A whole number that can be made by multiplying other whole numbers.

Example: 6 can be made by 2 × 3 so is a composite number.

But 7 can

All whole numbers above 1 are either composite or prime.

Example: 6 can be made by 2 × 3 so is a composite number.

But 7 can

**not**be made by multiplying other whole numbers (1×7 would work, but we said to use**other**whole numbers) so is**not**a composite number, it is a prime number.All whole numbers above 1 are either composite or prime.

See: Prime Number

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