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Follow the steps below to use the factor calculator:

**Step 1:** Enter a number into the input box and the prime factorization of the number will be displayed.

**Step 2: **Click on the ‘Solve’ button to obtain the result.

**Step 3: **Click on the ‘Show Steps’ button to view the stepwise solution applied to find the factored form of the number.

**Step 4: **Click on the button to enter new inputs and start again.

**Step 5: **Click on the ‘Example’ button to play with different random input values.

**Step 6: **Click on the ‘Explore’ button to visualize the factoring of a number.

**Step 7**: When on the ‘Explore’ page, click the ‘Calculate’ button, if you want to go back to the calculator.

The factors of a number are natural numbers that divide the given number completely. In other words, when a number is divided by its factors the remainder is 0.

Let’s take a look at a few representations of factoring a number:

**Prime Factorization**

The factors of a number that are prime numbers are called the prime factors of that number. The method of expressing a number as a product of its prime factors is called prime factorization.

**Factor Tree**

A factor tree is a method of expressing the factors of a number similar to the branches of a tree. A factor tree helps us visualize the prime factorization of a number. In this method we continuously divide the number by its prime factors. With each step of the division operation, a branch is added to the factor tree. The division is continued till we get the quotient as 1.

**Factor Pairs**

The factor pair of a number is a set of two factors of the number that when multiplied together results in the number itself.

**Example 1: Using a factor tree, demonstrate the prime factorization of 120.**

**Solution:**

Therefore, the prime factorization of 120 is 2 \(\times\) 2 \(\times\) 2 \(\times\) 3 \(\times\) 5

**Example 2: Derive the factor pairs of 40, and list the factors of 40.**

**Solution:**

Multiplication Equation | Factor pairs |

1 \(\times\) 40 = 40 | (1, 40) |

2 \(\times\) 20 = 40 | (2, 20) |

4 \(\times\) 10 = 40 | (4, 10) |

5 \(\times\) 8 = 40 | (5, 8) |

8 \(\times\) 5 = 40 | (8, 5) |

10 \(\times\) 4 = 40 | (10, 4) |

20 \(\times\) 2 = 40 | (20, 2) |

40 \(\times\) 1 = 40 | (40, 1) |

Therefore the factors of 40 are: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 20 and 40.

**Example 3: Check if 11 is a factor of 89.**

**Solution: **

The rule is that, a number divided by its factor, results in a remainder of 0.

Hence, \(\frac{89}{11}=8 R1\)

89 divided by 11, results in a quotient of 8 and a remainder of 1.

Since the remainder is not 0, 11 is not a factor of 89.

Frequently Asked Questions

When two natural numbers are multiplied to result in a number, then the two numbers being multiplied are termed as the factors of the product.

A composite number is a number that has factors other than 1 and itself. Hence, a composite number has more than two factors.

Prime numbers are those numbers which have only 2 factors, 1 and the number itself.

When any number is divided by 1, we get the remainder as 0 and the quotient as the number itself. Hence, 1 is a factor of all numbers.