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What is the GCF of 3 and 48?

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Solution: The GCF of 3 and 48 is 3 Methods How to find the GCF of 3 and 48 using Prime Factorization One way to find the GCF of 3 and 48 is to compare 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 3? What are the Factors of 48? Here is the prime factorization of 3: 3 1 3^1 3 1 And this is the prime factorization of 48: 2 4 × 3 1 2^4 × 3^1 2 4 × 3 1 When you compare the prime factorization of these two numbers, you can see that there are matching prime factors. You can now find the Greatest Common Factor of 3 and 48 by multiplying all the matching prime factors to get a GCF of 3 and 48 as 9: Thus, the GCF of 3 and 48 is: 9 How to Find the GCF of 3 and 48 by Listing All Common Factors The first step to this method of finding the Greatest Common Factor of 3 and 48 is to find and list all the factors of each number. Again, you can see how this is done by looking at the “Factors of” articles that are linked to above. Let’s take a look at the factors for each of these numbers, 3 and 48: Factors of 3: 1, 3 Factors of 48: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 24, 48 When you compare the two lists of factors, you can see that the common factor(s) are 1, 3. Since 3 is the largest of these common factors, the GCF of 3 and 48 would be 3. Find the GCF of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other GCF problems: What is the GCF of 55 and 50? What is the GCF of 88 and 5? What is the GCF of 130 and 67? What is the GCF of 21 and 123? What is the GCF of 1 and 109?