Xander Torres

2023-02-25

How can GCF be used in real life?

Talon Mcfarland

Beginner2023-02-26Added 9 answers

We use greatest common factors all the time with fractions, and as fractions are used a lot in everyday life, this makes GCF very useful!

By finding the GCF of the denominator and numerator, you can then successfully simplify a fraction or ratio.

E.g. We can simplify $\frac{30}{45}$ by knowing that its HCF is $15$.

Then we divide both parts by the HCF to simplify.

$\frac{\frac{30}{15}}{\frac{45}{15}}=\frac{2}{3}$

It also works for ratios, where you can simplify each side using HCF to find out a $1:X$ ratio. This can be useful if you are using a ratio for a recipe or order as you can use one piece of information to find out the right ratio for any combination.

So, to put this into a situation, say you know that for every 5 people at a party, you need 15 sandwiches. The HCF of these two numbers is 5, so for each person you need:

$\left(\frac{5}{5}\right):\left(\frac{15}{5}\right)=1:3$

3 sandwiches.

Now, if 16 people come to your party, you know you have to make $16\times 3=48$ sandwiches.

A final example is with recipes.

Math can be very helpful in this situation!

Here is a recipe for 10 cupcakes along with the serving size ratios for each:

100g flour = 10 people:100g = 1:10

80g sugar = 10 people:80g = 1:8

50g butter = 10 people:50g = 1:5

2 eggs = 10 people:2 eggs = 1:0.2 eggs

So, if we want to give cakes to all our friends, and need 25 cupcakes (what a popular mathematician!) then you can just multiply out this ratio.

Flour = 1:10 = 25:250

80g sugar = 1:8 = 1:200

50g butter = 1:5 = 25:125

2 eggs = 1:0.2 eggs = 25:5

By finding the GCF of the denominator and numerator, you can then successfully simplify a fraction or ratio.

E.g. We can simplify $\frac{30}{45}$ by knowing that its HCF is $15$.

Then we divide both parts by the HCF to simplify.

$\frac{\frac{30}{15}}{\frac{45}{15}}=\frac{2}{3}$

It also works for ratios, where you can simplify each side using HCF to find out a $1:X$ ratio. This can be useful if you are using a ratio for a recipe or order as you can use one piece of information to find out the right ratio for any combination.

So, to put this into a situation, say you know that for every 5 people at a party, you need 15 sandwiches. The HCF of these two numbers is 5, so for each person you need:

$\left(\frac{5}{5}\right):\left(\frac{15}{5}\right)=1:3$

3 sandwiches.

Now, if 16 people come to your party, you know you have to make $16\times 3=48$ sandwiches.

A final example is with recipes.

Math can be very helpful in this situation!

Here is a recipe for 10 cupcakes along with the serving size ratios for each:

100g flour = 10 people:100g = 1:10

80g sugar = 10 people:80g = 1:8

50g butter = 10 people:50g = 1:5

2 eggs = 10 people:2 eggs = 1:0.2 eggs

So, if we want to give cakes to all our friends, and need 25 cupcakes (what a popular mathematician!) then you can just multiply out this ratio.

Flour = 1:10 = 25:250

80g sugar = 1:8 = 1:200

50g butter = 1:5 = 25:125

2 eggs = 1:0.2 eggs = 25:5