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Fifty-one employees are working at a candle-making factory. There are three departments in the company. These departments are the melting, finished product, and office departments. So, the company wants to divide the employees into those departments as evenly as possible. Use the factors of 51. Is that a possibility for the employees to be divided evenly into those three departments?
To find all the factors for 51, one of the best ways to do this is to follow a set of rules. These rules below will show you how to find these factors for 51.
With the candle-making factory, you should now be able to determine if the factory can evenly divide their 51 employees into those departments. First, based on the factors, 51 can be divided by 3 to get 17. Three and seventeen are factors of 51, and they are factor partners. So, with three departments, 17 employees will be working in each department of the candle-making factory. It can be done!
You can find the factors of 51 by first writing down the two factors that every number has. That would be 1 and the number itself, 51. Then, see if the number is an even or odd number. Even numbers will have 2 as a factor as well as 2’s factor partner for 51. In this case, 51 is an odd number. Then find whether 3 is a factor of 51 by dividing 3 into 51. If there is not a remainder, then it is a factor. There is no remainder, so 3 is 51’s factor. Three’s factor partner is 17 because 3 times 17 is 51. Finally, check to see if any number between 4 and 16 can divide equally into 51. There are no other factors for 51.
There is not a large number of factors for 51 because there are 4 factors for 51. They are 1, 3, 17, and 51.
There are only a few factors for 51 for a few reasons. First, this number is not an even number because it is an odd number. Automatically, two is ruled out. Fifty-one is not a number that has many multiplication facts for it. There are other numbers that have many multiplication facts for it. When you were studying your multiplication facts, you probably did not get 51 many times. There are also not many objects that are grouped into groups of 51.
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