Factors of 48
So you need to find the factors of 48 do you? In this quick guide we'll describe what the factors of 48 are, how you find them and list out the factor pairs of 48 for you to prove the calculation works. Let's dive in!
Factors of 48 Definition
When we talk about the factors of 48, what we really mean is all of the positive and negative integers (whole numbers) that can be evenly divided into 48. If you were to take 48 and divide it by one of its factors, the answer would be another factor of 48.
Let's look at how to find all of the factors of 48 and list them out.
How to Find the Factors of 48
We just said that a factor is a number that can be divided equally into 48. So the way you find and list all of the factors of 48 is to go through every number up to and including 48 and check which numbers result in an even quotient (which means no decimal place).
Doing this by hand for large numbers can be time consuming, but it's relatively easy for a computer program to do it. Our calculator has worked this out for you. Here are all of the factors of 48:
- 48 ÷ 1 = 48
- 48 ÷ 2 = 24
- 48 ÷ 3 = 16
- 48 ÷ 4 = 12
- 48 ÷ 6 = 8
- 48 ÷ 8 = 6
- 48 ÷ 12 = 4
- 48 ÷ 16 = 3
- 48 ÷ 24 = 2
- 48 ÷ 48 = 1
All of these factors can be used to divide 48 by and get a whole number. The full list of positive factors for 48 are:
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 24, and 48
Negative Factors of 48
Technically, in math you can also have negative factors of 48. If you are looking to calculate the factors of a number for homework or a test, most often the teacher or exam will be looking for specifically positive numbers.
However, we can just flip the positive numbers into negatives and those negative numbers would also be factors of 48:
-1, -2, -3, -4, -6, -8, -12, -16, -24, and -48
How Many Factors of 48 Are There?
As we can see from the calculations above there are a total of 10 positive factors for 48 and 10 negative factors for 48 for a total of 20 factors for the number 48.
There are 10 positive factors of 48 and 10 negative factors of 48. Wht are there negative numbers that can be a factor of 48?
Factor Pairs of 48
A factor pair is a combination of two factors which can be multiplied together to equal 48. For 48, all of the possible factor pairs are listed below:
- 1 x 48 = 48
- 2 x 24 = 48
- 3 x 16 = 48
- 4 x 12 = 48
- 6 x 8 = 48
Just like before, we can also list out all of the negative factor pairs for 48:
- -1 x -48 = 48
- -2 x -24 = 48
- -3 x -16 = 48
- -4 x -12 = 48
- -6 x -8 = 48
Notice in the negative factor pairs that because we are multiplying a minus with a minus, the result is a positive number.
So there you have it. A complete guide to the factors of 48. You should now have the knowledge and skills to go out and calculate your own factors and factor pairs for any number you like.
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