## What Is The Prime Factorization Of 24?

**The prime factorization of the number 24 is 2 × 2 × 2 × 3. You can also write this with exponents as 23 × 3.**

## Prime and Composite Numbers

A prime number is a number with only two factors, itself and 1. A composite number has additional factors. Being able to identify prime numbers is an important part of doing prime factorization, which is a mathematical process in which a number is broken down into its smallest prime factors.