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What is the GCF of 36 and 102?

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Solution: The GCF of 36 and 102 is 6 Methods How to find the GCF of 36 and 102 using Prime Factorization One way to find the GCF of 36 and 102 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 36? What are the Factors of 102? Here is the prime factorization of 36: 2 2 × 3 2 2^2 × 3^2 2 2 × 3 2 And this is the prime factorization of 102: 2 1 × 3 1 × 1 7 1 2^1 × 3^1 × 17^1 2 1 × 3 1 × 1 7 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 36 and 102 by multiplying all the matching prime factors to get a GCF of 36 and 102 as 36: Thus, the GCF of 36 and 102 is: 36 How to Find the GCF of 36 and 102 by Listing All Common Factors The first step to this method of finding the Greatest Common Factor of 36 and 102 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, 36 and 102: Factors of 36: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, 36 Factors of 102: 1, 2, 3, 6, 17, 34, 51, 102 When you compare the two lists of factors, you can see that the common factor(s) are 1, 2, 3, 6. Since 6 is the largest of these common factors, the GCF of 36 and 102 would be 6. Find the GCF of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other GCF problems: What is the GCF of 7 and 51? What is the GCF of 94 and 20? What is the GCF of 121 and 104? What is the GCF of 38 and 140? What is the GCF of 61 and 21?