L.C.M. (Least Common Multiple)L.C.M. of two or more numbers is the smallest number which is exactly divisible by each of the numbers.Methods to find L.C.M.: 1) Factorization method: Express each of the numbers as the product of prime numbers. L.C.M. is the product of highest powers of the prime numbers.Example: L.C.M. of 2x^{2}y^{3}z^{7} and 3xy^{4}z^{3} is 6x^{2}y^{4}z^{7} where x,y,z are the prime factors. H.C.F. (Highest Common Factor) or G.C.D. (Greatest Common Divisor)H.C.F. of two or more numbers is the greatest number which is present in each of the numbers.Methods to find H.C.F.: 1) Factorization method to find H.C.F.: Express each of the numbers as the product of prime numbers. H.C.F. is the product of least powers of the common prime numbers.Example: H.C.F. of 2x^{2}y^{3}z^{7} and 3xy^{4}z^{3} is xy^{3}z^{3} where x,y,z are the prime factors. Finding H.C.F. of more than two numbers:Suppose there are three numbers a, b, cFind the H.C.F. of a, b. Suppose H.C.F.(a, b) = h_{1} Now find H.C.F. of (h_{1}, c). Suppose H.C.F.(h_{1}, c) = h_{2} So, we can say that the H.C.F.(a, b, c) = h_{2} Finding L.C.M. and H.C.F. of fractions:L.C.M. of fractionsH.C.F. of fractions NOTE: 1) All the fractions of 2 or more must be in their lowest terms. If they are not in their lowest terms, then conversion in the lowest form is required before finding the HCF or LCM. 2) The required HCF of 2 or more fractions is the highest fraction which exactly divides each of the fractions. H.C.F of coprime numbers is 1. 3) The required LCM of 2 or more fractions is the least fraction/integer which is exactly divisible by each of them. 4) The HCF of numbers of fractions is always a fraction but this is not true in case of LCM. H.C.F. × L.C.M. = Product of numbers. (This formula is applicable only for 2 numbers.) Read More: LCM and HCF important tips and tricks |