gcf (432; 95,256) = ? Calculate the greatest (highest) common factor (divisor) of numbers, gcf (hcf, gcd), by two methods: 1) The prime factorization and 2) The Euclidean Algorithm

gcf, hcf, gcd (432; 95,256) = ?

Method 1. The prime factorization:

The prime factorization of a number: finding the prime numbers that multiply together to make that number.


432 = 24 × 33
432 is not a prime number but a composite one.


95,256 = 23 × 35 × 72
95,256 is not a prime number but a composite one.


* The natural numbers that are only divisible by 1 and themselves are called prime numbers. A prime number has exactly two factors: 1 and itself.
* A composite number is a natural number that has at least one other factor than 1 and itself.



Calculate the greatest (highest) common factor (divisor):

Multiply all the common prime factors, taken by their smallest powers (exponents).


gcf, hcf, gcd (432; 95,256) = 23 × 33



gcf, hcf, gcd (432; 95,256) = 23 × 33 = 216
The two numbers have common prime factors.

Method 2. The Euclidean Algorithm:

This algorithm involves the process of dividing numbers and calculating the remainders.


'a' and 'b' are the two natural numbers, 'a' >= 'b'.


Divide 'a' by 'b' and get the remainder of the operation, 'r'.


If 'r' = 0, STOP. 'b' = the gcf (hcf, gcd) of 'a' and 'b'.


Else: Replace ('a' by 'b') and ('b' by 'r'). Return to the step above.



Step 1. Divide the larger number by the smaller one:
95,256 ÷ 432 = 220 + 216
Step 2. Divide the smaller number by the above operation's remainder:
432 ÷ 216 = 2 + 0
At this step, the remainder is zero, so we stop:
216 is the number we were looking for - the last non-zero remainder.
This is the greatest (highest) common factor (divisor).


The greatest (highest) common factor (divisor):
gcf, hcf, gcd (432; 95,256) = 216


gcf, hcf, gcd (432; 95,256) = 216 = 23 × 33

The final answer:
The greatest (highest) common factor (divisor),
gcf, hcf, gcd (432; 95,256) = 216 = 23 × 33
The two numbers have common prime factors.

Why do we need to calculate the greatest common factor?

Once you've calculated the greatest common factor of the numerator and the denominator of a fraction, it becomes much easier to fully reduce (simplify) the fraction to the lowest terms (the smallest possible numerator and denominator).



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Calculator of the greatest (highest) common factor (divisor), gcf, hcf, gcd

Calculate the greatest (highest) common factor (divisor) of numbers, gcd, hcf, gcd:

Method 1: Run the prime factorization of the numbers - then multiply all the common prime factors, taken by their smallest exponents. If there are no common prime factors, then gcf equals 1.

Method 2: The Euclidean Algorithm.

Method 3: The divisibility of the numbers.

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