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Feb
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comment What really are functions added together?
You can think of a function as just a name for a mathematical expression, so you could cite pretty much anything with a plus sign as a sum of functions. It's a very general concept.
Feb
14
comment What really are functions added together?
Is "compositing" different from composition? Function composition usually refers to taking the value of a function and plugging it into another function (i.e. f(g(x)))
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comment Why are primes considered to be the “building blocks” of the integers?
@Dejan: Yes, you're right. That's the reason I went up to 32, but I guess I forgot. It was a late night...
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comment Why are primes considered to be the “building blocks” of the integers?
Oh, no wonder. Heh. I really must getting rusty.
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revised Why are primes considered to be the “building blocks” of the integers?
Further clarification of "power-prime"
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Further clarification of "power-prime"
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comment Why are primes considered to be the “building blocks” of the integers?
Great post, Pete, great post! There's so much I want to discuss with you, but this board isn't really good for that. I do want to clarify what I mean by "power-prime", though, because I guess I wasn't being as clear as I thought. I'll do that in the original post.
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comment Why are primes considered to be the “building blocks” of the integers?
Well, one thing you could do is break up prime-composite numbers into power-factors [sic] in the same way you broke up those numbers by factors.
Jan
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comment Why are primes considered to be the “building blocks” of the integers?
I was hoping someone could tell me how it's useful :)
Jan
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comment Why are primes considered to be the “building blocks” of the integers?
I guess I brought this whole thing up because I don't understand your second point. If we had a prime formula, then would it be easy to derive a power-prime formula from it? It's not obvious to me that we would be able to.
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comment Why are primes considered to be the “building blocks” of the integers?
@Jihad: Fair enough. I stand corrected. I should have said "natural numbers".