Q:

What is the GCF of 45 and 87?

Accepted Solution

A:
Solution: The GCF of 45 and 87 is 3 Methods How to find the GCF of 45 and 87 using Prime Factorization One way to find the GCF of 45 and 87 is to compare 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 45? What are the Factors of 87? Here is the prime factorization of 45: 3 2 × 5 1 3^2 × 5^1 3 2 × 5 1 And this is the prime factorization of 87: 3 1 × 2 9 1 3^1 × 29^1 3 1 × 2 9 1 When you compare the prime factorization of these two numbers, you can see that there are matching prime factors. You can now find the Greatest Common Factor of 45 and 87 by multiplying all the matching prime factors to get a GCF of 45 and 87 as 9: Thus, the GCF of 45 and 87 is: 9 How to Find the GCF of 45 and 87 by Listing All Common Factors The first step to this method of finding the Greatest Common Factor of 45 and 87 is to find and list all the factors of each number. Again, you can see how this is done by looking at the “Factors of” articles that are linked to above. Let’s take a look at the factors for each of these numbers, 45 and 87: Factors of 45: 1, 3, 5, 9, 15, 45 Factors of 87: 1, 3, 29, 87 When you compare the two lists of factors, you can see that the common factor(s) are 1, 3. Since 3 is the largest of these common factors, the GCF of 45 and 87 would be 3. Find the GCF of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other GCF problems: What is the GCF of 120 and 47? What is the GCF of 110 and 101? What is the GCF of 127 and 34? What is the GCF of 33 and 97? What is the GCF of 31 and 60?