# How do you write the prime factorization of -7c^2?

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Alan N. Share
Feb 20, 2017

$- 7 \times c \times c$
[Assuming c is prime]

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Expression $= - 7 {c}^{2}$

We are asked to find the prime factors.

A few things to do first:

(i) ignore the negative sign
(ii) Realise that 7 is prime
(iii) Assume $c$ is prime

Then Expression $= 7 \times c \times c \times \left(- 1\right)$

Hence: The prime factors of Expression are: $- 7 \times c \times c$
[Assuming c is prime]

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