Least Common Multiple  of 3 and 16 is 48

How to find the Least Common Multiple of 3 and 16?

On this page below, we'll use the Prime Factorisation, and the List of Multiples method to find out the LCM of 3 and 16.

Follow the steps below, and let's calculate the LCM of 3 and 16.


Method 1 - Prime factorization

Step 1: Create a list of all the prime factors of the numbers 3 and 16:

Prime factors of 3

The prime factors of 3 are 3. Prime factorization of 3 in exponential form is:

3 = 31

Prime factors of 16

The prime factors of 16 are 2, 2, 2 and 2. Prime factorization of 16 in exponential form is:

16 = 24


Step 2: Identify the highest power of each prime number from the above boxes:

31, 24


Step 3: Multiply these values together:

31x24=48


Step 4: The result:

As seen on the calculation above, we have now obtained the LCM of 3 and 16.

The Least Common Multiple of 3 and 16 is 48.


Method 2 - List of Multiples

Find and list multiples of each number until the first common multiple is found. This is the lowest common multiple.


Multiples of 3:

3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57

Multiples of 16:

16, 32, 48, 64, 80, 96


Therefore,

LCM(3, 16) = 48