This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the LCMfunction in Microsoft Excel.
Returns the least common multiple of integers. The least common multiple is the smallest positive integer that is a multiple of all integer arguments number1, number2, and so on. Use LCM to add fractions with different denominators.
LCM(number1, [number2], ...)
The LCM function syntax has the following arguments:
Number1, number2,... Number1 is required, subsequent numbers are optional. 1 to 255 values for which you want the least common multiple. If value is not an integer, it is truncated.
If any argument is nonnumeric, LCM returns the #VALUE! error value.
If any argument is less than zero, LCM returns the #NUM! error value.
If LCM(a,b) >=2^53, LCM returns the #NUM! error value.
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