# Number primes digits

How do I find out the number of prime numbers that have exactly 100 digits?

I know the Prime Number Theorem, but 100 digits numbers are too big to be put in a calculator.

• FYI, you can factor out $10^{99}$ to allow your calculator to determine an answer using the Prime Number Theorem formula, as I show in my updated answer. Oct 9 '19 at 1:57
• get a computer algebra program, they can handle 1000's even on mobile.
– user645636
Oct 9 '19 at 8:26

To determine the number of primes with $$100$$ digits exactly, you would need to calculate, at least effectively, the value of $$\pi\left(10^{100}\right) - \pi\left(10^{99}\right)$$, where $$\pi(x)$$ is the count of # of primes up to $$x$$. However, regarding determining $$\pi\left(10^{n}\right)$$ for larger values of $$n$$, according to Prime-counting function,

The value for $$10^{27}$$ was published in $$2015$$ by David Baugh and Kim Walisch.

Since the number of primes up to $$10^{27}$$ was only calculated about $$4$$ years ago, I highly doubt there would be anything for either $$10^{99}$$ or $$10^{100}$$ yet.

Nonetheless, there are various estimates for the # of primes in a larger interval which give considerably more accurate values than you would get by just using the Prime Number Theorem. For example, the Inequalities section of Wikipedia's "Prime-counting function" article gives several good ones you can use instead. Also, the upper & lower bounds used in the inequalities will allow you to determine a maximum error of the estimate you get when you use one of them.

Update: This answer gives an approximation for the # of primes using the Prime Number Theorem formula. Although Wolfram Alpha can calculate it directly, you can also actually fairly easily factor out $$10^{99}$$, with this allowing any calculator or program which supports natural logarithms to do the calculations of the remaining parts. In particular, you get

\begin{equation}\begin{aligned} \pi\left(10^{100}\right) - \pi\left(10^{99}\right) & \approx \frac{10^{100}}{100\ln 10} - \frac{10^{99}}{99\ln 10} \\ & = 10^{99}\left(\frac{10}{100\ln 10} - \frac{1}{99\ln 10}\right) \\ & = 10^{99}\left(\frac{1}{\ln 10}\right)\left(\frac{1}{10} - \frac{1}{99}\right) \\ & \approx 10^{99} \times 0.0390426 \\ & = 3.90426 \times 10^{97} \end{aligned}\end{equation}\tag{1}\label{eq1A}

Note I used the Windows $$7$$ calculator program to do the calculations to get the final answer shown above.

The prime number theorem will give an approximate answer. You want the number of primes between $$10^{99}$$ and $$10^{100}$$ For the simplest approximation, this is just $$\frac{10^{100}}{\log 10^{100}}-\frac{10^{99}}{\log 10^{99}}=\frac{10^{100}}{100\log 10}-\frac{10^{99}}{99\log 10}=10^{99}\left(\frac {10}{\log 100}-\frac 1{\log 99}\right)$$

If this is too big for your calculator, it is. Wolfram alpha will give the answer as approximately $$3.9\cdot 10^{97}$$. You can use the more accurate formula for the prime number in terms of the logarithmic integral if you want, but the issues are the same.