# Prime Factorization Calculator

## Resource Info

## Basic Information

After familarizing your students with prime numbers and composite numbers, the next interesting question you may ask them to ponder is whether 0 and 1 are prime numbers. When they are doing prime factorization, show them this calculator. (click the image below or the link underneath)

Each prime factor is assigned a unique color, and the occurrences of the each prime factor correspond to the exponent on the same prime in the prime factorization in the canonical factorization shown below the factor tree.

Use the ‘Zoom’ button to highlight only the calculator on this page. To understand what prime factorization is good for, it helps to start with the very nature of numbers and how their prime factors are used to create them.

[Check this visual treat on primes, too.]