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What is the LCM of 58 and 42?

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Solution: The LCM of 58 and 42 is 1218 Methods How to find the LCM of 58 and 42 using Prime Factorization One way to find the LCM of 58 and 42 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 58? What are the Factors of 42? Here is the prime factorization of 58: 2 1 Γ— 2 9 1 2^1 Γ— 29^1 2 1 Γ— 2 9 1 And this is the prime factorization of 42: 2 1 Γ— 3 1 Γ— 7 1 2^1 Γ— 3^1 Γ— 7^1 2 1 Γ— 3 1 Γ— 7 1 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, 29, 3, 7 2 1 Γ— 3 1 Γ— 7 1 Γ— 2 9 1 = 1218 2^1 Γ— 3^1 Γ— 7^1 Γ— 29^1 = 1218 2 1 Γ— 3 1 Γ— 7 1 Γ— 2 9 1 = 1218 Through this we see that the LCM of 58 and 42 is 1218. How to Find the LCM of 58 and 42 by Listing Common Multiples The first step to this method of finding the Least Common Multiple of 58 and 42 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, 58 and 42: What are the Multiples of 58? What are the Multiples of 42? Let’s take a look at the first 10 multiples for each of these numbers, 58 and 42: First 10 Multiples of 58: 58, 116, 174, 232, 290, 348, 406, 464, 522, 580 First 10 Multiples of 42: 42, 84, 126, 168, 210, 252, 294, 336, 378, 420 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 58 and 42 are 1218, 2436, 3654. Because 1218 is the smallest, it is the least common multiple. The LCM of 58 and 42 is 1218. Find the LCM of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other LCM problems: What is the LCM of 76 and 13? What is the LCM of 24 and 5? What is the LCM of 103 and 66? What is the LCM of 16 and 71? What is the LCM of 6 and 56?