# What is the Least Common Multiple of 9 and 27?

*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 9 and 27 is **27**.

LCM(9,27) = 27

## Least Common Multiple of 9 and 27 with GCF Formula

The formula of **LCM** is LCM(a,b) = ( a × b) / GCF(a,b).

We need to calculate greatest common factor 9 and 27, than apply into the LCM equation.

GCF(9,27) = 9

LCM(9,27) = ( 9 × 27) / 9

LCM(9,27) = 243 / 9

LCM(9,27) = 27

## Least Common Multiple (LCM) of 9 and 27 with Primes

Least common multiple can be found by multiplying the highest exponent prime factors of 9 and 27. First we will calculate the **prime factors of 9 and 27**.

### Prime Factorization of 9

Prime factors of 9 are 3. Prime factorization of **9** in exponential form is:

9 = 3^{2}

### Prime Factorization of 27

Prime factors of 27 are 3. Prime factorization of **27** in exponential form is:

27 = 3^{3}

Now multiplying the highest exponent prime factors to calculate the **LCM of 9 and 27**.

LCM(9,27) = 3^{3}

LCM(9,27) = 27