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What is the Greatest Common Factor of 12 and 16?

Greatest common factor (GCF) of 12 and 16 is 4.

GCF(12,16) = 4

We will now calculate the prime factors of 12 and 16, than find the greatest common factor (greatest common divisor (gcd)) of the numbers by matching the biggest common factor of 12 and 16.

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How to find the GCF of 12 and 16?

We will first find the prime factorization of 12 and 16. After we will calculate the factors of 12 and 16 and find the biggest common factor number .

Step-1: Prime Factorization of 12

Prime factors of 12 are 2, 3. Prime factorization of 12 in exponential form is:

12 = 22 × 31

Step-2: Prime Factorization of 16

Prime factors of 16 are 2. Prime factorization of 16 in exponential form is:

16 = 24

Step-3: Factors of 12

List of positive integer factors of 12 that divides 12 without a remainder.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Step-4: Factors of 16

List of positive integer factors of 16 that divides 12 without a remainder.

1, 2, 4, 8

Final Step: Biggest Common Factor Number

We found the factors and prime factorization of 12 and 16. The biggest common factor number is the GCF number.
So the greatest common factor 12 and 16 is 4.

Also check out the Least Common Multiple of 12 and 16

Recent Comments
Guest 2021-02-25 22:30:18

thank you so much for helping me i learned a lot

NoNamer 2020-02-06 02:59:46

Why cant you do it for 3 numbers!?!

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