Alissa Fong

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Prime Factorization - Problem 1

Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

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We can write the prime factorization of a given value by creating a factor tree. First, think of any two values that multiply to the given number. From there, break each factor down into further and further products until the bottom "leaves" are prime numbers, like 2, 3, 5, 7, etc. The prime factorization of the original number is the product of the prime "leaves." You will get the same answer no matter which factor pair you begin with.

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