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Topic: A Good Activity
Replies: 7   Last Post: Dec 7, 2012 8:07 PM

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 Paul A. Tanner III Posts: 5,920 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: A Good Activity
Posted: Dec 6, 2012 2:16 PM

On Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM, Robert Hansen <bob@rsccore.com> wrote:
> The other night, my son and I worked out all the primes less than 100.
>

One of the "little theorems" or "tricks" on the primes that could come in handy is that all primes greater than 3 are either 1 less or 1 greater than some multiple of 6 - the set of all primes greater than 3 is a subset of of the set of all positive integers 6c-1 or 6c+1 for all positive integers c. (It makes it easier to recall all the primes up to whatever number - just count up multiples of six and at each count try to recall which of the two numbers in question are composite and which of the two are prime.

I wrote two messages using this fact with respect to primes at sci.math about a decade ago, to share some things I found with respect to the Twin Prime Conjecture:

"Twin prime conjecture restated without reference to primes"
http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=507327

"Re: Twin prime conjecture restated without reference to primes"
http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=507328

Date Subject Author
12/6/12 Robert Hansen
12/6/12 Louis Talman
12/7/12 Robert Hansen
12/6/12 Paul A. Tanner III
12/7/12 Robert Hansen
12/6/12 Richard Strausz
12/7/12 Robert Hansen
12/7/12 Richard Strausz