# Calculate the Greatest Common Factor or GCF of 500

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The instructions to find the GCF of 500 are the next:

## 1. Decompose all numbers into prime factors

500 | 2 |

250 | 2 |

125 | 5 |

25 | 5 |

5 | 5 |

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

Prime factors of 500 | = | 2^{2} . 5^{3} |

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

Common prime factors: 2 , 5

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

## 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^{2}. 5^{3} = 500

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