# How do you factor the monomial 23ab^3 completely?

Jul 18, 2017

$23 a {b}^{3} = 23 \times a \times b \times b \times b$

#### Explanation:

Notice that the word 'monomial' means that there is only term.

All of the 'parts' of the term are therefore 'factors', and they are multiplied together.

Therefore the term is already in a factored form. All you can really do with it is to expand it to show the product of the prime factors without using indices.

$23 a {b}^{3} = 23 \times a \times b \times b \times b$