What is the Least Common Multiple of 72 and 78?

Least common multiple or lowest common denominator (lcd) can be calculated in two way; with the LCM formula calculation of greatest common factor (GCF), or multiplying the prime factors with the highest exponent factor.

Least common multiple (LCM) of 72 and 78 is 936.

LCM(72,78) = 936

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Least Common Multiple of 72 and 78 with GCF Formula

The formula of LCM is LCM(a,b) = ( a × b) / GCF(a,b).
We need to calculate greatest common factor 72 and 78, than apply into the LCM equation.

GCF(72,78) = 6
LCM(72,78) = ( 72 × 78) / 6
LCM(72,78) = 5616 / 6
LCM(72,78) = 936

Least Common Multiple (LCM) of 72 and 78 with Primes

Least common multiple can be found by multiplying the highest exponent prime factors of 72 and 78. First we will calculate the prime factors of 72 and 78.

Prime Factorization of 72

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

72 = 23 × 32

Prime Factorization of 78

Prime factors of 78 are 2, 3, 13. Prime factorization of 78 in exponential form is:

78 = 21 × 31 × 131

Now multiplying the highest exponent prime factors to calculate the LCM of 72 and 78.

LCM(72,78) = 23 × 32 × 131
LCM(72,78) = 936