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What is the GCF of 126 and 21?

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Solution: The GCF of 126 and 21 is 21 Methods How to find the GCF of 126 and 21 using Prime Factorization One way to find the GCF of 126 and 21 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 126? What are the Factors of 21? Here is the prime factorization of 126: 2 1 × 3 2 × 7 1 2^1 × 3^2 × 7^1 2 1 × 3 2 × 7 1 And this is the prime factorization of 21: 3 1 × 7 1 3^1 × 7^1 3 1 × 7 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 126 and 21 by multiplying all the matching prime factors to get a GCF of 126 and 21 as 441: Thus, the GCF of 126 and 21 is: 441 How to Find the GCF of 126 and 21 by Listing All Common Factors The first step to this method of finding the Greatest Common Factor of 126 and 21 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, 126 and 21: Factors of 126: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 14, 18, 21, 42, 63, 126 Factors of 21: 1, 3, 7, 21 When you compare the two lists of factors, you can see that the common factor(s) are 1, 3, 7, 21. Since 21 is the largest of these common factors, the GCF of 126 and 21 would be 21. Find the GCF of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other GCF problems: What is the GCF of 67 and 28? What is the GCF of 97 and 76? What is the GCF of 63 and 139? What is the GCF of 32 and 144? What is the GCF of 88 and 135?