
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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