# Q: What are the factor combinations of the number 789?

A:
Positive:   1 x 7893 x 263
Negative: -1 x -789-3 x -263

## How do I find the factor combinations of the number 789?

Unfortunately, there's not simple formula to identifying all of the factors of a number and it can be a tedious process when trying to identify the divisors of larger numbers. To find the factor combinations of the number 789, it is easier to work with a table - it's called factoring from the outside in.

### Outside in Factoring

We start by creating a table and writing 1 on the left side and then the number we're trying to find the factors for on the right side in a table. Then, below that, write the numbers as a negative as well.

 1 789 -1 -789

#### Why are the negative numbers included?

When you multiply two negative numbers together, you get a positive number. That means both the positive and negative numbers are factors of 789.

Example:
1 x 789 = 789
and
-1 x -789 = 789

With that explanation out of the way, let's continue. Next, we take the number 789 and divide it by 2:

789 ÷ 2 = 394.5

If the quotient is a whole number, then 2 and 394.5 are factors. In this case, the quotient is not a whole number. Don't write anything down and try the next divisor.

Here is what our table should look like at this step:

 1 789 -1 -789

Now, we try dividing 789 by 3:

789 ÷ 3 = 263

If the quotient is a whole number, then 3 and 263 are factors. In this case, the quotient is a whole number. Write them in the table inside the other two factors like the below example. Don't forget to write the negative numbers too!

Here is what our table should look like at this step:

 1 3 263 789 -1 -3 -263 -789

Let's try dividing by 4:

789 ÷ 4 = 197.25

If the quotient is a whole number, then 4 and 197.25 are factors. In this case, the quotient is not a whole number. Don't write anything down and try the next divisor.

Here is what our table should look like at this step:

 1 3 263 789 -1 -3 -263 789
Keep dividing by the next highest number until you cannot divide anymore.

If you did it right, you will end up with this table:

 1 3 263 789 -1 -3 -263 -789

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