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Question from liam, a student:

um hi ,
i was wondering if anyone could help me with this question and tell me how and what the did; exponetial form of 4 326 180 501

Hi Liam. Exponential form usually means the exponential form of the prime factorization, written from smallest factor to largest.

For example, 4840 has the prime factorization 2x2x2x5x11x11, so we write it in exponential form like this:

23 x 51 x 112

Your large number will take awhile to discover the prime numbers. I will give you a hint though: it is the product of just two primes, occuring once each. This is like 91, whose expontial prime factorization form is 71 x 111.

Stephen La Rocque.

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