Factor

Pronunciation: /ˈfæk tər/ ?

To factor is to divide an expression into parts which, when multiplied together, generate the original expression. For example if one factors

5t + 5

one gets

5(t + 1)

This can be tested by using the distributive property of multiplication to multiply 5 and t + 1 to get 5t + 5.

A factor of a number 'j' is another number, say 'i', that divides 'j'.

References

  1. factor. http://wordnet.princeton.edu/. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08). http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=factor&sub=Search+WordNet&o2=&o0=1&o7=&o5=&o1=1&o6=&o4=&o3=&h=.
  2. Boyden, Wallace C.. A First Book in Algebra, pp 76-88. Silver, Burdett & Company, 1894. (Accessed: 2010-02-03). http://www.archive.org/stream/firstbookinalgeb00boydrich#page/76/mode/1up/search/factor.
  3. Schultze, Arthur. Advanced Algebra, pp 8-17. The Macmillan Company, 1906. (Accessed: 2010-02-03). http://www.archive.org/stream/advancedalgebra00schugoog#page/n24/mode/1up/search/factor.

More Information

  • McAdams, David. Factoring Polynomials. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 2010-02-03. http://www.allmathwords.org/article.aspx?lang=en&id=Factoring Polynomials.
  • McAdams, David. Factor Theorem. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 2010-02-03. http://www.allmathwords.org/article.aspx?lang=en&id=Factor Theorem.
  • McAdams, David. Prime Factorization. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 2010-02-03. http://www.allmathwords.org/article.aspx?lang=en&id=Prime Factorization.

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2010-02-24: Added noun (McAdams, David.)
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