# Precalculus Examples

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The LCM is the smallest number that all of the numbers divide into evenly.

1. List the prime factors of each number.

2. Multiply each factor the greatest number of times it occurs in either number.

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The LCM of is the result of multiplying all prime factors the greatest number of times they occur in either number.

Use the power rule to combine exponents.

Add and .

Use the power rule to combine exponents.

Add and .

Raise to the power of .

Multiply by .