Q: What are the prime factors of the number 542,159?

 A: 31, 17489

Why are those the prime factors of the number 542,159?

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.

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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:

31, 17489

We can check our work by multiplying all of the prime factors together: 31 x 17,489 = 542,159

This can also be written as 311 x 17,4891 = 542,159

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