Q: What are the prime factors of the number 123,456,789?

 A: 3, 3607, 3803

Why are those the prime factors of the number 123,456,789?

Prime factors are the prime numbers that can be multipled together to equal the original number. You find the factors by dividing by prime numbers. It is best shown by creating a Factor Tree.

Factor Tree for the number 123,456,789

123,456,789
Factor Arrows
341,152,263
Factor Arrows
313,717,421
Factor Arrows
3,6073,803

The numbers in bold above are the prime factors. If there are multiples, you only count them one time. This leads us to our prime factors of:

3, 3607, 3803

We can check our work by multiplying all of the prime factors together: 3 x 3 x 3,607 x 3,803 = 123,456,789

This can also be written as 32 x 3,6071 x 3,8031 = 123,456,789

If you would like to know more, or need additional explanation, please review our prime factorization explanation.

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