# Factors vs. Multiples

The main difference between Factors and Multiples is that a Factor is a number that departs no remainder behind then it divides the specific number and Multiple is a number reached by multiplying a given number by another. ## Key Differences

The quantity or number of factors of a particular number is limited, but the number of multiples of a given number is endless.
Factors explained as a list of numbers, each of which, entirely divides a given number, i.e., it is a complete divisor of a number. On the other hand, multiples understood as the list of numbers which are the products of that particular number.
Factors are whether less than or equal to the particular number. Unlike multiples, which are larger than or equal to the given number.
The action used for obtaining factors of a particular number is division. As opposed, the action used for getting multiples of a number is multiplication.
A factor is a quantity or number that can be multiplied with a particular number to obtain another number. Conversely, multiples are the product, which reached after multiplying the number by an integer.

## Comparison Chart

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Factor relates to an exact divisor of the given number.
Multiple relates to the result we get when we multiply a given number by another number.

Finite
Infinite

### What is it?

It is a number that may be multiplied to obtain another number.
t is a product obtained after multiplying the number by an integer.

Division
Multiplication

### Outcome

Less than or equivalent to the given number.
Greater than or equivalent to the given number.

## Factors and Multiples Definitions

#### Factors

One that actively contributes to an accomplishment, result, or process
"Surprise is the greatest factor in war" (Tom Clancy).

#### Multiples

Having, relating to, or consisting of more than one individual, element, part, or other component; manifold.

#### Factors

One who acts for someone else; an agent.

#### Multiples

A number that may be divided by another number with no remainder
4, 6, and 12 are multiples of 2.

#### Factors

One who purchases accounts receivable at a discount.

#### Multiples

Plural of multiple

#### Factors

(Mathematics) One of two or more quantities that divides a given quantity without a remainder. For example, 2 and 3 are factors of 6; a and b are factors of ab.

#### Factors

A quantity by which a stated quantity is multiplied or divided, so as to indicate an increase or decrease in a measurement
The rate increased by a factor of ten.

#### Factors

A gene. No longer in technical usage.

#### Factors

(Physiology) A substance that functions in a specific biochemical reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.

#### Factors

To determine or indicate explicitly the factors of
If you factor 70, you get 2, 5, and 7.

#### Factors

To engage in purchasing accounts receivable at a discount.

Plural of factor

### Factors vs. Multiples

A factor is a count or number or quantity that divides into the target number with a remainder of zero, e.g., 12 is a factor of the target number 36, because of 36/12 = 3, with no remainder. A multiple is a number that is a product of a target number, and an integer, e.g., 36 is a multiple of the target number 12, because 12 x 3 = 36, and 3 is an integer. A factor is never greater than the target number. A multiple is never less than the target number. There is always a finite number of factors of any given target number, so long as the target number is not zero. So factors are about division. There is always an infinite number of multiples of any given target number, so long as the target number is not zero. So multiples are about multiplication.

### What are the Factors?

Factor in math is a number or algebraic expression that splits other number or expression evenly—i.e., with no remaining. E.g, 3 and 6 are factors of 12 because 12 ÷ 3 = 4 exactly and 12 ÷ 6 = 2 exactly. Others factors of 12 are 1, 2, 4, and 12. A positive integer larger than 1, or an algebraic expression, that has simply two factors (i.e., itself and 1) is called prime; a positive integer or an algebraic expression that has beyond than two factors is called composite. The prime factors of a quantity or number or an algebraic expression are those factors which are prim. By the basic or fundamental theorem of arithmetic, exclude for the order wherein the prime factors are written, every whole number larger than one uniquely expressed as the product of its prime factors; for example, 60 written as the product 2·2·3·5. To ascertain factors of a given number, you need to identify the numbers that evenly divide that particular number. And do so, start right from number 1, as it is the factor of every number. Ways for factoring large whole numbers are of utmost importance in public-key encryption, and on such methods abutting the security (or lack thereof) of data transmitted over the Internet. Factoring is also a particularly important step in the solution of many algebraic problems. For example, the polynomial equation x2x − 2 = 0 can be factored as (x − 2)(x + 1) = 0.

### What are Multiples?

A multiple of a number is that figure or number multiplied by an integer. Integers are negative as well as positive, so other multiples of 2 are -2, -4, -6, -8 and -10. Would 5×3.1 be considered a multiple? Yes, because even though 3.1 is not an integer, it is multiplied by an integer so 5×3.1 would be considered a multiple of 3.1. To find out multiples of a given figure or number, you need to multiply that specific number by integers start with number 1. The resultant number, later the multiplication of the provided numbers, is the multiple of the given number. If you have ever found a common denominator for two or more fractions, you have found a common multiple. For example, if you want to add 3/8 and 5/12, you must find a common denominator. A common denominator, which is another name for common multiple, is a number that is a multiple for all the numbers considered. For example, a common multiple for 8 and 12 is 24. This means that there is an integer time 8 that will make 24 and there is an integer time 12 that will make 24. Going through the 8-time tables, 8 x 3 = 24 and going through the 12-time tables, 12 x 2 = 24.