What is the prime factorization of 12?

Asked by Oaklee Shaw

The numbers 2 and 3 are the only prime factors of 12, but a prime factorization of 12 must list the 2 twice — 2 × 2 × 3 (or 22 × 3), because 2 × 3, by itself, doesn’t make 12. Though many numbers can be factored in more than one way, their prime factorization is unique!

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