Can you determine the greatest common factor of the three numbers in this Pythagorean triple: 240-418-**482**? Hint: it is one of the factors of 482 listed below the puzzle.

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- 482 is a composite number.
- Prime factorization: 482 = 2 x 241
- The exponents in the prime factorization are 1 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 x 2 = 4. Therefore 482 has exactly 4 factors.
- Factors of 482: 1, 2, 241, 482
- Factor pairs: 482 = 1 x 482 or 2 x 241
- 482 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √482 ≈ 21.954498

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Is the answer 2?

2 is the GCF of the above numbers.

Yes! Sometimes the greatest common factor of a string of numbers is 2. Thanks for participating!