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OK, that is a really big word!

Don't worry -- we're just going to be listing out the factors of stuff.

Remember when you do a multiplication problem...


2 x 3 = 6  ...  the 2 and the 3 are called factors.  The 6 is the product.
 

So, to find all the factors of 6, we just want to list out all of the ways we can get 6 using whole numbers and multiplying!
 

1 x 6 = 6

2 x 3 = 6
 

So, the factors of 6 are

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Can you think of all the ways we can get 12?

1 x 12 = 12  ...  2 x 6 = 12  ...  3 x 4 = 12

Notice that I'm just working through all the numbers that I know go into 12.  When I hit 3 x 4, it would be silly to go on because the next guy would be 4 x 3, and that's just a rerun!


So, the factors of 12 are

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12