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What is the LCM of 56 and 21?

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Solution: The LCM of 56 and 21 is 168 Methods How to find the LCM of 56 and 21 using Prime Factorization One way to find the LCM of 56 and 21 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 56? What are the Factors of 21? Here is the prime factorization of 56: 2 3 Γ— 7 1 2^3 Γ— 7^1 2 3 Γ— 7 1 And this is the prime factorization of 21: 3 1 Γ— 7 1 3^1 Γ— 7^1 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, 7, 3 2 3 Γ— 3 1 Γ— 7 1 = 168 2^3 Γ— 3^1 Γ— 7^1 = 168 2 3 Γ— 3 1 Γ— 7 1 = 168 Through this we see that the LCM of 56 and 21 is 168. How to Find the LCM of 56 and 21 by Listing Common Multiples The first step to this method of finding the Least Common Multiple of 56 and 21 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, 56 and 21: What are the Multiples of 56? What are the Multiples of 21? Let’s take a look at the first 10 multiples for each of these numbers, 56 and 21: First 10 Multiples of 56: 56, 112, 168, 224, 280, 336, 392, 448, 504, 560 First 10 Multiples of 21: 21, 42, 63, 84, 105, 126, 147, 168, 189, 210 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 56 and 21 are 168, 336, 504. Because 168 is the smallest, it is the least common multiple. The LCM of 56 and 21 is 168. Find the LCM of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other LCM problems: What is the LCM of 73 and 106? What is the LCM of 44 and 59? What is the LCM of 39 and 33? What is the LCM of 50 and 48? What is the LCM of 126 and 89?