# Calculate the Greatest Common Factor or GCF of 1256

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The instructions to find the GCF of 1256 are the next:

## 1. Decompose all numbers into prime factors

1256 | 2 |

628 | 2 |

314 | 2 |

157 | 157 |

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

Prime factors of 1256 | = | 2^{3} . 157 |

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

Common prime factors: 2 , 157

Common prime factors with the lowest exponent: 2^{3}, 157^{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^{3}. 157^{1} = 1256

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