What is The HCF of 12 and 36
Highest Common Factor of the numbers 12 and 36 is the greatest possible number which divides 12 and 36 exactly without any remainder.
Answer: HCF of 12 and 36 is 12
Let's find the HCF of 12 and 36
Explanation:
We will explain the following two methods to find the greatest common factor of 12 and 36

Prime factorization Method

Listing the common factors Method
HCF of 12 and 36 by Prime Factorization
Let us represent 12 and 36 as a product of their prime factors:
Prime factorization of 12 is 2 x 2 x 3
Prime factorization of 36 is 2 x 2 x 3 x 3
Common factors = 2 x 2 x 3
HCF is the product of the prime factors that are common to each of the given numbers.
HCF of 12 and 36 is 12
HCF of 12 and 36 by Listing the Common Factors
Factors of 12: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12
Factors of 36: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, and 36
Common Factors of 12 and 36: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12
The Highest Common Factor of 12 and 36 from the list is 12
HCF of 12 and 36 is 12
By using any of the above methods, the answer to HCF of 12 and 36 is the same.