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A question on the prime number theorem as presented in the following paper

In the section 2. of this paper it is written that, ...The prime number theorem ensures that we can choose $B$ as close to $1$ as we want, provided $x_0$ is sufficiently large. I think that ...
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Irrationality of Decimal Expansion of Primes

I've heard the proof that this number is irrational is accessible to even a novice to number theory: $\alpha = 0.2 \ 3 \ 5 \ 7 \ 11 \ 13 \ 17 \ldots$ The proof may utilize that a number is ...
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Periodicity over the prime indices of a multiplicative sequence implies periodicity?

I have a real sequence $(a_p)$ indexed by the prime numbers which takes values -1, 0, or 1, having the property that $a_p=a_q$ whenever $p\equiv q \pmod m$, where $m$ is a fixed integer $>2$. I'm ...
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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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How many numbers are products of $p^p$?

Consider the set $\mathcal{S}=\{1,4,16,27,\ldots\}$ of numbers which are products of numbers of the form $p^p$ for $p$ prime. ($\mathcal{S}$ is A072873 in the OEIS.) Note that multiple primes are ...
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To prove $\pi(x)>\dfrac x{\ln x} , \forall x \ge 17$ by elementary argument

Is there an elementary argument for proving $$\forall x \ge 17:\pi(x)>\dfrac x{\ln x} $$ ? where $\pi(x)$ is the prime counting function ....
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Primality of $n! +1$

I came across with a problem where I was required to examine primality of $n! +1$ (17! + 1 was the actual number). Although Wilson's Theorem could be manipulated for determining primality of $n! + ...
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finding A using with restriction $1 \leq a \leq 20$ in GCD

For what $1 \leq a \leq 20$ you are finding $a$ is it true that $a^m+a^n=x^2$ for positive integers $a,m,n,x.$ I did $a^m+a^n=x^2.$ $=a^m(a^{n-m}+1)=x^2$ We know that since $(a,b)=1$ since the ...
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Primality Criterion for Specific Class of Proth Numbers

Is this proof acceptable ? Theorem : Let $N = k\cdot 2^n+1$ with $n>1$ , $k<2^n$ , $3 \mid k $ , and $\begin{cases} k \equiv 3 \pmod {30} , & \text{with }n \equiv 1,2 \pmod 4 \\ k ...
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Asymptotic Expression for the Twin Prime Counting Function

A variation on a previous question I asked, which has garnered no responses. I'll attempt to be more lucid: Let $\pi_2(x)$ be the twin prime counting function and $\pi(x)$ be the prime counting ...
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How can one find a million of consecutive prime numbers greater than 1 trillion? [duplicate]

I am looking for bigger prime numbers than 1 trillion. At least a million consecutive ones. Where or how can I find some?
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A Generalization of Carmichael Numbers

Obviously, from Fermat's Little Theorem, the condition of $p$ being prime is equivalent to there being some number $a$ of multiplicative order $p-1$ mod $p$. Moreover, this is equivalent to saying ...
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Proof for divisions that in include prime number. [duplicate]

How do I prove, that if $m^2$ can be divided $p$ (where $m$ is a whole number and $p$ is a prime number) then also m can be divided by $p$?
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If $p$ and $q$ are prime numbers larger than $2$, then $pq + 1 $ is never prime

I am trying to prove the following: If $p$ and $q$ are prime numbers larger than $2$, then $pq + 1 $ is never prime. Any ideas?
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Prove or disprive that $n^{2}-n+17$ is prime for all integers $n$

I am looking to prove this function is always prime for all integers $n$: $$n^{2}-n+17$$ I have tested it for the first $10$ integers and it seems to work but I am not sure how to prove it form all ...
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The primes such that removing digits from the right end leaves another prime

The number 73,939,133 is prime. Keep removing a digit from the right end. Each of the remaining numbers is prime. How to find other numbers with this property?
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Does there exist a sequence $(S_i)_{i=1}^{\infty},\ S_i=\pm1$ such that $\forall i(2+S_1g_1+S_2g_2+\cdots+S_ig_i\in\Bbb P)\wedge\exists i:S_i=-1$?

Consider a sequence $(S_i)_{i=1}^{\infty},\ S_i=\pm1$ other than $\{1,1,\ldots\}$. Let $g_i=p_{i+1}-p_i$, where $p_i$ is the $i$th prime. Is it possible that for all $k\in\Bbb Z^+,\ ...
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Does there exist a positive integer $k$ such that $(g_i^k)_{i=1}^{\infty},\ g_i^k=p_{i+k}-p_i$ is non-decreasing for all sufficiently large $i$?

Does there exist a positive integer $k$ such that $(g_i^k)_{i=1}^{\infty},\ g_i^k=p_{i+k}-p_i$ is non-decreasing for all sufficiently large $i$, where $p_i$ is the $ith$ prime? $g_{i+1}^k\geq ...
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Generalisations of primes

I've read of (normal) primes, Gaussian primes and Eisenstein primes, which all uses different ways to define an integer to be a prime. For instance, $2$ factors into $1-i$ and $1+i$ for guassian ...
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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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Prove that if p divides xy then p divides x or p divides y

I am given that the following proposition is true. (Proved in class) "Suppose that $x$, $y\in \Bbb Z$, not both zero. Then there exists $m$, $n\in\Bbb Z$ such that $$mx + ny = d$$ where $d$ is the ...
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Syndeticity and A.P.-richness of certain sets

Let $A \subset \mathbb{N}: \sum_{a \in A} (\frac{1}{a}) = \infty$; denote $\{ \alpha_1 @ \alpha_2: \alpha_1, \alpha_2 \in A \} = A @ A$, where "$@$" is any appropriate binary operator. (Note: $A$ is ...
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Prime number in set $\{1,…,60\}$

How can we calculate by using the principle of inclusions and exclusions how many prime numbers are in the set $ \{1, ..., 60 \} $?
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an irreducible polynomial over GF(2) is primitive over GF(2)

let $P \in F_{2} [X]$ of degree $7$, how to prove this: P is irreducible $\Leftrightarrow$ P is primitive i tried to use the mersenne prime !
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How can I prove that the square root of two prime numbers multiplied is non-rational number?

$P$ and $Q$ are two distinct prime numbers. How can I prove that $\sqrt{PQ}$ is an irrational number?
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Disproving using a Constructive Proof

I cannot find the n to prove the negation for the following: Disprove (Prove the negation) of: For every positive integer n, $3^n + 2$ is prime The way in which I have written the negation is: ...
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Given $0 < p < n$, prove there exists $n$ consecutive natural numbers such that each natural is divisible by at least $p$ distinct primes.

Given $0 < p < n$, prove there exists $n$ consecutive natural numbers such that each natural is divisible by at least $p$ distinct primes. Is there a general proof method to prove this ...
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Finding all the values of n, such that $ \varphi (n) = 12 $ [duplicate]

I have not broken this down very far. I have come to the conclusion that there are infinitely many values for n where there exists 12 coprimes to n. Since there are infinitely many primes, and primes ...
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Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic (Canonical) missing crucial step

I've worked long on the proof of the fundamental theorem of Arithmetic and there is only one tiny piece left I can't wrap my head around. Suppose that $$\prod_{i=1}^r p_i^{m_i} = \prod_{j=1}^s ...
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Uses of Mersenne primes in math

There is an international search for Mersenne primes. The project is huge. But what are the uses of Mersenne Primes in math? Do they have any other properties other than being of the form $2^n-1$?
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Is this number composite or prime: $2000^{2002} + 2000^{2000} + 1$?

Is this number composite or prime? $$2000^{2002} + 2000^{2000} + 1$$ I want to find an easy approach to this problem.
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Normalizer and centralizer are equivalent when $p$ is the smallest prime dividing $|G|$

Let $p$ be the smallest prime dividing $|G|$, and suppose that some $P \in \mathsf{Syl}_p(G)$ is cyclic. Prove that $N_G(P) = C_G(P)$. So I let $G=p^\alpha m$ $p$ does not divide $m$. P is cyclic, ...
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Remarks on a Previous Post

Recently I have been reading this post and I have noted something significant in the fake argument. As one can easily see that the basic idea behind the argument had been to show that the sequence ...
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Is it an open problem about Riemman Hypothesis non-trivial zero? [duplicate]

Let's assume RH was correct, and $1/2+Ki$ is any one of non-trivial zero of $\zeta$, is following problem open? 1) $K$ is irrational number 2) $K$ is transcendental number
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can Sophie Germain prime be arbitrarily many?

We know that there exists arbitrarily long prime arithmetic progressions by BEN-TAO. Together with Dirichlet's theorem on arithmetic progressions, can we address that Sophie Germain prime number be ...
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Proof of $p_n<n^2$ by Elementary Means

Is there any proof of the inequality $p_n<n^2$ (for all sufficiently large $n$) by elementary means and without using Prime Number Theorem? I searched in google but in vain. The results that I ...
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Eulers totient function divided by $n$, counting numbers in the set [1,m] that are coprime to n

If we divide Euler's totient function $\omega(n)$ by $n$, we obtain a fraction. If we multiply this fraction by any natural number $m$ which gives us another natural number $p$, is it true that $p$ is ...
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Show that if $p$ is an odd prime, show a power $p^k$ can never be a perfect number

Show that if $p$ is an odd prime, show a power $p^k$ can never be a perfect number. I am little confused about this problem, any insight?
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If $m$ and $n$ are integers with $\gcd(m,n) = 1$, prove that $\sigma(mn)= \sigma(m)\sigma(n)$.

If $m$ and $n$ are integers with $\gcd(m,n) = 1$, prove that $\sigma(mn)= \sigma(m)\sigma(n)$. I am thinking about using the formula for $\sigma(p^k)$ where $p$ is prime. It follows from the ...
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On the difference between consecutive primes

Let $(p_n)$ be the sequence of prime numbers and $g_n = p_{n+1} - p_n$ Question: Is it known that $g_n \le n$? Remark: it's known that $g_n < p_n^{\theta}$ with $\theta = 0.525$ for $n$ ...
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Math for Computer Science

I have a couple of questions on the material in "Mathematics for Computer Science" by Eric Lehman and Tom Leighton. Q1. This is a theorem in the book: Theorem 24. Let $p$ be a prime. If $p|a_1a_2 ...
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Conjecture on sum of powers

Let $n$ be an odd number, $x,y$ integers and $p$ a prime number. Now, suppose that $p\ne n$ and $$ p|\frac{x^n+y^n}{x+y} $$ Then, I have been observed that $p \equiv 1 \pmod{n}$. This is, all of the ...
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Prime numbers and $\sqrt{10301}$

On my exam recently, we had the following question: Use the prime number theorem to estimate the number of primes less than $\sqrt{10301}$, and hence, give a concise argument whether 10301 is prime ...
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Something similar to Euler's theorem

If $p$, $q$ are not equal primes. $n=pq$, $\varphi(n) = (p − 1)(q − 1)$, $d = \gcd(p − 1, q − 1)$. Is it true that for any $a$ such that $\gcd(a, n) = 1$ holds $a^{\frac{\varphi(n)}{d}} \equiv 1 ...
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Finding prime solutions to $100q+80 = p^3 + q^2$

Finding prime solutions to $100q+80 = p^3 + q^2$ Does them being prime imply some patterns on division modulo 3 or some other integer? How is this done?
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Search for very large prime (greater than $2^{57885161} − 1$) between Crystal Numbers

Denote $p[i]$ as the $i$th prime. In my opinion, the following is true: Prime Gap Axiom There are always distinct prime factors for $\{p[i],p[i]+1,p[i]+2, \dots , p[i+1]\}$. Question 1 How to ...
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Finding all natural $n$ such that $2^n+2^{2n} +2^{3n}$ has only $2$ prime factors.

Find all natural $n$ such that $2^n+2^{2n} +2^{3n}$ has only $2$ prime factors. I've tried checking the first 6-7 $n$'s on wolframalpha, but I don't see any patterns for even nor odd $n$'s. At first ...
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How prime numbers are related to special functions?

We know that the Riemann zeta function is defined as $$\zeta(s)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{n^s},$$ for all $\Re(s)>1$. Because of Euler product formula we also know that $$\zeta(s) = ...
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Is there a way to relate prime numbers and the fourier transform

According to what I know about Fourier transforms, any continuous periodic signal can be represented as a combination of sine and cosine functions. To me, this looks analogous to the "Fundamental ...
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distribution of gaussian primes

here is a naive question that so far I don't have already found somewhere else. In the following, I consider the norm on gaussian integers with $N(a+ib)=a^2+b^2$. Consider prime gaussian integers ...