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Smallest number divisible by first n numbers

  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 26 Mar, 2021

Given a number n find the smallest number evenly divisible by each number 1 to n.
Examples: 
 

Input : n = 4
Output : 12
Explanation : 12 is the smallest numbers divisible
              by all numbers from 1 to 4

Input : n = 10
Output : 2520

Input :  n = 20
Output : 232792560

 

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If you observe carefully the ans must be the LCM of the numbers 1 to n
To find LCM of numbers from 1 to n – 
 

  1. Initialize ans = 1. 
     
  2. Iterate over all the numbers from i = 1 to i = n. 
    At the i’th iteration ans = LCM(1, 2, …….., i). This can be done easily as LCM(1, 2, …., i) = LCM(ans, i)
    Thus at i’th iteration we just have to do – 
     
ans = LCM(ans, i) 
         = ans * i / gcd(ans, i) [Using the below property,
                                 a*b = gcd(a,b) * lcm(a,b)]
  1.  

Note : In C++ code, the answer quickly exceeds the integer limit, even the long long limit.
Below is the implementation of the logic. 
 

C++




// C++ program to find smallest number evenly divisible by
// all numbers 1 to n
#include<bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
 
// Function returns the lcm of first n numbers
long long lcm(long long n)
{
    long long ans = 1;   
    for (long long i = 1; i <= n; i++)
        ans = (ans * i)/(__gcd(ans, i));
    return ans;
}
 
// Driver program to test the above function
int main()
{
    long long n = 20;
    cout << lcm(n);
    return 0;
}

Java




// Java program to find the smallest number evenly divisible by
// all numbers 1 to n
 
 class GFG{
 
static long gcd(long a, long b)
{
   if(a%b != 0)
      return gcd(b,a%b);
   else
      return b;
}
 
// Function returns the lcm of first n numbers
static long lcm(long n)
{
    long ans = 1;   
    for (long i = 1; i <= n; i++)
        ans = (ans * i)/(gcd(ans, i));
    return ans;
}
  
// Driver program to test the above function
public static void main(String []args)
{
    long n = 20;
    System.out.println(lcm(n));
 
}
}

C#




// C#  program to find smallest number
// evenly divisible by
// all numbers 1 to n
using System;
 
public class GFG{
    static long gcd(long a, long b)
{
if(a%b != 0)
    return gcd(b,a%b);
else
    return b;
}
 
// Function returns the lcm of first n numbers
static long lcm(long n)
{
    long ans = 1;    
    for (long i = 1; i <= n; i++)
        ans = (ans * i)/(gcd(ans, i));
    return ans;
}
 
// Driver program to test the above function
    static public void Main (){
        long n = 20;
        Console.WriteLine(lcm(n));
    }
//This code is contributed by akt_mit   
}

Python3




# Python program to find the smallest number evenly 
# divisible by all number 1 to n
import math
   
# Returns the lcm of first n numbers
def lcm(n):
    ans = 1
    for i in range(1, n + 1):
        ans = int((ans * i)/math.gcd(ans, i))        
    return ans
   
# main
n = 20
print (lcm(n))

PHP




<?php
// Note: This code is not working on GFG-IDE
// because gmp libraries are not supported
 
// PHP program to find smallest number
// evenly divisible by all numbers 1 to n
 
// Function returns the lcm
// of first n numbers
function lcm($n)
{
    $ans = 1;
    for ($i = 1; $i <= $n; $i++)
        $ans = ($ans * $i) / (gmp_gcd(strval(ans),
                                      strval(i)));
    return $ans;
}
 
// Driver Code
$n = 20;
echo lcm($n);
 
// This code is contributed by mits
?>

Javascript




<script>
 
// Javascript program to find the smallest number evenly divisible by
// all numbers 1 to n
 
function gcd(a, b)
{
   if(a%b != 0)
      return gcd(b,a%b);
   else
      return b;
}
   
// Function returns the lcm of first n numbers
function lcm(n)
{
    let ans = 1;   
    for (let i = 1; i <= n; i++)
        ans = (ans * i)/(gcd(ans, i));
    return ans;
}
       
// function call
     
    let n = 20;
    document.write(lcm(n));
     
</script>

Output : 

232792560

The above solution works fine for a single input. But if we have multiple inputs, it is a good idea to use Sieve of Eratosthenes to store all prime factors. Please refer below article for Sieve based approach. 
LCM of First n Natural Numbers
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