Common Core Math Vocabulary

Factor Pairs - Definition with Examples

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What are factor pairs? 
In math, a factor pair can be defined as a set of two factors, which when multiplied together, give a particular product
For instance, in the multiplication sentence or fact, 5 × 6 = 30, 5 and 6 is one of the factor pair that gives us the product 30. 

Here’s how a number can have multiple factor pairs. 

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  Fun Facts

  • All natural numbers are the product of at least one factor pair. 

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1 is a factor of all numbers on the shelf,
And every number is factor pair with itself!

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Instead of handing out math worksheets on factor pairs to your children, provide instances in which the child will need to use factoring or making factor pairs for solving a problem, such as when exchanging money, comparing prices of items and computing the time.

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