Here’s 8 with its factors: ‘two fours’ and ‘four twos’ which you see to the right.

Remember if you can find **rods** **of the same colour** which are **the same length** as another rod, as in the picture to the left, they are called **factors** of that number.

At the extreme right is the **DUST** of 8, ‘two times two times two’, 2x2x2

This is the **ATOMIC STRUCTURE OF 8** in terms of multiplication.

Why is it useful and very very good indeed?

Because from the dust, 2x2x2, you can, if you feel like it:

**Build ALL combinations of factors of a product**

**THIS BEATS ‘tables’**

**DUST EATS ‘tables’**

**DUST IS ABOVE ‘tables’**

**DUST BEATS ‘tables’**

**DUST LIES ON TOP OF ‘tables’ AS WE KNOW ONLY TOO WELL!**

ps if you keep saying ‘tables’ it sounds weird too…

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