# Calculate the Greatest Common Factor or GCF of 1248

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The instructions to find the GCF of 1248 are the next:

## 1. Decompose all numbers into prime factors

1248 | 2 |

624 | 2 |

312 | 2 |

156 | 2 |

78 | 2 |

39 | 3 |

13 | 13 |

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## 2. Write all numbers as the product of its prime factors

Prime factors of 1248 | = | 2^{5} . 3 . 13 |

## 3. Choose the common prime factors with the lowest exponent

Common prime factors: 2 , 3 , 13

Common prime factors with the lowest exponent: 2^{5}, 3^{1}, 13^{1}

## 4. Calculate the Greatest Common Factor or GCF

Remember, to find the GCF of several numbers you must multiply the common prime factors with the lowest exponent.

**GCF** = 2^{5}. 3^{1}. 13^{1} = 1248

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