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Least Common Multiple of Algebraic Expressions

# Least Common Multiple of Algebraic Expressions

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Finding the LCM (Lease Common Multiple) for algebraic expressions (polynomials). The technique is based on one of the techniques I use for find the LCM of numbers. See my other notes on LCM.
Finding the LCM (Lease Common Multiple) for algebraic expressions (polynomials). The technique is based on one of the techniques I use for find the LCM of numbers. See my other notes on LCM.

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# Least Common Multiple (LCM) with Polynomials

Example 1: Find the LCM of x
3
+ 5x
2
+ 6x and 2x
3
+ 4x
2
Factor each expression (See Factoring Section):
x
3
+ 5x
2
+ 6x →x(x + 2)(x + 3)
2x
3
+ 4x
2
→2x
2
(x + 2)
x ( x +2) ( x +3) 2x ( x + 2)
2
x + 2
x( x + 3) 2 x
2
x
x + 3
2 x
∴ LCM(x
3
+ 5x
2
+ 6x, 2x
3
+ 4x
2
) = x(x + 2)(x + 3)(2x)
Example 2: Find the LCM of x
2
−3x + 2, x
2
−5x + 6, and x
2
−7x + 12
Factor each expression (See Factoring Section):
x
2
−3x + 2 →(x −2)(x −1)
x
2
−5x + 6 →(x −3)(x −2)
x
2
−7x + 12 →(x −3)(x −4)
( x- 2) ( x- 1) ( x- 3) ( x- 2) ( x- 3) ( x- 4) x - 2
x - 1 x - 3 ( x- 3) ( x- 4)
x - 1 1 x - 4
x - 3
∴ LCM(x
2
−3x + 2, x
2
−5x + 6, x
2
−7x + 12) = (x −2)(x −3)(x −1)(x −4)
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