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What is the GCF of 138 and 132?

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Solution: The GCF of 138 and 132 is 6 Methods How to find the GCF of 138 and 132 using Prime Factorization One way to find the GCF of 138 and 132 is to compare the prime factorization of each number. To find the prime factorization, you can follow the instructions for each number here: What are the Factors of 138? What are the Factors of 132? Here is the prime factorization of 138: 2 1 × 3 1 × 2 3 1 2^1 × 3^1 × 23^1 2 1 × 3 1 × 2 3 1 And this is the prime factorization of 132: 2 2 × 3 1 × 1 1 1 2^2 × 3^1 × 11^1 2 2 × 3 1 × 1 1 1 When you compare the prime factorization of these two numbers, you can see that there are matching prime factors. You can now find the Greatest Common Factor of 138 and 132 by multiplying all the matching prime factors to get a GCF of 138 and 132 as 36: Thus, the GCF of 138 and 132 is: 36 How to Find the GCF of 138 and 132 by Listing All Common Factors The first step to this method of finding the Greatest Common Factor of 138 and 132 is to find and list all the factors of each number. Again, you can see how this is done by looking at the “Factors of” articles that are linked to above. Let’s take a look at the factors for each of these numbers, 138 and 132: Factors of 138: 1, 2, 3, 6, 23, 46, 69, 138 Factors of 132: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 22, 33, 44, 66, 132 When you compare the two lists of factors, you can see that the common factor(s) are 1, 2, 3, 6. Since 6 is the largest of these common factors, the GCF of 138 and 132 would be 6. Find the GCF of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other GCF problems: What is the GCF of 57 and 10? What is the GCF of 101 and 116? What is the GCF of 96 and 40? What is the GCF of 15 and 43? What is the GCF of 9 and 60?