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# In mathematical terms, what does "factor" mean?

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**A factor is a number or expression that divides another number or expression evenly without a remainder.** For instance, two, four, five and 10 are factors of 20 because 20 can be divided by all those smaller numbers an exact number of times. Prime numbers are positive integers greater than one that have exactly two factors. A composite number has more than two factors.

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Another way to define a factor is to multiply two or more numbers together to produce a larger number. All of those smaller numbers are factors of the product. A factor is also a divisor of a product, meaning the larger number is divided by the smaller an exact number of times.

Prime numbers have two factors, the prime number itself and one. Two is a prime number because two and one are the only numbers that multiply together to make two. Seven is a prime number because one and seven are the only numbers that produce seven as a multiple.

Factoring large whole numbers has a practical use in computer cryptography. Internet transactions are encrypted on the user and merchant end by large prime-number keys that complete the transactions. Without factoring of prime numbers, encryption codes over the Internet would not exist.

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## What is a mathematical verbal expression?

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Full Answer >**A mathematical verbal expression is a translation into words of an algebraic expression that can consist of different operations, numbers and variables.**An example of this is translating the mathematical equation or phrase "90 - 4(a + 8)" to the verbal expression "90 decreased by 4 times the sum of a number "a" and 8."Filed Under: -
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## What is a mathematical sentence?

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Full Answer >**A mathematical sentence combines two expressions with a comparison operator to create a fact that may be either true or false.**Possible comparison operators are "equal," "not equal," "greater than," "less than," "greater than or equal to" and "less than or equal to." Mathematical expressions containing the "equal" sign are considered equations; those containing the "inequality" symbol are considered inequalities.Filed Under: -
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## How do you factor polynomials?

A:Factoring a four-term polynomial can be complicated. It uses the same procedure for factoring a three-term polynomial but requires a few more steps.

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## What are the factors of 24?

A:In mathematics, a factor is a number or algebraic expression that divides another number or expression evenly. Therefore, the factors of 24 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 24. This is the factorization of 24, and is one of two ways to list its factors. The other method is prime factorization, and in this case, the prime factors of 24 are 2, 2, 2 and 3.

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