# Calculate the Greatest Common Factor or GCF of 50396

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The instructions to find the GCF of 50396 are the next:

## 1. Decompose all numbers into prime factors

50396 | 2 |

25198 | 2 |

12599 | 43 |

293 | 293 |

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

Prime factors of 50396 | = | 2^{2} . 43 . 293 |

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

Common prime factors: 2 , 43 , 293

Common prime factors with the lowest exponent: 2^{2}, 43^{1}, 293^{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^{2}. 43^{1}. 293^{1} = 50396

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