LCM of 40, 60 and 80 is equal to 240. The comprehensive work provides more insight of how to find what is the lcm of 40, 60 and 80 by using prime factors and special division methods, and the example use case of mathematics and real world problems.

__what is the lcm of 40, 60 and 80?__

lcm (40 60 80) = (?)

40 => 2 x 2 x 2 x 5

60 => 2 x 2 x 3 x 5

80 => 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 5

= 2 x 2 x 2 x 5 x 3 x 2

= 240

lcm (40, 60 and 80) = 240

240 is the lcm of 40, 60 and 80.

__where,__

40 is a positive integer,

60 is a positive integer,

240 is the lcm of 40, 60 and 80,

{2, 2, 2, 5} in {2 x 2 x 2 x 5, 2 x 2 x 3 x 5, 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 5} are the most repeated factors of 40, 60 and 80,

{3, 2} in {2 x 2 x 2 x 5, 2 x 2 x 3 x 5, 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 5} are the the other remaining factors of 40, 60 and 80.

__Use in Mathematics: LCM of 40, 60 and 80__

The below are some of the mathematical applications where lcm of 40, 60 and 80 can be used:

- to find the least number which is exactly divisible by 40, 60 and 80.
- to find the common denominators for the fractions having 40, 60 and 80 as denominators in the unlike fractions addition or subtraction.

In the context of lcm real world problems, the lcm of 40, 60 and 80 helps to find the exact time when three similar and recurring 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 all the bells A, B and C toll together, if bell A tolls at 40 seconds, B tolls at 60 seconds and C tolls at 80 seconds repeatedly. The answer is that all bells A, B and C toll together at 240 seconds for the first time, at 480 seconds for the second time, at 720 seconds for the third time and so on.

The below are the important notes to be remembered while solving the lcm of 40, 60 and 80:

- The repeated and non-repeated prime factors of 40, 60 and 80 should be multiplied to find the least common multiple of 40, 60 and 80, when solving lcm by using prime factors method.
- The results of lcm of 40, 60 and 80 is identical even if we change the order of given numbers in the lcm calculation, 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 40, 60 and 80 by using either prime factors method and special division method.

__Solved example using prime factors method:__

What is the LCM of 40, 60 and 80?

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

__Input parameters and values:__

A = 40

B = 60

C = 80

__What to be found:__

find the lcm of 40, 60 and 80

step 2 Find the prime factors of 40, 60 and 80:

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

Prime factors of 60 = 2 x 2 x 3 x 5

Prime factors of 80 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 5

step 3 Identify the repeated and non-repeated prime factors of 40, 60 and 80:

{2, 2, 2, 5} are the most repeated factors and {3, 2} are the non-repeated factors of 40, 60 and 80.

step 4 Find the product of repeated and non-repeated prime factors of 40, 60 and 80:

= 2 x 2 x 2 x 5 x 3 x 2

= 240

lcm(20 and 30) = 240

Hence,

lcm of 40, 60 and 80 is 240

This special division method is the easiest way to understand the entire calculation of what is the lcm of 40, 60 and 80.

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

Integers: 40, 60 and 80

lcm (40, 60, 80) = ?

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

40, 60 and 80

step 3 Choose the divisor which divides each or most of the given integers (40, 60 and 80), 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 40, 60 and 80 is not divisible by the selected divisor; repeat the same process until all the integers are brought to 1 as like below:

2 | 40 | 60 | 80 |

2 | 20 | 30 | 40 |

2 | 10 | 15 | 20 |

2 | 5 | 15 | 10 |

3 | 5 | 15 | 5 |

5 | 5 | 5 | 5 |

1 | 1 | 1 |

step 4 Multiply the divisors to find the lcm of 40, 60 and 80:

= 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 5

= 240

LCM(40, 60, 80) = 240

The least common multiple for three numbers 40, 60 and 80 is 240