How do you find the least common multiple of 6 and 10?
The least common multiple of (6,10) is 30
Here's one way to do it :
- Find the prime factors of each number :
Take the larger exponent of each :
in this case : 2, 3 and 5
Multiply those together to find the LCM :
More examples here to understand :(http://www.coolmath.com/prealgebra/01-gcfs-lcms/04-least-common-multiples-03)
Multiply the two numbers together to start, then divide that answer by two or five.
Rather than trying to find a series of factors for each number in the list it may be more efficient to multiply the numbers together and then factor to find the least common multiple.
In this example,
Since we need the least common multiple, try dividing the CM by
#"to find the lowest common multiple (LCM) of 2 numbers"#
#• " divide the larger number by the smaller number"#
#• " if the remainder is zero then the larger number is the LCM"#
#• " if not repeat with multiples of the larger number"#
#rArr10/6=1 color(blue)" remainder 4 " X#
#(2xx10)/6=20/6=3color(blue)" remainder 2 " X#
#(3xx10)/6=30/6=5color(blue)" remainder 0 " ✔︎#
#rArr" LCM of 6 and 10 " =30#