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# Why isn't the number 1 considered composite number?

Updated: 9/24/2023

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One way to explain why the number 1 is neither prime nor composite is that it has only one factor which is itself. Another way to look at it is that you can multiply 1*1*1... an infinite number of times and still get 1.

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