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What is the GCF of 51 and 12?

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Solution: The GCF of 51 and 12 is 3 Methods How to find the GCF of 51 and 12 using Prime Factorization One way to find the GCF of 51 and 12 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 51? What are the Factors of 12? Here is the prime factorization of 51: 3 1 × 1 7 1 3^1 × 17^1 3 1 × 1 7 1 And this is the prime factorization of 12: 2 2 × 3 1 2^2 × 3^1 2 2 × 3 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 51 and 12 by multiplying all the matching prime factors to get a GCF of 51 and 12 as 9: Thus, the GCF of 51 and 12 is: 9 How to Find the GCF of 51 and 12 by Listing All Common Factors The first step to this method of finding the Greatest Common Factor of 51 and 12 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, 51 and 12: Factors of 51: 1, 3, 17, 51 Factors of 12: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12 When you compare the two lists of factors, you can see that the common factor(s) are 1, 3. Since 3 is the largest of these common factors, the GCF of 51 and 12 would be 3. Find the GCF of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other GCF problems: What is the GCF of 13 and 134? What is the GCF of 37 and 117? What is the GCF of 97 and 131? What is the GCF of 9 and 64? What is the GCF of 33 and 94?