# What is the Greatest Common Factor of 42 and 59?

Greatest common factor (GCF) of 42 and 59 is **1**.

GCF(42,59) = 1

We will now calculate the prime factors of **42 and 59**, than find the greatest common factor *(greatest common divisor (gcd))* of the numbers by matching the biggest common factor of 42 and 59.

## How to find the GCF of 42 and 59?

We will first find the prime factorization of 42 and 59. After we will calculate the factors of 42 and 59 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 59

Prime factors of 59 are 59. Prime factorization of **59** in exponential form is:

59 = 59^{1}

### 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 59

List of positive integer factors of 59 that divides 42 without a remainder.

1

#### Final Step: Biggest Common Factor Number

We found the factors and prime factorization of 42 and 59. The biggest common factor number is the **GCF** number.

So the **greatest common factor 42 and 59** is **1**.

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