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Topic: Prime?
Replies: 17   Last Post: Dec 26, 2004 9:08 PM

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 Chergarj Posts: 354 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Prime?
Posted: Dec 24, 2004 8:36 PM

1 is only one factor; the factor of 1 is 1. To say that 1 = 1 x 1 is
redundant. Unlimited factorizations of 1 can be made, all using nothing other
than 1.

Any other integer can be factored until each resulting FINAL factor in the set
of factors be factorable as P x 1. Each final resulting P would be prime,
according to the definition of prime number.

Does this make it easier to understand how 1 is accepted as NOT being prime?
The number, 1, is probably also NOT composite. It is both NOT composite, and
NOT prime.

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Date Subject Author
12/24/04 Poly-Poly Man
12/24/04 Jose Carlos Santos
12/24/04 Dr. David Kirkby
12/24/04 Keith Ramsay
12/24/04 Phil Carmody
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12/24/04 Phil Carmody
12/24/04 John Morrison
12/25/04 Phil Carmody
12/25/04 Dik T. Winter
12/25/04 Ron Sperber
12/26/04 mareg@mimosa.csv.warwick.ac.uk
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12/25/04 Dan
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