Least Common Multiple  of 42 and 48 is 336

How to find the Least Common Multiple of 42 and 48?

On this page below, we'll use the Prime Factorisation, and the List of Multiples method to find out the LCM of 42 and 48.

Follow the steps below, and let's calculate the LCM of 42 and 48.


Method 1 - Prime factorization

Step 1: Create a list of all the prime factors of the numbers 42 and 48:

Prime factors of 42

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

42 = 21x31x71

Prime factors of 48

The prime factors of 48 are 2, 2, 2, 2 and 3. Prime factorization of 48 in exponential form is:

48 = 24x31


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

24, 31, 71


Step 3: Multiply these values together:

24x31x71=336


Step 4: The result:

As seen on the calculation above, we have now obtained the LCM of 42 and 48.

The Least Common Multiple of 42 and 48 is 336.


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 42:

42, 84, 126, 168, 210, 252, 294, 336, 378, 420, 462

Multiples of 48:

48, 96, 144, 192, 240, 288, 336, 384, 432, 480


Therefore,

LCM(42, 48) = 336