and 32, 2 x 2 x 2 is a shared prime number.
Then, we take the shared prime and multiply it with all of the other prime factors.
2 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 2 x 2
The red number 2 x 2 x2 is the shared prime factor.
The blue numbers are the other prime factors.
Our answer is 96. The LCM of 32 and 24 is 96.
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