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# Can you explain why the greatest common factor of 16 and 42 is less than 16?

Updated: 8/28/2023

Wiki User

12y ago

It can be and is. Since 16 is not a factor of 42, the GCF will have to be a factor of 16 that is less than 16.

Wiki User

11y ago

Wiki User

12y ago

Because 16 is not a factor of 42.

2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 16

2 x 3 x 7 = 42

The only factor in common is 2, the GCF.

Wiki User

8y ago

It can and it is. 16 is not a factor of 42 so the GCF of 16 and 42 must be less than 16.

Wiki User

11y ago

It can be and is.

Wiki User

10y ago

It can be and is.

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