# What is the Greatest Common Factor of 42 and 56?

Greatest common factor (GCF) of 42 and 56 is 14.

GCF(42,56) = 14

We will now calculate the prime factors of 42 and 56, than find the greatest common factor (greatest common divisor (gcd)) of the numbers by matching the biggest common factor of 42 and 56.

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## How to find the GCF of 42 and 56?

We will first find the prime factorization of 42 and 56. After we will calculate the factors of 42 and 56 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 = 21 × 31 × 71

### Step-2: Prime Factorization of 56

Prime factors of 56 are 2, 7. Prime factorization of 56 in exponential form is:

56 = 23 × 71

### 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 56

List of positive integer factors of 56 that divides 42 without a remainder.

1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 14, 28

#### Final Step: Biggest Common Factor Number

We found the factors and prime factorization of 42 and 56. The biggest common factor number is the GCF number.
So the greatest common factor 42 and 56 is 14.

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