**How to Factor Out Numbers**

- Determine a common factor. A common factor is 2.
- Divide each term by the common factor and write the results of the division in parentheses, with the factor out in front.
- Determine whether you can factor out any other terms. The terms left in the parentheses are still too large.
- Simplify the answer.

What does it mean to factor a number?

**Math**Term

**Definition**.

**Factor**. To

**factor**a

**number means**to break it up into numbers that can be multiplied together to get the original

**number**. EXAMPLES: 6 = 3 x 2 so,

**factors**of 6 are 3 and 2 9 = 3 x 3 so,

**factors**of 9 are 3 and 3 Sometimes, numbers can be factored into different combinations.