Solutions to Questions on Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)

Detailed solutions and explanations to the questions on Lowest Common Multiple are presented.

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  1. Find the lowest common multiple of 5 and 15.
    Solution
    The prime factorization of 5 and 15 are:
    5 = 5
    15 = 3 × 5
    The LCM is given by product of all prime number in the prime factorization with the highest power. Hence
    LCM of 5 and 15 = 5 1 × 3 1 = 15
  2. Find the lowest common multiple of 8, 12 and 18.
    Solution
    The prime factorization of 8, 12 and 18 are:
    8 = 2 × 2 × 2 = 2 3
    12 = 2 × 2 × 3 = 2 2 × 3
    18 = 2 × 3 × 3 = 2 × 3 2
    The LCM is given by product of all prime number in the prime factorization with the highest power.
    LCM of 8, 12 and 18 = 2 3 × 3 2 = 72
  3. Find the lowest common multiple of 70 and 90.
    Solution
    The prime factorization of 70 and 90 are:
    70 = 2 × 5 × 7 = 2 × 5 × 7
    90 = 2 × 3 × 3 × 5 = 2 × 3 2 × 5
    The LCM is given by product of all prime number in the prime factorization with the highest power.
    LCM of 70 and 90 = 2 × 5 × 7× 3 2 = 630
  4. What is the lowest common multiple of 180, 216 and 450?
    The prime factorization of 180, 216 and 450:
    180 = 2 × 2 × 3 × 3 × 5 = 2 2 × 3 2 × 5
    216 = 2 × 2 × 2 × 3 × 3 × 3 = 2 3 × 3 3
    450 = 2 × 3 × 3 × 5 × 5 = 2 × 3 2 × 5 2
    The LCM is given by product of all prime number in the prime factorization with the highest power.
    LCM of 180, 216 and 450= 2 3 × 3 3 × 5 2 = 5400
  5. a) Find the lowest common multiple (LCM) and the greatest common factor (GCF) of 12 and 16 and compare the products LCM(12,16)×GCF(12,16) and 12×16.
    b) Find the LCM and GCF of 30 and 45 and compare the products LCM(30,45)×GCF(30,45) and 30×45.
    c) Find the LCM and GCF of 50 and 100 and compare the products LCM(50,100)×GCF(50,100) and 50×100.
    Solution
    a) The prime factorization of 12 and 16 are:
    12 = 2 × 2 × 3
    16 = 2 × 2 × 2 × 2
    GCF of 12 and 16 = 4
    LCM of 12 and 16 = 48
    Product: LCM(12,16)×GCF(12,16) = 48 × 4 = 192
    Product of given numbers: 12 × 16 = 192
    The prime two products are equal.
    b) The prime factorization of 30 and 45 are:
    30 = 2 × 3 × 5
    45 = 3 × 3 × 5
    GCF of 30 and 45 = 15
    LCM of 30 and 45 = 90
    Product: LCM(30,45)×GCF(30,45) = 90 × 15 = 1350
    Product of given numbers: 30 × 45 = 1350
    The prime two products are equal.
    c) The prime factorization of 60 and 160 are:
    60 = 2 × 2 × 3 × 5
    160 = 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 × 5
    GCF of 60 and 160 = 20
    LCM of 60 and 160 = 480
    Product: LCM(60,160)×GCF(60,160) = 480 × 20 = 9600
    Product of given numbers: 60 × 160 = 9600
    The prime two products are equal.
    It is always true that
    Given two whole numbers M and N and their CGF and LCM, we have the relationship
    GCF × LCM = M × N

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