Prime numbers are important in mathematics because they function as indivisible units and serve as the foundation of several mathematical disciplines. Because a prime number is a natural number greater than 1 that can on... More »

A prime number in math is an integer greater than 1 that is evenly divisible by only 1 and the number itself. One is not considered a prime number, because prime numbers by definition have two factors, and the number 1 o... More » Math Numbers

In mathematics, a prime number is any whole number greater than one that has no positive factors other than one and itself. For example, the number 17 is prime, because its only factors are one and 17. More »

The prime factorization of 120 is 2^3 x 3 x 5. Prime factorization requires finding the prime numbers that multiply together to yield a particular product. Prime numbers are numbers greater than one that are divisible by... More » Math Numbers

The prime factors of 40 are 2 x 2 x 2 x 5. Prime factors are prime numbers, which are only divisible by 1 and themselves. The only even prime number is 2, and it is a factor of all even numbers. More »

Prime numbers that, when multiplied, equal another number are said to be the “prime factors” of that number. For example, 2 and 7 are the prime factors of the number 14. More »

Prime numbers are used to encrypt information through communication networks utilized by cell phones and the Internet, according to PBS. One common encryption code uses the RSA algorithm to secure credit card transaction... More »