 ## How to find the Least Common Multiple of 36 and 42?

On this page below, we'll use the Prime Factorisation, and the List of Multiples method to find out the LCM of 36 and 42.

Follow the steps below, and let's calculate the LCM of 36 and 42.

### Method 1 - Prime factorization

#### Step 1: Create a list of all the prime factors of the numbers 36 and 42:

##### Prime factors of 36

The prime factors of 36 are 2, 2, 3 and 3. Prime factorization of 36 in exponential form is:

36 = 22x32

##### Prime factors of 42

The prime factors of 42 are 2, 3 and 7. Prime factorization of 42 in exponential form is:

42 = 21x31x71

22, 32, 71

22x32x71=252

#### Step 4: The result:

As seen on the calculation above, we have now obtained the LCM of 36 and 42.

The Least Common Multiple of 36 and 42 is 252.

### 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 36:

36, 72, 108, 144, 180, 216, 252, 288, 324, 360

#### Multiples of 42:

42, 84, 126, 168, 210, 252, 294, 336, 378

#### Therefore,

LCM(36, 42) = 252