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In a large zoom meeting, there are 49 students in it. With this large of a class, the teacher wants the students to answer questions, but not all at the same time. That would be too difficult to manage with all of those answers coming into the chat box. You decide to equally divide this big group. How could you divide this group and how many students would be in each group?
The factors for the number, 49, are only a few. It is an odd number, so that eliminates 2 being a factor. There are only 3 factors. One of the factors, 7, has a factor partner of itself which lowers the number of factors even more.
Let’s find out the factors for forty-nine. To find out, we will see which numbers 49 or fewer can equally divide into 49. There could be no remainder, or it will not be considered a factor of 49. Let’s gather the factors!
Since there are not a lot of factors for 49, it is always best to double check when you realize that you have only a few factors for a number.
With the problem with the teacher’s massive zoom class, there is only one choice and that is 7 groups of 7 students. The teacher could have a group of 7 students answer the questions in the zoom chat box while the other students are doing something else like reading or writing. Then the next group of 7 students will answer the questions. In that way, the teacher can manage the amount of answers coming through the chat box at one time.
Most numbers have many factors. However, there are some numbers that are prime numbers. This means that they only have factors of 1 and itself. Then there are some numbers that have very few factors but are not prime numbers. That is the case with 49. It is not a prime number, but it has one of the lowest number of factors without being a prime number.
A factor partner is a number that can be multiplied to another factor to get the main number. For 49, 1 and 49 are factor partners because when they are multiplied together, that results in 49. Seven is also a factor and its own factor partner. When 7 is multiplied to 7, it equals 49.
The factors of 49 are 1, 7, and 49.
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