# Prime Factors in OCaml

#### Compute the prime factors of a given natural number.

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exercism fetch ocaml prime-factors
``` |

# Prime Factors

Compute the prime factors of a given natural number.

A prime number is only evenly divisible by itself and 1.

Note that 1 is not a prime number.

## Example

What are the prime factors of 60?

- Our first divisor is 2. 2 goes into 60, leaving 30.
- 2 goes into 30, leaving 15.
- 2 doesn't go cleanly into 15. So let's move on to our next divisor, 3.

- 3 goes cleanly into 15, leaving 5.
- 3 does not go cleanly into 5. The next possible factor is 4.
- 4 does not go cleanly into 5. The next possible factor is 5.

- 5 does go cleanly into 5.
- We're left only with 1, so now, we're done.

Our successful divisors in that computation represent the list of prime factors of 60: 2, 2, 3, and 5.

You can check this yourself:

- 2 * 2 * 3 * 5
- = 4 * 15
- = 60
- Success!

## Getting Started

For installation and learning resources, refer to the exercism help page.

## Installation

To work on the exercises, you will need `Opam`

and `Core`

. Consult opam website for instructions on how to install `opam`

for your OS. Once `opam`

is installed open a terminal window and run the following command to install core:

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```
opam install core
``` |

To run the tests you will need `OUnit`

. Install it using `opam`

:

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```
opam install ounit
``` |

## Running Tests

A Makefile is provided with a default target to compile your solution and run the tests. At the command line, type:

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```
make
``` |

## Interactive Shell

`utop`

is a command line program which allows you to run Ocaml code interactively. The easiest way to install it is via opam:

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```
opam install utop
``` |

Consult utop for more detail.

## Feedback, Issues, Pull Requests

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If you have feedback about an exercise, or want to help implementing a new one, head over there and create an issue. We'll do our best to help you!

## Source

The Prime Factors Kata by Uncle Bob http://butunclebob.com/ArticleS.UncleBob.ThePrimeFactorsKata

## Submitting Incomplete Solutions

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.