# Prime factorization of $4272$

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Find the prime factorization of $4272$.

### Solution

Start with the number $2$.

Determine whether $4272$ is divisible by $2$.

It is divisible, thus, divide $4272$ by ${\color{green}2}$: $\frac{4272}{2} = {\color{red}2136}$.

Determine whether $2136$ is divisible by $2$.

It is divisible, thus, divide $2136$ by ${\color{green}2}$: $\frac{2136}{2} = {\color{red}1068}$.

Determine whether $1068$ is divisible by $2$.

It is divisible, thus, divide $1068$ by ${\color{green}2}$: $\frac{1068}{2} = {\color{red}534}$.

Determine whether $534$ is divisible by $2$.

It is divisible, thus, divide $534$ by ${\color{green}2}$: $\frac{534}{2} = {\color{red}267}$.

Determine whether $267$ is divisible by $2$.

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

The next prime number is $3$.

Determine whether $267$ is divisible by $3$.

It is divisible, thus, divide $267$ by ${\color{green}3}$: $\frac{267}{3} = {\color{red}89}$.

The prime number ${\color{green}89}$ has no other factors then $1$ and ${\color{green}89}$: $\frac{89}{89} = {\color{red}1}$.

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: $4272 = 2^{4} \cdot 3 \cdot 89$.

The prime factorization is $4272 = 2^{4} \cdot 3 \cdot 89$A.