# Greatest Common Factor of 6 and 12

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Greatest common factor (GCF) of 6 and 12 is 6.

GCF(6,12) = 6

## GCF of 6 and 12

Greatest common factor or Greatest common divisor (GCD) can be calculated in following way;

GCF of:
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### Greatest Common Factor of 6 and 12 by Prime factorization method

Prime Factorization of 6

 2 6 3 3 1

Prime factors of 6 are 2,3. Prime factorization of 6 in exponential form is:

6 = 21×31

Prime Factorization of 12

 2 12 2 6 3 3 1

Prime factors of 12 are 2,3. Prime factorization of 12 in exponential form is:

12 = 22×31

∴ So by taking common prime factors GCF of 6 and 12 is 6

### Greatest Common Factor of 6 and 12 by matching factors method

Factors of 6

List of positive integer factors of 6 that divides 6 without a remainder.

1,2,3,6

Factors of 12

List of positive integer factors of 12 that divides 12 without a remainder.

1,2,3,4,6,12

Greatest Common Factor

We found the factors and prime factorization of 6 and 12. The biggest common factor number is the GCF number.
So the greatest common factor 6 and 12 is 6.

Also check out the Least Common Multiple of 6 and 12

### Properties of GCF 6 and 12

(i) The GCF of 6 and 12 is associative

GCF of 6 and 12 = GCF of 12 and 6

### Frequently Asked Questions on GCF of 6 and 12

1. What is the GCF of 6 and 12?

Answer: GCF of 6 and 12 is 6.

2. What are the Factors of 6?

Answer: Factors of 6 are 1, 2, 3, 6. There are 4 integers that are factors of 6. The greatest factor of 6 is 6.

3. What are the Factors of 12?

Answer: Factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12. There are 6 integers that are factors of 12. The greatest factor of 12 is 12.

4. How to Find the GCF of 6 and 12?

Greatest Common Factor of 6 and 12 = 6

Step 1: Find the prime factorization of 6

6 = 2 x 3

Step 2: Find the prime factorization of 12

12 = 2 x 2 x 3

Step 3: Multiply those factors both numbers have in common in steps i) or ii) above to find the gcf:

GCF = 2 x 3 = 6

Step 4: Therefore, the greatest common factor of 6 and 12 is 6