How do you find the factors of 32?

See explanation.

To look for factors of a specified number you start from the smallest possible factors.

##32## is an evan number, so ##2## is the smallest factor:

##32-:2=16##

Again ##16## is even, so ##2## is also the factor of ##16##:

##16-:2=8##

##8-:2=4##

##4-:2=2##

##2## is prime, so it only is divisible by ##1## and itself.

Finally we can write that: ##32=2xx2xx2xx2xx2=2^5##

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