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

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Chergarj

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

G C



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