# Is 36 a prime or composite number?

Jan 16, 2018

$36$ is a composite number.

#### Explanation:

A prime number can only be divided by $1$ and itself.

A composite number can be divided by more than $1$ and itself.

Take a look at the picture at the beginning of the answer. $36$ is a composite number because the factors of 36 aren't just $1$ and itself; there are a lot more:

$1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 6 , 9 , 12 , 18 , 36$

I hope that helps! :)