# What are the prime factors of 196?

##### 1 Answer

Dec 1, 2016

#### Explanation:

**SMALLEST** prime number that can divide **196** so we'll start with that :

**98** also can be divided by

**49**, so we must find the next **SMALLEST** prime number that can divide **49**, which is

Again,

We end the division when we find **1**, and the prime factorization of the number **196** is the product of the prime factors in the denominators which are in this case