## Math Basics## Basic Mathematical Operations |

## What does a factor and factorization mean? |

A *factor* is a portion of a quantity that when multiplied by other factors gives the entire quantity (or product). In order to determine such factors (or divisors), you have to use *factorization* (also called *factoring* or *to factor).* When factoring an integer, it is referred to as prime factorization; when factoring a polynomial, it is called polynomial factorization.