What is the HCF of 36 and 42?
HCF (Highest Common Factor) of 36 and 42 is the greatest possible number which divides both 36 and 42 exactly.
Answer: HCF of 36 and 42 is 6
The highest common factor (HCF) of two numbers a and b is the highest possible number that divides the numbers a and b exactly, leaving the remainder 0.
Methods to Find HCF of 36 and 42
HCF of 36 and 42 by Listing the Common Factors
Common Factors of 36 and 42: 1, 2, 3, 6
Since the greatest common factor is 6, the HCF of 36 and 42 is 6
HCF of 36 and 42 is 6
HCF of 36 and 42 by Long Division
- Step 1: Divide 42 by 36 and check the remainder.
- Step 2: Make the remainder 6 as the new divisor and the previous divisor 36 is the dividend and perform the long division again. The last divisor is our HCF.
- Step 3: Continue till you get the remainder as 0
You can find the HCF of 36 and 42 in any of the above methods but the solution will be the same.