Quick Prime or Composite Number Test: **344** is even and thus divisible by 2, so 344 is a composite number.

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- 344 is a composite number.
- Prime factorization: 344 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 43, which can be written (2^3) x 43
- The exponents in the prime factorization are 3 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (3 + 1)(1 + 1) = 4 x 2 = 8. Therefore 344 has exactly 8 factors.
- Factors of 344: 1, 2, 4, 8, 43, 86, 172, 344
- Factor pairs: 344 = 1 x 344, 2 x 172, 4 x 86, or 8 x 43
- Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √344 = (√4)(√86) = 2√86 ≈ 18.547

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