HCF and LCM - General QuestionsHCF and LCM - Important Formulas and Facts Factors and Multiples:If number x divided another number y exactly, we say that x is a factor of y.and y is called a multiple of x.Highest Common Factor (H.C.F.) or Greatest Common Measure (G.C.M.) or Greatest Common Divisor (G.C.D.):The H.C.F. of two or more than two numbers is the greatest number that divides them exactly.Mehods To Find HCFFactorization Method: Step 1) Find the prime factors of each numberStep 2) Find the product of all common prime factors, which is the HCF of given numberse.g. To find the HCF of 14 and 814 = 2 x 78 = 2 x 2 x 2HCF = 2 Division Method: To find the H.C.F. of two given numbersStep 1)Divide the larger by smaller one.Step 2)Divide the divisor by the remainder.Step 3)Repeat the process of dividing the preceding number by the remainder last obtained till zero is obtained as remainder. The last divisor is the required H.C.F.Finding the H.C.F. of more than two numbers: Step 1)H.C.F. of [(H.C.F. of any two) and (the third number)] gives the H.C.F. of three given number.Similarly, we can find the H.C.F. of more than three numbers.Least Common Multiple (L.C.M.):LCM is the least number which is exactly divisible by each one of the given numbers.Methods to find LCMFactorization Method: Step 1)Find prime number factors of each given number. Step 2)Find the product of highest powers of all the prime number factors, which gives the LCM of given numberse.g. To find the LCM of 14 and 814 = 2 x 78 = 2 X 2 x 2 = 2 3LCM = 2 3 x 7 = 56Division Method (short-cut):Step 1)Arrange the given numbers in a rwo in any order. Step 2)Divide by a number which divided exactly at least two of the given numbers and carry forward the numbers which are not divisible. Step 3)Repeat the above process till no two of the numbers are divisible by the same number except 1. LCM = The product of the divisors and the undivided numbersProduct of two numbers = (HCF x L.C.M) of two numbers.Co-primes: Co-primes means, if their H.C.F. is 1.HCF and LCM of Fractions: HCF = (HCF of Numerators) / (LCM of Denominators) LCM = (LCM of Numerators) / (HCF of Denominators)H.C.F. and L.C.M. of Decimal Fractions:In a given numbers, Step 1)Make the same number of decimal places by annexing zeros in some numbers, if necessary. Step 2)Considering these numbers without decimal point, find H.C.F. or L.C.M. Step 3)In the result, mark off as many decimal places as are there in each of the given numbers.Comparison of Fractions:Step 1)Find the L.C.M. of the denominators of the given fractions. Step 2)Convert each of the fractions into an equivalent fraction with L.C.M as the denominator, by multiplying both the numerator and denominator by the same number. The resultant fraction with the greatest numerator is the greatest.