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From: Suzanne
(for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Mar 27, 2001 at 18:57:17
Subject: Re: GCF & LCM factor trees
Jennifer, The component parts of a number are its prime factors. By breaking numbers down into their simpler components it provides a bit of number sense. It is often necessary to factor a number into prime factors in algebra so making factor trees could be a natural lead in at the elementary level. It also allows the students to see the various ways a number can be broken down and still arrive at the same final result. There are also some good websites that might answer your question. Try www.homeworkhelp.com -Suzanne, for the T2T service
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