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Examples, videos, worksheets, and solutions to help Grade 6 students learn how to find the greatest common factor using prime factorization and factor trees.

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GCF and Factor Trees

How to find the greatest common factor by using factor trees?
The greatest common factor is the biggest number that divides evenly into each number in a given set of numbers.
Find the prime factorization of a number and use that to find the greatest common factor between two or three numbers.
Examples:
1. Find the greatest common factor of 12 and 8.
2. Find the greatest common factor of 18 and 21.
1. Find the greatest common factor of 24, 32 and 40.



Greatest common factor using prime factorization or factor trees
Example:
Find the GCF of 18, 20 and 6. Three examples of how to find the greatest common factor of a set of terms using the factor tree
Example:
Find the Greatest Common Factor of the following numbers.
1. 24, 36, 60
2. 28x2, 424, 49x3
3. 24a4b2, 60a3b, 144a3b3 How to find the greatest common factor (GCF) using factor trees and exponents?
Example:
Find the GCF of 60, 18 and 28.

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