LCM of 16 and 40 is equal to 80. The comprehensive work provides more insight of how to find what is the lcm of 16 and 40 by using prime factors and special division methods, and the example use case of mathematics and real world problems.

__what is the lcm of 16 and 40?__

lcm (16 40) = (?)

16 => **2 x 2 x 2 x 2**

40 => **2 x 2 x 2 x 5**

= 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 5

= 80

lcm (16 and 40) = 80

**80 is the lcm of 16 and 40.**

__where,__

16 is a positive integer,

40 is a positive integer,

80 is the lcm of 16 and 40,

{2 x 2 x 2} in {2 x 2 x 2 x 2, 2 x 2 x 2 x 5} are the common factors of 16 and 40,

{2 x 5} in {2 x 2 x 2 x 2, 2 x 2 x 2 x 5} are the uncommon factors of 16 and 40.

__Use in Mathematics: LCM of 16 and 40__

The below are some of the mathematical applications where lcm of 16 and 40 can be used:

- to find the least number which is exactly divisible by 16 and 40.
- to find the common denominator for two fractions having 16 and 40 as denominators in the unlike fractions addition or subtraction.

In the context of lcm real world problems, the lcm of 16 and 40 helps to find the exact time when two similar and recurring events with different time schedule happens together at the same time. For example, the real world problems involve lcm in situations to find at what time the bells A and B all toll together, if bell A tolls at 16 seconds and bell B tolls at 40 seconds repeatedly. The answer is that all bells A and B toll together at 80 seconds for the first time, at 160 seconds for the second time, at 240 seconds for the third time and so on.

The below are the important notes to be remembered while solving the lcm of 16 and 40:

- The common prime factors and the remaining prime factors of 16 and 40 should be multiplied to find the least common multiple of 16 and 40, when solving lcm by using prime factors method.
- The results of lcm of 16 and 40, and the lcm of 40 and 16 are identical, it means the order of given numbers in the lcm calculation doesn't affect the results.

The below solved example with step by step work shows how to find what is the lcm of 16 and 40 by using prime factors method and division method.

__Solved example using prime factors method:__

What is the LCM of 16 and 40?

step 1
Address the input parameters, values and observe what to be found:

__Input parameters and values:__

A = 16

B = 40

__What to be found:__

find the lcm of 16 and 40

step 2 Find the prime factors of 16 and 40:

Prime factors of 16 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2

Prime factors of 40 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 5

step 3 Identify the repeated and non-repeated prime factors of 16 and 40:

{2, 2, 2} are the most repeated factors and {2 x 5} are the non-repeated factors of 16 and 40.

step 4 Find the product of repeated and non-repeated prime factors of 16 and 40:

= 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 5

= 80

lcm(16 and 40) = 80

Hence,

lcm of 16 and 40 is 80

This special division method is the easiest way to understand the entire calculation of what is the lcm of 16 and 40.

step 1 Address the input parameters, values and observe what to be found:

Integers: 16 and 40

lcm (16, 40) = ?

step 2 Arrange the given integers in the horizontal form with space or comma separated format:

16 and 40

step 3 Choose the divisor which divides each or most of the given integers (16 and 40), divide each integers separately and write down the quotient in the next line right under the respective integers. Bring down the integer to the next line if any integer in 16 and 40 is not divisible by the selected divisor; repeat the same process until all the integers are brought to 1 as like below:

2 | 16 | 40 |

2 | 8 | 20 |

2 | 4 | 10 |

2 | 2 | 5 |

5 | 1 | 5 |

1 | 1 |

step 4 Multiply the divisors to find the lcm of 16 and 40:

= 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 5

= 80

LCM(16, 40) = 80

The least common multiple for two numbers 16 and 40 is 80