Prime numbers are natural numbers not divisible by any smaller number other than 1. This tag is intended for questions about, related to, or involving prime numbers.

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Is it possible to assign a value to the sum of primes?

It is possible, by means of zeta function regularization and the Ramanujan summation method, to assign a finite value to the sum of the natural numbers (here $n \to \infty $) : $$ 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + ...
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What is the symbol for primes?

Although there isn't much difference between $\mathbb{Z},\mathbb{N},\mathbb{I}$, they are well-known, and each one gets its own distinguished symbol. Is there any reason that primes don't get their ...
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Numbers that are divisible by the number of primes smaller than them

Let $\pi(n)$ denote the number of primes less than or equal to $n$ (a.k.a the prime-counting function). For certain values of $n$, the value of $\frac{n}{\pi(n)}$ is integer. Here are the first few ...
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sums of square free numbers , is this conjecture equivalent to goldbach's conjecture?

As one can notice every integer greater than $1$ is a sum of two squarefree numbers.(numbers that are not divided by some prime square power). Can we prove that? Edit: Can we have bounds for the ...
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Proof involving induction and primes

I'm looking to prove that: $$p_n \leq 2^{2^{n-1}}$$ Where $p_n$ denotes the $n$th prime in ascending order. The proof method is induction. I've solved my base case, that is: $n=1$ $p_1 = 2$, ...
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Primes sum ratio

Let $$G(n)=\begin{cases}1 &\text{if }n \text{ is a prime }\equiv 3\bmod17\\0&\text{otherwise}\end{cases}$$ And let $$P(n)=\begin{cases}1 &\text{if }n \text{ is a prime ...
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A conjecture concerning primes and algebra

A monoid morphism $\psi:\mathbb Z_+\!\!\rightarrow\mathbb Z_+$ is defined by an arbitrary function $f:\mathbb Z_+\!\!\rightarrow\mathbb Z_+$ and defines a group homomorphism $\varphi:\mathbb ...
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Prime pair points slope approaches 1

Take the list of primes, $$2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, \ldots$$ and create ordered $(x,y)$ pairs by grouping in sequence, $$(2, 3), (5, 7), (11, 13), ...
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Primey Pascal's Triangle

Imagine that we have a triangle that starts with 2,3 and grows like Pascal's triangle but instead uses the smallest prime $\geq$ to the sum of the above two primes. Visually: $$ ...
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Sum of reciprocals of primes factorial: $\sum_{p\;\text{prime}}\frac{1}{p!}$

The series $$\sum_{p\;\text{prime}}\frac{1}{p}=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{5}+\frac{1}{7}+\frac{1}{11}+\cdots$$ diverges as is well known. How about the following? ...
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Are all primes Euclid primes?

I was learning Euclid's theorem. If we repeat his construction (properly modified to give only primes) then will we skip any primes? Formally: $p_1 = 2$, and $p_{n + 1} = \text{smallest} \; q \in ...
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Quadratic sieve algorithm

I am stuck with the sieving stage of Quadratic Sieve algorithm. I've read lots of papers to this point but I can't find any guidlines how to choose sieving interval or how sieving is actually done ...
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What's the probability that a sum of dice is prime?

Prompted by today's Minute Math question on the MAA site (http://amc.maa.org/mathclub/5-0,problems/T-problems/T-web,ia/2005web/tb05-12-ia.shtml), I started thinking about the probability that the sum ...
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Consequences of the negation of the Riemann hypothesis

There are many sources documenting the consequences of the Riemann hypothesis, but I can't find one discussing the consequences of its negation, particularly concerning the prime distribution. Can ...
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Primes as quotients

I ask this question based on a comment of David Speyer in another question. What primes are of the form $$ \frac{p^2-1}{q^2-1} $$ where $p$ and $q$ are prime? The first prime not apparently of this ...
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Sorting of prime gaps

Let $g_i $ be the $i^{th}$ prime gap $p_{i+1}-p_i.$ If we re-arrange the sequence $ (g_{n,i})_{i=1}^n$ so that for any finite $n$ the gaps are arranged from smallest to largest we have a new sequence ...
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Divergence of the Derivative of the Prime Counting Function

On the one hand, the Prime Counting Function $\pi_0(x)$ maybe be written $$ \pi_0(x) = \operatorname{R}(x^1) - \sum_{\rho}\operatorname{R}(x^{\rho}) \tag{1} $$ with $ \operatorname{R}(z) = ...
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Is that true that all the prime numbers are of the form $6m \pm 1$?

Is that true that all the prime numbers are of the form $6m \pm 1$ ? If so, can you please provide an example? Thanks in advance.
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Is there a sequence of 5 consecutive positive integers such that none are square free?

Is there a sequence of 5 consecutive positive integers such that none are square free? A number is square free if there is no prime number p such that $p^2 \mid n$ What I've tried doing so far is to ...
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A prime of the form $38111111\ldots$

Let $z(n)$ denote the number given by $38$ followed by $n 1$'s. What is the least number $n$, such that $z(n)$ is prime ? With brute force, I checked up to $7000$ digits and did not find a prime. ...
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Does the formula $\sqrt{ 1 + 24n }$ always yield prime?

I did some experiments, using C++, investigating the values of $\sqrt{1+24n}$. ...
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A simple way to obtain $\prod_{p\in\mathbb{P}}\frac{1}{1-p^{-s}}=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^s}$

Let $ p_1 <p_2 <\ldots <p_k <\ldots $ the increasing list in set $\mathbb{P}$ of all prime numbers . By Infinite geometric series $\sum_{k=0}^\infty r^k = \frac{1}{1-r}$ for all $s>1$ ...
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Prime with digits reversed is prime?

Well, just another idea came up into my mind and i have no idea how to solve it :D Is there infinitely many prime numbers, which are not repunits and their inverse is also prime? (For example, inverse ...
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Prove that $m^{2013}-m^{20}+m^{13}-2013$ has at least $N$ prime divisors

for positive integer $N>1$,There always exists $m$ such that $$m^{2013}-m^{20}+m^{13}-2013$$ has at least $N$ prime divisors Thank you all, this is good problem, but I don't know how to solve it.
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What is the smallest integer $n$>1 such that $n^{5000}+n^{2013}+1$ is prime?

Which is the smallest integer $n>1$, such that $$n^{5000}+n^{2013}+1$$ is prime ? Since $x^{5000}+x^{2013}+1$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}$ and has value $1$ for $x=0$, there should be ...
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If $p$ is a prime and $p \mid ab$, then $p \mid a$ or $p \mid b$.

The proof is already given in the textbook but I tried other way around. Proof by contradiction: Let's assume that $p$ doesn't divide $a$ and $p$ doesn't divide $b$, but $p$ divides $ab$. So ...
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$x^2+x+1$ is the cube of a prime.

Please help me find all natural numbers $x$ so that $x^2+x+1$ is the cube of a prime number.(Used in here)
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Can the order of 2 mod p be arbitrarily small (relative to $p - 1$)?

Given a prime number $p$, let $\operatorname{ord}_p(2)$ be the multiplicative order of $2$ modulo $p$, i.e., the smallest integer $k$ such that $p$ divides $2^k - 1$. By Lagrange's theorem, ...
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Ulam spiral: Is there an “unusual amount of clumping” in prime-rich quadratic polynomials?

I was reading Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games column on the Ulam spiral which appeared in the March 1964 issue of Scientific American. (The spiral actually featured on the cover of that issue.) ...
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Twin, cousin, sexy, … primes

Twin, cousin, and sexy primes are of the forms $(p,p+2)$, $(p,p+4)$, $(p,p+6)$ respectively, for $p$ a prime. The Wikipedia article on cousin primes says that, "It follows from the first ...
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Is every prime the average of two other primes?

$\forall {p_1\in\mathbb{P}, p_1>3},\ \exists {p_2\in\mathbb{P},\ p_3\in\mathbb{P}};\ (p_1 \neq p_2) \land (p_1\neq p_3) \land (p_1 = \frac{p_2+p_3}{2})$ Now I'm not a 100% sure about this, but I ...
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Number of digits until a prime is reached

Begin with a random digit from $1$ to $9$. Add a random digit to the right-hand side from $0$ to $9$ until a prime number is reached. How many digits are necessary in the avarage ? More precisely: ...
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Primes in $\lfloor a^{n} \rfloor$

Motivated by the question Is there any result, that says that $\lfloor e^{n} \rfloor$ is never a prime for $n>2$?, take a real number $a>1$ and consider the sequence $\lfloor a^{n} \rfloor$. ...
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Prime spiral distribution into quadrants

Is it known that the primes on the Ulam prime spiral distribute themselves equally in sectors around the origin? To be specific, say the quadrants? (Each quadrant is closed on one axis and open on ...
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Going from $\Lambda$ to a prime count

A 1997 paper of √Čtienne Fouvry and Henryk Iwaniec, Gaussian primes, concerns the prevalence of primes that are of the form $n^2+p^2$ for prime $p$. The asymptotic result is $$\sum_{n^2+p^2\le ...
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An estimate for relatively prime numbers

Fix a finite collection of distinct prime numbers $(p_1, p_2, \dots, p_s)$, denote their product by $N$. For a natural number $n$ let $\beta(n)$ be the number of $k$, $k\leq n$, for which $k$ and $N$ ...
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What other prime numbers have been ruled out as counterexamples to the Feit-Thompson conjecture?

Given distinct primes $p$ and $q$, $$\frac{p^q - 1}{p - 1}$$ is never a divisor of $$\frac{q^p - 1}{q - 1}.$$ Or so we believe. If $p = 2$, then it's clear that no odd prime $q$ can make a ...
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Algorithm to find primes up to $n$ in $O\left(\frac{n}{\log n}\right)$?

Consider the problem of given an integer $n$, generating a list of the primes not greater than $n$. An optimized version of the Sieve of Eratosthenes can do such task in $O(n)$, while the more modern ...
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Why does one counterexample disprove a conjecture?

Can't a conjecture be correct about most solutions except maybe a family of solutions? For example, a few centuries ago it was widely believed that $2^{2^n}+1$ is a prime number for any $n$ . For ...
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Prime factorization of 1

Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic says every positive number has a unique prime factorisation. Question: If 1 is neither prime nor composite, then how does it fit into this theorem?
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Is there a one-to-one function from the natural numbers to the primes?

Is there a function $f : \mathbb N \rightarrow \mathbb P$, where $\mathbb P = \{p \in \mathbb N \mid \ p$ is prime$\}$, such that $f$ is injective? It is known that no such polynomial function exists. ...
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Determine whether a number is prime

How do I determine if a number is prime? I'm writing a program where a user inputs any integer and from that the program determines whether the number is prime, but how do I go about that?
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Twin primes of form $2^n+3$ and $2^n+5$

How to prove that $2^n+3$ and $2^n+5$ are both prime for only finitely many integers $n$? And how to prove that there are infinitely many primes of the form $2^n+3$ and $2^m+5$
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Are there any Combinatoric proofs of Bertrand's postulate?

I feel like there must exist a combinatoric proof of a theorem like: There is a prime between $n$ and $2n$, or $p$ and $p^2$ or anything similar to this stronger than there is a prime between $p$ and ...
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Why does “the probability of a random natural number being prime” make no sense?

I read an essay about prime numbers. In it the author suggests that a natural first question to ask is, What is the probability of a random natural number being prime? but proceeds to dismiss ...
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Prime Partition

A prime partition of a number is a set of primes that sum to the number. For instance, {2 3 7} is a prime partition of $12$ because $2 + 3 + 7 = 12$. In fact, there ...
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Digital root of twin prime semiprimes

It appears that the product of any pair of twin primes (excluding the first pair 3 and 5) yields a semi prime whose digital root is equal to $8$. Example: $$ 17 \cdot 19 = 323 $$ The digital root of ...
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Is $\sum\frac1{p^{1+ 1/p}}$ divergent?

Is $\displaystyle\sum\frac1{p^{1+ 1/p}}$ divergent? How can we prove that it is divergent or convergent in analytic number theory? I know what bound of the n-th prime number is, and that its order is ...
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How many prime numbers are there in between $1000!+1$ and $1000!+1000$, inclusive?

I know $1000!$ is not a prime number as any number $1000$ or less is a divisor, but how would I know if $1000!+1$ is prime? Any hints? Also, use the above question to prove that you can find $n$ ...