Why Prime Numbers?Date: 10/21/2001 at 13:10:52 From: Veen Wong Subject: Prime Numbers What are prime numbers used for in math? Date: 10/21/2001 at 21:11:23 From: Doctor Paul Subject: Re: Prime Numbers Prime numbers constitute the "building blocks" of all integers because each integer has a unique prime factorization - that is, every integer can be factored into a product of powers of prime numbers. For example: 84 = 2*2*3*7 This property of prime numbers is called the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic. If you want more information about it, try searching our archives for "Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic" (that exact phrase): Search Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/mathgrepform.html - Doctor Paul, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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