, ,

Rewrite as .

Since both terms are perfect squares, factor using the difference of squares formula, where and .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Since contain both numbers and variables, there are four steps to find the LCM. Find LCM for the numeric, variable, and compound variable parts. Then, multiply them all together.

Steps to find the LCM for are:

1. Find the LCM for the numeric part .

2. Find the LCM for the variable part .

3. Find the LCM for the compound variable part .

4. Multiply each LCM together.

The LCM is the smallest positive number that all of the numbers divide into evenly.

1. List the prime factors of each number.

2. Multiply each factor the greatest number of times it occurs in either number.

The number is not a prime number because it only has one positive factor, which is itself.

Not prime

Since has no factors besides and .

is a prime number

The number is not a prime number because it only has one positive factor, which is itself.

Not prime

The LCM of is the result of multiplying all prime factors the greatest number of times they occur in either number.

The factor for is itself.

occurs time.

The LCM of is the result of multiplying all prime factors the greatest number of times they occur in either term.

The factor for is itself.

occurs time.

The factor for is itself.

occurs time.

The factor for is itself.

occurs time.

The LCM of is the result of multiplying all factors the greatest number of times they occur in either term.

The Least Common Multiple of some numbers is the smallest number that the numbers are factors of.

Find the LCD y^2-9 , 2y+6 , y