Prime factorization means finding all the prime numbers that are factors
of a number. A composite number can be written as a product of
all of its prime factors.
A factor tree shows the prime factors of a composite number in a "tree-like"
form. Drawing factor trees is a good way of doing prime factorization.
You can make different factor trees to find the same prime factorization.
Look at the two examples below.
give the same prime factorization.
Other Examples of Factor Trees
2 x 3 x 5 as the prime factorization of 30. Note: You could get the
same result with a different tree!
2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 as the prime factorization of 32.
Prime Factorization Worksheets