Factors and Multiples

1. Find the factors of 8.

1 × 8 = 8
8 is the product of 1 and 8.
So 1 and 8 are factors of 8.

2 × 4 = 8
8 is the product of 2 and 4.
So, 2 and 4 are factors of 8.

The factors of 8 are 1, 2, 4 and 8.
1 is a factor of every number.
Every number is a factor of itself.

2. Find the multiples of 8.

To find the multiple of 8, think of the times table of 8 as below.

8  ×  1  =  8,      8  ×  2  =  16,    8  ×  3  =  24,
8  ×  4  =  32,    8  ×  5  =  40,    8  ×  6  =  48,

8, 16, 24, 32, 40 and 48 are multiples of 8.
8 is a factor of all the multiples of 8.

3. List all the factors of 60.

60 = 1 × 60
60 = 2 × 30
60 = 3 × 20
60 = 4 × 15
60 = 5 × 12
60 = 6 × 10

The factors of 60 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30 and 60.

4. What are the common factors of 16 and 24? What is the greatest common factor of 16 and 24?

The factors of 16 are: 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16.
The factors of 24 are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 24.

The common factors of 16 and 24 are 1, 2, 4 and 8.

The greatest common factor (GCF) of 16 and 24 is 8.

5. List the first six multiples of 6. What is the twelfth multiple of 6?

6  ×  1  =  6,      6  ×  2  =  12,    6  ×  3  =  18,
6  ×  4  =  24,    6  ×  5  =  30,    6  ×  6  =  36,

The first multiple of 6 is 6.

The second multiple of 6 is 12.

The third multiple of 6 is 18.

The fourth multiple of 6 is 24.

The fifth multiple of 6 is 30.

The sixth multiple of 6 is 36.

The twelfth multiple of 6 is 6 × 12 or 72.

7. Is 21 a multiple of 7?

square metre or square meter 21 can be divided exactly by 7.
21 is a multiple of 7.
7 is a factor of 21.

8. Is 25 a multiple of 7?

square metre or square meter 25 cannot be divided exactly by 7.
25 is not a multiple of 7.
7 is not a factor of 25.

9. Find the first six multiples of 2 and 5. What is a common multiple of 2 and 5?

The first six multiples of 2 are 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12.

The first six multiples of 5 are 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30.

A common multiple of 2 and 5 is 10.

10. I'm thinking of a one-digit number, N, which is greater than 1.
  N and 7 are the common factors of 14 and 28.
  What is the number I'm thinking of?

The factors of 14 are 1, 2, 7 and 14.
The factors of 28 are 1, 2, 4, 7, 14 and 28.

The common factors of 14 and 28 are 1, 2, 7 and 14.
The one-digit common factor of 14 and 28 other than 1 and 7 is 2.

N is 2.