# What is the Greatest Common Factor of 42 and 50?

Greatest common factor (GCF) of 42 and 50 is **2**.

GCF(42,50) = 2

We will now calculate the prime factors of **42 and 50**, than find the greatest common factor *(greatest common divisor (gcd))* of the numbers by matching the biggest common factor of 42 and 50.

## How to find the GCF of 42 and 50?

We will first find the prime factorization of 42 and 50. After we will calculate the factors of 42 and 50 and find the biggest common factor number .

### Step-1: Prime Factorization of 42

Prime factors of 42 are 2, 3, 7. Prime factorization of **42** in exponential form is:

42 = 2^{1} × 3^{1} × 7^{1}

### Step-2: Prime Factorization of 50

Prime factors of 50 are 2, 5. Prime factorization of **50** in exponential form is:

50 = 2^{1} × 5^{2}

### Step-3: Factors of 42

List of positive integer factors of 42 that divides 42 without a remainder.

1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 14, 21

### Step-4: Factors of 50

List of positive integer factors of 50 that divides 42 without a remainder.

1, 2, 5, 10, 25

#### Final Step: Biggest Common Factor Number

We found the factors and prime factorization of 42 and 50. The biggest common factor number is the **GCF** number.

So the **greatest common factor 42 and 50** is **2**.

Also check out the Least Common Multiple of 42 and 50