What is the GCF of 12 and 54?
Greatest Common Factor is a greatest number that is a factor of two or more other numbers.
The GCF (greatest common factor) is the same as: HCF (Highest Common Factor), GCD (Greatest Common Divisor), HCD (Highest Common Divisor), GCM (Greatest Common Measure), HCM (Highest Common Measure)
Answer: GCF of 12 and 54 is 6
Two methods to find the GCF of 12 and 54 are explained below.
Methods to find GCF of 12 and 54
- GCF of 12 and 54 by Prime Factorization
- GCF of 12 and 54 by Long Division
Method1: GCF of 12 and 54 by Prime Factorization
GCF is the product of the factors that are common to each of the given numbers.
Prime factorization of 12 is 2 × 2 × 3
Prime factorization of 54 is 2 × 3 × 3 × 3
The occurrences of common prime factors of 12 and 54 are 2 and 3
Hence GCF(12, 54) is 2 × 3 = 6
Method2: GCF of 12 and 54 by Long Division
- Step 1: Divide the larger number by the smaller
- Step 2: Divide the dividend by the remainder obtained in step 1 and repeat this step until we get the remainder as 0
- Step 3: The last dividend is the GCF of the two numbers
We take the larger value 54 as dividend and smaller value 12 as divisor
We will get the GCF same for the given numbers by using different methods.