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What is the LCM of 6 and 16?

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Solution: The LCM of 6 and 16 is 48 Methods How to find the LCM of 6 and 16 using Prime Factorization One way to find the LCM of 6 and 16 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 6? What are the Factors of 16? Here is the prime factorization of 6: 2 1 × 3 1 2^1 × 3^1 2 1 × 3 1 And this is the prime factorization of 16: 2 4 2^4 2 4 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 2 4 × 3 1 = 48 2^4 × 3^1 = 48 2 4 × 3 1 = 48 Through this we see that the LCM of 6 and 16 is 48. How to Find the LCM of 6 and 16 by Listing Common Multiples The first step to this method of finding the Least Common Multiple of 6 and 16 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, 6 and 16: What are the Multiples of 6? What are the Multiples of 16? Let’s take a look at the first 10 multiples for each of these numbers, 6 and 16: First 10 Multiples of 6: 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60 First 10 Multiples of 16: 16, 32, 48, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 144, 160 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 6 and 16 are 48, 96, 144. Because 48 is the smallest, it is the least common multiple. The LCM of 6 and 16 is 48. Find the LCM of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other LCM problems: What is the LCM of 114 and 40? What is the LCM of 137 and 146? What is the LCM of 86 and 3? What is the LCM of 39 and 23? What is the LCM of 28 and 94?