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From: Bev Yager

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2002112308:34:22
Subject: understanding abbreviations

I like this method of finding GCF and LCM.  However, I don't see the
need of using the divisor of 1.  My students are not allowed to use 1
in the prime factorization of a number because it is not prime.  Also
dividing by 1 is not going to change the answer so why do it?

Another memory technique I see with this method is this:  When
multiplying the factors down then across the bottom you are forming
the letter "L".  Therefore that is the Least Common Multiple.


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