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**Equcation for number 142 factorization is: 2 * 71**- It is determined that the prime factors of number 142 are: 2, 71

- No the number 142 is not a prime number.
- One hundred and forty-two is a
__composite number__. Because 142 has more divisors than 1 and itself.

- How do you calculate natural number factors? To get the number that you are factoring just multiply whatever number in the set of whole numbers with another in the same set. For example 7 has two factors 1 and 7. Number 6 has four factors 1, 2, 3 and 6 itself.
- It is simple to factor numbers in a natural numbers set. Because all numbers have a minimum of two factors(one and itself). For finding other factors you will start to divide the number starting from 2 and keep on going with dividers increasing until reaching the number that was divided by 2 in the beginning. All numbers without remainders are factors including the divider itself.
- Let's create an example for factorization with the number nine. It's not dividable by 2 evenly that's why we skip it(Remembe 4,5 so you know when to stop later). Nine can be divided by 3, now add 3 to your factors. Work your way up until you arrive to 5 (9 divided by 2, rounded up). In the end you have 1, 3 and 9 as a list of factors.

Prime numbers or primes are natural numbers greater than 1 that are only divisible by 1 and with itself. The number of primes is infinite. Natural numbers bigger than 1 that are not prime numbers are called composite numbers.

- In mathematics, factorization (also factorisation in some forms of British English) or factoring is the decomposition of an object (for example, a number, a polynomial, or a matrix) into a product of other objects, or factors, which when multiplied together give the original. For example, the number 15 factors into primes as 3 x 5, and the polynomial x2 - 4 factors as (x - 2)(x + 2). In all cases, a product of simpler objects is obtained. The aim of factoring is usually to reduce something to basic building blocks, such as numbers to prime numbers, or polynomials to irreducible polynomials.