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Least Common Denominator Definition

Least Common Denominator Definition In this article we will discuss about the least common denominator. Before going to understand about how to find the least common denominator we will fist pay some attention to the definition of the least common denominator. The Least common denominator in the context of the math is being defined as the common multiple which is lowest, of any no. of the denominators in a set of the fractions or we can present our definition of the least common denominator in another way that Least common denominator is the lowest of the integers which are positive and are representing the multiple of the denominators. The least common denominator is generally represented by LCD. Now we have discussed the definition of the Least Common Denominator in the last paragraph so we will now try to understand something about the term lowest common multiple. But before going to study about the lowest common multiple, first it is essential for us to have some knowledge about the meaning of the term multiple in the context

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of the math. We can define the multiple of any number as any whole number of the times of that number. Let us understand this thing more clearly by taking an example. Let us consider any number, say 5 then the multiples of 5 which we can have are 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, etc. Suppose, if we have to calculate the Least common denominator of any of the two fractions then firstly we have to see those multiples of the denominators of the fractions which are common. The common multiple when considered for two numbers is such a number which is the multiple of both the numbers. The least multiple of all the multiples which are common, of the two no. is called as the least common multiple. This least common multiple of the denominators of the two fractions is referred as the Least common denominator of those two fractions. Now let us consider an example in which we have to calculate the least common multiple of 4 and 6. To answer this example in the easiest form, we will first find some of the multiples of both the numbers and then try to find the common multiple from the two lists which is lowest. Some of the multiples of 4 are- 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, Multiples of 7 are- 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60,

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From the above two lists, we notice that all the numbers 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60 are those multiples of 4 and 6 which are common but out of them the least one is the lowest common multiple which happens to be 12 in this given example. Now let us have a look on another example in which we have to determine the Least common denominator of 4/9 and 7/12. Thus the highest common factor of the two denominators 9 and 12 is 3. Therefore by multiplying 9 and 12 we get 108 and dividing it by 3 we get 36 which is the answer for the Least common denominator.


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