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You Will Need
- A series of numbers
- Algebraic expressions
Determine for a series of numbers
Factor each number in a series of numbers completely into its primes; identify the common factors for each number; and then multiply the common factors together.
Use 18 and 27
Use the numbers 18 and 27 as an example. The primes of 18 are three, three, and two. The primes of 27 are three, three, and three. So the greatest common factor is three times three, or nine.
Determine the greatest common factor for algebraic expressions
Identify all of the common factors in a series of algebraic expressions.
factor 60x2y and 210xy2
Use the expressions the common factors of the first expression are two, two, three, five, x, x, and y. The common factors in the second expression are two, three, five, seven, x, y, and y. So the greatest common factor is two times three times five times x times y, or 30xy.