Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321825535
ISBN 13: 978-0-32182-553-7

Chapter 2 - Multiplying and Dividing Fractions - 2.3 Factors - 2.3 Exercises - Page 130: 36



Work Step by Step

In order to find the prime factorization of 56, we can try to divide 56 by the first prime, 2. $56\div2=28$ Try to divide 28 by 2. $28\div2=14$ Try to divide 14 by 2. $14\div2=7$ 7 itself is a prime number, so we cannot simplify any more. The prime factorization of 56 is $2\times2\times2\times7=2^{3}\times7$.
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