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What is the LCM of 20 and 71?

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Solution: The LCM of 20 and 71 is 1420 Methods How to find the LCM of 20 and 71 using Prime Factorization One way to find the LCM of 20 and 71 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 20? What are the Factors of 71? Here is the prime factorization of 20: 2 2 × 5 1 2^2 × 5^1 2 2 × 5 1 And this is the prime factorization of 71: 7 1 1 71^1 7 1 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: 2, 5, 71 2 2 × 5 1 × 7 1 1 = 1420 2^2 × 5^1 × 71^1 = 1420 2 2 × 5 1 × 7 1 1 = 1420 Through this we see that the LCM of 20 and 71 is 1420. How to Find the LCM of 20 and 71 by Listing Common Multiples The first step to this method of finding the Least Common Multiple of 20 and 71 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, 20 and 71: What are the Multiples of 20? What are the Multiples of 71? Let’s take a look at the first 10 multiples for each of these numbers, 20 and 71: First 10 Multiples of 20: 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 140, 160, 180, 200 First 10 Multiples of 71: 71, 142, 213, 284, 355, 426, 497, 568, 639, 710 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 20 and 71 are 1420, 2840, 4260. Because 1420 is the smallest, it is the least common multiple. The LCM of 20 and 71 is 1420. Find the LCM of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other LCM problems: What is the LCM of 51 and 87? What is the LCM of 14 and 58? What is the LCM of 137 and 95? What is the LCM of 145 and 139? What is the LCM of 70 and 108?