# What is the Greatest Common Factor of 72 and 82?

Greatest common factor (GCF) of 72 and 82 is **2**.

GCF(72,82) = 2

We will now calculate the prime factors of **72 and 82**, than find the greatest common factor *(greatest common divisor (gcd))* of the numbers by matching the biggest common factor of 72 and 82.

## How to find the GCF of 72 and 82?

We will first find the prime factorization of 72 and 82. After we will calculate the factors of 72 and 82 and find the biggest common factor number .

### Step-1: Prime Factorization of 72

Prime factors of 72 are 2, 3. Prime factorization of **72** in exponential form is:

72 = 2^{3} × 3^{2}

### Step-2: Prime Factorization of 82

Prime factors of 82 are 2, 41. Prime factorization of **82** in exponential form is:

82 = 2^{1} × 41^{1}

### Step-3: Factors of 72

List of positive integer factors of 72 that divides 72 without a remainder.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36

### Step-4: Factors of 82

List of positive integer factors of 82 that divides 72 without a remainder.

1, 2, 41

#### Final Step: Biggest Common Factor Number

We found the factors and prime factorization of 72 and 82. The biggest common factor number is the **GCF** number.

So the **greatest common factor 72 and 82** is **2**.

Also check out the Least Common Multiple of 72 and 82