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What is the LCM of 30 and 46?

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Solution: The LCM of 30 and 46 is 690 Methods How to find the LCM of 30 and 46 using Prime Factorization One way to find the LCM of 30 and 46 is to start by comparing 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 30? What are the Factors of 46? Here is the prime factorization of 30: 2 1 × 3 1 × 5 1 2^1 × 3^1 × 5^1 2 1 × 3 1 × 5 1 And this is the prime factorization of 46: 2 1 × 2 3 1 2^1 × 23^1 2 1 × 2 3 1 When you compare the prime factorization of these two numbers, you want to look for the highest power that each prime factor is raised to. In this case, there are these prime factors to consider: 2, 3, 5, 23 2 1 × 3 1 × 5 1 × 2 3 1 = 690 2^1 × 3^1 × 5^1 × 23^1 = 690 2 1 × 3 1 × 5 1 × 2 3 1 = 690 Through this we see that the LCM of 30 and 46 is 690. How to Find the LCM of 30 and 46 by Listing Common Multiples The first step to this method of finding the Least Common Multiple of 30 and 46 is to begin to list a few multiples for each number. If you need a refresher on how to find the multiples of these numbers, you can see the walkthroughs in the links below for each number. Let’s take a look at the multiples for each of these numbers, 30 and 46: What are the Multiples of 30? What are the Multiples of 46? Let’s take a look at the first 10 multiples for each of these numbers, 30 and 46: First 10 Multiples of 30: 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 210, 240, 270, 300 First 10 Multiples of 46: 46, 92, 138, 184, 230, 276, 322, 368, 414, 460 You can continue to list out the multiples of these numbers as long as needed to find a match. Once you do find a match, or several matches, the smallest of these matches would be the Least Common Multiple. For instance, the first matching multiple(s) of 30 and 46 are 690, 1380, 2070. Because 690 is the smallest, it is the least common multiple. The LCM of 30 and 46 is 690. Find the LCM of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other LCM problems: What is the LCM of 135 and 25? What is the LCM of 56 and 128? What is the LCM of 37 and 115? What is the LCM of 48 and 53? What is the LCM of 24 and 80?