Originally Posted by
Layman Lets say I want to reduce a fraction to it's lowest terms.
For instance
14
42
OK that one is easy, all I have to do is write out al the factors like this;
Factors of 14 = 1,2,7,14
Factors of 42 = 1,2,3,6,7,14
We can see that 14 is the greatest factor common to both thhe numerator and the denominator. I then divide the numerator and the denominator by the highest common factor like this;
14 / 14 = 1
42 / 14 = 3
Which gives me my answer. So that one was straightforward. The problem comes when I am faced with something like;
240
165
Are there any tricks that enable you to quickly find out the greatest common factor of larger numbers?