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What is the LCM of 118 and 131?

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Solution: The LCM of 118 and 131 is 15458 Methods How to find the LCM of 118 and 131 using Prime Factorization One way to find the LCM of 118 and 131 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 118? What are the Factors of 131? Here is the prime factorization of 118: 2 1 Γ— 5 9 1 2^1 Γ— 59^1 2 1 Γ— 5 9 1 And this is the prime factorization of 131: 13 1 1 131^1 13 1 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, 59, 131 2 1 Γ— 5 9 1 Γ— 13 1 1 = 15458 2^1 Γ— 59^1 Γ— 131^1 = 15458 2 1 Γ— 5 9 1 Γ— 13 1 1 = 15458 Through this we see that the LCM of 118 and 131 is 15458. How to Find the LCM of 118 and 131 by Listing Common Multiples The first step to this method of finding the Least Common Multiple of 118 and 131 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, 118 and 131: What are the Multiples of 118? What are the Multiples of 131? Let’s take a look at the first 10 multiples for each of these numbers, 118 and 131: First 10 Multiples of 118: 118, 236, 354, 472, 590, 708, 826, 944, 1062, 1180 First 10 Multiples of 131: 131, 262, 393, 524, 655, 786, 917, 1048, 1179, 1310 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 118 and 131 are 15458, 30916, 46374. Because 15458 is the smallest, it is the least common multiple. The LCM of 118 and 131 is 15458. Find the LCM of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other LCM problems: What is the LCM of 44 and 52? What is the LCM of 84 and 43? What is the LCM of 25 and 134? What is the LCM of 48 and 38? What is the LCM of 116 and 93?