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# Factor pairs: Definition, Facts with Examples

May 21, 2022

What are factor pairs? The two positive/negative integers that give a number on multiplication are the factor pairs of that number. Suppose you multiply two numbers to obtain a product, then the numbers multiplied are the factors of the product. Also, a number is a factor in itself. We use the multiplication or division method to find factor pairs of a number.

## Properties of Factors

Following are some important properties of factors of any number:

• Every number has 1 as its factor, and every natural number is a factor of itself. So, one into the number is a factor pair of every number.
• The factor of a given number is less than or equal to the number.
• There are a finite number of factors of a given number.

## How to Find Factor Pairs?

Factor pairs can be calculated using both multiplication and division methods.

### Finding Factors using Multiplication

As the multiplication of two numbers gives a product, the two numbers become the factors of the product. Suppose we have to find the factors of a number, say N. We will write the multiplication equations that have two factors such that the resulting product is equal to N. Suppose we have to find the factor pairs of 12.

So, we will write the possible combinations as follow:

1 × 12 =12

2 × 6 = 12

3 ×  4 = 12

Thus, the factor pairs of 12 are:

• (1 × 12)
• (-1 × -12)
• (2 × 6)
• (-2 × -6)
• (3 ×  4)
• (-3 × – 4)

### Finding Factors Using Division

To find factor pairs for a given number N using the division method, follow the below-given steps:

• Figure out numbers that are less than N.
• Now, divide N from those numbers in a way that a resulting quotient is a whole number.
• Every divisor and quotient pair will form a factor pair for the number N.

For example, we have to find the factor pairs of 8. The numbers less than 8 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Let us divide 8 by each of these numbers.

8/1 = 8

8/2 = 4

8/3 = 2 (remainder 2)

8/4 = 2

8/5 = 1 (remainder =3)

8/6 = 1(remainder = 2)

8/7 =  1(remainder =1)

Thus we can see that the factors of 8 are:

• 1 ×  8
• -1 × -8
• 2 × 4 ( which is the same as 4 and 2)
• -2 × -4

### Can pair factors include negative numbers?

It is interesting to note that although factors of a number cannot be negative numbers, their factor pairs can include negative numbers. Why does this happen?

A factor pair is a multiplication of two numbers to give a product. So, when two negative numbers multiply, their product is a positive number (Remember the rule: minus x minus = plus).

So, both the numbers in the factor pair should be either negative or positive to give a positive number as a product.

For example: (-3 and -6) and (-2 and -9) form factor pairs for 18.

### Factor Pair of Prime Numbers

A prime number has only two factors, 1 and the number itself. So, any prime number will have a single factor pair consisting of positive numbers. It can also have a factor pair with negative numbers.

For example, the prime number 17 has (17 × 1) and (-17 × -1) as its factor pairs.

Here is a list of prime factors from 1 to 100. Each has two-factor pairs that include 1 and the number itself when both are positive and also when both are negative.

### What are factor pairs of 24?

We can find the factor pairs of 24 as given below:

1 × 24 = 24

2 × 12 = 24

3 × 8 = 24

4 × 6 = 24

Thus, the factor pairs of 24 are:

• (1 × 24)
• (2 × 12)
• (3 × 8)
• (4 × 6 )
• (-1 × -24)
• (-2 × -12)
• (-3 × -8)
• (-4 × -6 )

### What are factor pairs of 36?

We can find the factor pairs of 36 by multiplication method as given below:

1 × 36 = 36

2 × 18 = 36

3 × 12 = 36

4 × 9 = 36

6 × 6 = 36

When we start getting repeated numbers in multiplication, we should stop writing 36 as the product of other numbers.

Thus, the factor pairs of 36 are:

• (1 × 36)
• (2 × 18)
• (3 × 12)
• (4 × 9 )
• (6 × 6 )
• (-1 × -36)
• (-2 × -18)
• (-3 × -12)
• (-4 × -9 )
• (-6 × -6 )

### What are factor pairs of 48?

To find the factor pairs of 48 by multiplication method, follow the steps given below:

1 × 48 = 48

2 × 24 = 48

3 × 16 = 48

4 × 12 = 48

6 × 8 = 48

Thus, the factor pairs of 48 are:

• (1 × 48)
• (2 × 24)
• (3 × 16)
• (4 × 12 )
• (6 × 8 )
• (-1 × -48)
• (-2 × -24)
• (-3 × -16)
• (-4 × -12 )
• (-6 × -8 )

### What are the factor pairs of 72?

We will use the multiplication method as follows to the factor pairs of 72:

1 × 72 = 72

2 × 36 = 72

3 × 24 = 72

4 × 18 = 72

6 × 12 = 72

8 × 9 = 72

Thus, the factor pairs of 72 are:

• (1 × 72)
• (2 × 36)
• (3 × 24)
• (4 × 18)
• (6 × 12)
• (8 × 9)
• (-1 × -72)
• (-2 × -36)
• (-3 × -24)
• (-4 × -18)
• (-6 × -12)
• (-8 × -9)

What are the Factors of 24?

There are 24 factors: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, and 24. 24

24 can be written as the product of 1 x 24; 2 x 12; 3 x 8; 4 x 6

As a result, the factor pairs of 24 are (1, 24); (2, 12); (3, 8) and (4, 6).

### Factor Pair Chart

The following chart has factor pairs for numbers up to 45, excluding prime numbers.

Note: You must also include negative numbers of each pair when you write all possible factor pairs of any number.

#### Let us Summarize

You must keep in mind the following points related to factor pairs:

• Factor pairs always consist of integers.
• The factors of a number cannot be negative, but a factor pair can consist of two negative numbers.
• Prime numbers have only two-factor pairs. The number and 1 and the negative numbers of the same pair.

### 1. What is the difference between factors and factor pairs?

Ans. A factor is a number that can be multiplied by itself or another number to get the original number. A factor pair is two numbers whose product equals the original number.

### 2. What is the minimum factor pair(s) of a composite whole number?

Ans. The minimum factor pair(s) of a composite whole number are the two numbers that can be multiplied together to get the original number. For example, the minimum factor pair for 15 is 3 and 5. To find these numbers, you need to multiply them together—3 times 5 is 15. This means that 3 and 5 are the minimum factor pairs for 15.

### 3. Which numbers have only one-factor pair?

Ans. The numbers that have only one-factor pair are perfect squares. A number is a perfect square if it is the product of two equal integers. For example, 6 is a perfect square because it can be written as 2 x 3. The factor pairs for these numbers are 1 and itself, as well as 1 and itself.

### 4. Does factor pairs mean one or two numbers?

Ans. Factor pairs mean two numbers. When you see factor pairs, think of them as the two numbers that can be multiplied together to get the number you see in front of the factors. For example, 4 and 6 are factor pairs for 12 because they multiply together to make 12:4 x 6 = 24, which is 12If you see a factor pair, think about what numbers would have to multiply together to equal the first number in front of the factor pair. Then remember those numbers!

### 5. What is an example of a factor pair?

Ans. An example of a factor pair is the relationship between two variables, such as height and weight. The taller you are, the more likely you are to weigh more.

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