A whole number greater than 1 that can

Example: 5 is a prime number. We cannot multiply 2, 3 or 4 together to make 5. (Only 1×5 works but we said to use

Example: 6 can be made by 2 × 3 so is NOT a prime number (it is a composite number).

All whole numbers above 1 are either composite or prime.

**not**be made by multiplying other whole numbers.Example: 5 is a prime number. We cannot multiply 2, 3 or 4 together to make 5. (Only 1×5 works but we said to use

**other**whole numbers.)Example: 6 can be made by 2 × 3 so is NOT a prime number (it is a composite number).

All whole numbers above 1 are either composite or prime.

See: Composite Number

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