LCM (575,272; 3,451,632) = ? Calculate the least common multiple, LCM, by two methods: 1) Numbers' divisibility and 2) The prime factorization

lcm (575,272; 3,451,632) = ?

Method 1. The divisibility of numbers:

A number 'a' is divisible by a number 'b' if there is no remainder when 'a' is divided by 'b'.


Divide the larger number by the smaller one.


When we divide our numbers, there is no remainder:


3,451,632 ÷ 575,272 = 6 + 0


=> 3,451,632 = 575,272 × 6


=> 3,451,632 is divisible by 575,272.


=> 3,451,632 is a multiple of 575,272.


The smallest multiple of 3,451,632 is the number itself: 3,451,632.


The least common multiple:
lcm (575,272; 3,451,632) = 3,451,632


lcm (575,272; 3,451,632) = 3,451,632 = 24 × 3 × 71,909
3,451,632 is a multiple of 575,272

Method 2. The prime factorization:

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


575,272 = 23 × 71,909
575,272 is not a prime number but a composite one.


3,451,632 = 24 × 3 × 71,909
3,451,632 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 least common multiple, lcm:

Multiply all the prime factors of the two numbers, taken by the largest exponents (largest powers).


lcm (575,272; 3,451,632) = 24 × 3 × 71,909



lcm (575,272; 3,451,632) = 24 × 3 × 71,909 = 3,451,632
3,451,632 contains all the prime factors of the number 575,272

The final answer:
The least common multiple
lcm (575,272; 3,451,632) = 3,451,632 = 24 × 3 × 71,909
3,451,632 is divisible by 575,272. 3,451,632 is a multiple of 575,272.
3,451,632 contains all the prime factors of the number 575,272

Why is it useful to calculate the least common multiple?

When adding, subtracting or sorting fractions with different denominators, in order to work with those fractions we must first make the denominators the same. An easy way is to calculate the least common multiple of all the denominators of the fractions (the least common denominator).


By definition, the least common multiple of two numbers is the smallest natural number that is: (1) greater than 0 and (2) a multiple of both numbers.


The least common multiple, LCM: the latest 5 calculated values

Calculator: calculate the least common multiple, lcm

Calculate the least common multiple of the numbers, LCM:

Method 1: Run the prime factorization of the numbers - then multiply all the prime factors of the numbers, taken by the largest exponents.

Method 2: The Euclidean algorithm:
lcm (a; b) = (a × b) / gcf (a; b)

Method 3: The divisibility of the numbers.

The least common multiple (lcm). What it is and how to calculate it.


What is a prime number? Definition, examples

What is a composite number? Definition, examples

The prime numbers up to 1,000

The prime numbers up to 10,000

The Sieve of Eratosthenes

The Euclidean Algorithm

Completely reduce (simplify) fractions to the lowest terms: Steps and Examples