- 179 is a prime number.
- Prime factorization: 179 is prime.
- The exponent of prime number 179 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 179 has exactly 2 factors.
- Factors of 179: 1, 179
- Factor pairs: 179 = 1 x 179
- 179 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √179 ≈ 13.379088

**How do we know that ****179**** is a prime number?** If 179 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √179 ≈ 13.4. Since 179 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, or 13, we know that 179 is a prime number.

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