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Algebraic HCF

Exercises providing practice finding the highest common factor of algebraic expressions.

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This is level 1: Find the highest common factor (HCF) of the expressions below:

1

\[4x \text{ and } 12\]

2

\[15 \text{ and } 6y\]

3

\[30z \text{ and } 15z\]

4

\[14a \text{ and } 56a\]

5

\[b^2 \text{ and } b\]

6

\[c \text{ and } 3c^2\]

7

\[2d \text{ and } 8d^3\]

8

\[20e^2 \text{ and } 15e\]

9

\[21f^3 \text{ and } 28f^2\]

10

\[21p \text{ and } 15p^4\]

11

\[22q^2 \text{ and } -55q^2\]

12

\[13r^7 \text{ and } -19r^4\]

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This is Algebraic HCF level 1. You can also try:
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Description of Levels

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Numeric HCF - Begin with the basics; practise finding the HCF of pairs of numbers

Level 1 - Expressions such as: 3c² and 9c

Level 2 - Expressions such as: 4x²y and 8xy³

Level 3 - Expressions with 3 variables and 3 terms

Level 4 - Exercise from an old textbook

Level 5 - More advanced exercise from an old textbook

Algebraic LCM - A very similar exercise that can be used to practise finding the LCM of pairs of expressions

More on Factors including lesson Starters, visual aids, investigations and self-marking exercises.

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Before beginning this Algebraic HCF exercise you should have mastered
the numeric HCF Exercise.

 

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