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Composite numbers vs prime numbers

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A composite number is a natural number that can be divided into smaller factors (which are also natural numbers). For example, 6 = 2 x 3.

A Prime number is an integer (greater than 1) that cannot be separated into smaller factors. For example, 7 can't be divided into smaller factors.

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A prime number has only 2 factors which are 1 and itself. Composite numbers are everything else except 1 and 0. 1 and 0 are neither prime, nor composite.

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