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What is the LCM of 51 and 87?

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Solution: The LCM of 51 and 87 is 1479 Methods How to find the LCM of 51 and 87 using Prime Factorization One way to find the LCM of 51 and 87 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 51? What are the Factors of 87? 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 87: 3 1 × 2 9 1 3^1 × 29^1 3 1 × 2 9 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: 3, 17, 29 3 1 × 1 7 1 × 2 9 1 = 1479 3^1 × 17^1 × 29^1 = 1479 3 1 × 1 7 1 × 2 9 1 = 1479 Through this we see that the LCM of 51 and 87 is 1479. How to Find the LCM of 51 and 87 by Listing Common Multiples The first step to this method of finding the Least Common Multiple of 51 and 87 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, 51 and 87: What are the Multiples of 51? What are the Multiples of 87? Let’s take a look at the first 10 multiples for each of these numbers, 51 and 87: First 10 Multiples of 51: 51, 102, 153, 204, 255, 306, 357, 408, 459, 510 First 10 Multiples of 87: 87, 174, 261, 348, 435, 522, 609, 696, 783, 870 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 51 and 87 are 1479, 2958, 4437. Because 1479 is the smallest, it is the least common multiple. The LCM of 51 and 87 is 1479. Find the LCM of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other LCM problems: What is the LCM of 136 and 79? What is the LCM of 33 and 90? What is the LCM of 15 and 56? What is the LCM of 78 and 111? What is the LCM of 70 and 135?