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    Question Factors and Simplest Form: Concept check

    The following is my explanation of why it is false that the prime factorization of 72 is 2 * 4 * 9.

    It is false that the prime factorization of 72 is 2 * 4 * 9, because 4 and 9 are not prime numbers. 4 can be further simplified to 2 * 2, and 9 can be further simplified to 3 * 3.

    Is my answer clear and correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclid Alexandria
    The following is my explanation of why it is false that the prime factorization of 72 is 2 * 4 * 9.

    It is false that the prime factorization of 72 is 2 * 4 * 9, because 4 and 9 are not prime numbers. 4 can be further simplified to 2 * 2, and 9 can be further simplified to 3 * 3.

    Is my answer clear and correct?
    Looks OK to me.

    Now that you have done all the work it would be worth a few marks
    to actually give the correct prime factorisation.


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    Thanks Captain.

    Oh and 2^3 * 3^2 (if that's the correct way of writing it)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclid Alexandria
    Thanks Captain.

    Oh and 2^3 * 3^2 (if that's the correct way of writing it)!
    That looks good. Though you could use the following alternate TeX formats:

    2^3\  3^2

    2^3 \times 3^2

    which, to me at least, cosmetically look better .

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    I prefer to write 2^3\cdot 3^2 using the LaTeX ommand \cdot
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    I prefer to write 2^3\cdot 3^2 using the LaTeX ommand \cdot
    I try to avoid this, as when I was 10 we were taught to use \cdot as the decimal point.

    So I prefer juxtaposition or a multiplication symbol.

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    Thanks for the TeX pointers guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainBlack
    I try to avoid this, as when I was 10 we were taught to use \cdot as the decimal point.

    So I prefer juxtaposition or a multiplication symbol.

    RonL
    I was taught the juxatoposition of \times may be confused for x.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    I was taught the juxatoposition of \times may be confused for x.
    But we are using TeX, so its not a problem. Also its not a problem in
    manuscript if you are careful.

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