Any natural number that is not prime can be factorized as a product of prime numbers. This process is known as breaking down numbers into prime factors.

From time to time, to solve a certain exercise in a simpler way, we will have to dfactorize the numbers we are given, and rewrite them as products of prime numbers. This factorization gives the possibility to use the numbers in a more comfortable way, for example, by taking advantage of the properties of powers or exponent laws.

**For example:** The number $8$ can be written as $2^3$

The number $1176$ can be also written as $2^2\times3\times7^2$