# Prime factorization of $1204$

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Find the prime factorization of $1204$.

### Solution

Start with the number $2$.

Determine whether $1204$ is divisible by $2$.

It is divisible, thus, divide $1204$ by ${\color{green}2}$: $\frac{1204}{2} = {\color{red}602}$.

Determine whether $602$ is divisible by $2$.

It is divisible, thus, divide $602$ by ${\color{green}2}$: $\frac{602}{2} = {\color{red}301}$.

Determine whether $301$ is divisible by $2$.

Since it is not divisible, move to the next prime number.

The next prime number is $3$.

Determine whether $301$ is divisible by $3$.

Since it is not divisible, move to the next prime number.

The next prime number is $5$.

Determine whether $301$ is divisible by $5$.

Since it is not divisible, move to the next prime number.

The next prime number is $7$.

Determine whether $301$ is divisible by $7$.

It is divisible, thus, divide $301$ by ${\color{green}7}$: $\frac{301}{7} = {\color{red}43}$.

The prime number ${\color{green}43}$ has no other factors then $1$ and ${\color{green}43}$: $\frac{43}{43} = {\color{red}1}$.

Since we have obtained $1$, we are done.

Now, just count the number of occurences of the divisors (green numbers), and write down the prime factorization: $1204 = 2^{2} \cdot 7 \cdot 43$.

The prime factorization is $1204 = 2^{2} \cdot 7 \cdot 43$A.