# Prime factorization of $988$

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Find the prime factorization of $988$.

### Solution

Start with the number $2$.

Determine whether $988$ is divisible by $2$.

It is divisible, thus, divide $988$ by ${\color{green}2}$: $\frac{988}{2} = {\color{red}494}$.

Determine whether $494$ is divisible by $2$.

It is divisible, thus, divide $494$ by ${\color{green}2}$: $\frac{494}{2} = {\color{red}247}$.

Determine whether $247$ is divisible by $2$.

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

The next prime number is $3$.

Determine whether $247$ is divisible by $3$.

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

The next prime number is $5$.

Determine whether $247$ is divisible by $5$.

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

The next prime number is $7$.

Determine whether $247$ is divisible by $7$.

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

The next prime number is $11$.

Determine whether $247$ is divisible by $11$.

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

The next prime number is $13$.

Determine whether $247$ is divisible by $13$.

It is divisible, thus, divide $247$ by ${\color{green}13}$: $\frac{247}{13} = {\color{red}19}$.

The prime number ${\color{green}19}$ has no other factors then $1$ and ${\color{green}19}$: $\frac{19}{19} = {\color{red}1}$.

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: $988 = 2^{2} \cdot 13 \cdot 19$.

The prime factorization is $988 = 2^{2} \cdot 13 \cdot 19$A.