What is Factoring?
Factoring in math is the process of finding all number sets for which the products (result when pair is multiplied) are equal to the number you are factoring. These number sets are typically referred to as the factors or divisors of a given number.
For example, if the number you are trying to find the divisors for is 24, the qualifying number sets would be as follows:
(2,12) since 2 x 12 = 24
(3,8) since 3 x 8 = 24
(4,6) since 4 x 6 = 24
Next, if we combine the above divisors into a single list, and order the list from smallest to largest, your factors for the number 24 would look like this:
What is Factoring Used For?
Factoring in math is often most often used for finding the greatest common factor (GCF) for two or more numbers, as well as for prime factorization and for simplifying fractions, expressions, and equations. I cover each of these factoring concepts on their corresponding calculators.