# Calculate the Greatest Common Factor or GCF of 1296

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The instructions to find the GCF of 1296 are the next:

## 1. Decompose all numbers into prime factors

1296 | 2 |

648 | 2 |

324 | 2 |

162 | 2 |

81 | 3 |

27 | 3 |

9 | 3 |

3 | 3 |

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

Prime factors of 1296 | = | 2^{4} . 3^{4} |

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

Common prime factors: 2 , 3

Common prime factors with the lowest exponent: 2^{4}, 3^{4}

## 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^{4}. 3^{4} = 1296

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