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Q: How can a composite factor be found in the prime factorization of 72?

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3 is a prime factor of 72 and is contained in the prime factorization.

33 is not a factor of 72.

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By multiplying 2 and 3.

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Each composite number has its own unique prime factorization. The largest number in that factorization would be the largest prime factor. It will never be more than half of the original number.

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