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# What is a factor?

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Tianna Heathcote

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Wow! Now that's a great question! factor is one of two or more numbers that divides a given number without a remainder. I hope that helps!

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Shamim H Verified Sherpa Tutor ✓

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A Factor is a number that divides in to another number leaving no remainder.

For example: Factors of 36

When doing factors try to do them in pairs, for example if you think 2 is a factor say to yourself ''what times 2 to give 36'', it is 18 so you can write 2 and 18 as a factor pair. Try to also start from 1 times table and work your way up so you do not miss any factors out.

So Factors of 36 are:

1, 36

2, 18

3, 12

4, 9

6

Notice you do not write 6 twice.

Square numbers will always have one factor with out a pair.

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