Composite number

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A composite number is a positive integer greater than 1 which is not a prime number. Composite numbers can always be written as a product of prime numbers, which represent a prime factorization.[1] For example, the prime factorization of the composite number 42 is 2 x 3 x 7.

Related to composite numbers are highly composite numbers (HCN's). The HCN's are the higher order of the two types of numbers that are the opposite to prime numbers.

References

  1. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/CompositeNumber.html