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# How do you find the LCM of variable expressions?

Updated: 4/28/2022

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11y ago

Use the LCM for their coefficients.

Use each vriable with the LARGEST exponent in each term.

Ex: Find the LCM of 15 x2y5 and 20 x3y4

LCM of 15 and 20 is 60, LCM of x2 and 20 x3 is x3 , LCM of y5 and y4 is y5

So the LCM is 60 x3y5

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