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### Why Prime Numbers?

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Date: 10/21/2001 at 13:10:52
From: Veen Wong
Subject: Prime Numbers

What are prime numbers used for in math?
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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
archives for "Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic" (that exact phrase):

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Middle School Prime Numbers

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