Prime Factorization

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10961

How do prime numbers "factor" into your life? Numbers have unique fingerprints, and you will learn about them by watching a video, playing online games, online practice, and, of course, your computer!


Pre-Algebra, Whole Numbers and Operations

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personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Did you know that, just like you have a unique fingerprint, numbers also have a unique fingerprint?

It is called their prime factorization.

Other than zero (0) and one (1), all numbers have a prime factorization.

Prime factorization is when numbers are broken down into factors of prime numbers.

A prime number is any number that cannot be divided down into smaller numbers.

If you need to review prime numbers, check out our lesson found under Additional Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

Look at this example of prime factorization:

Next, watch this great Math Antics - Prime Factorization video:

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  • What is the definition of prime factorization?

If you said, "The set of prime numbers multiplied together to get another number," you are correct!

If you said, "The action of finding the set of prime numbers multiplied to get a number," you are also correct!

Keep going in the Got It? section!

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