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How many prime numbers are squares?


Date: 01/09/97 at 21:22:58
From: Anonymous
Subject: Prime

Dear Dr. Math,

How many prime numbers are squares?

Eric


Date: 01/10/97 at 13:19:08
From: Doctor Wilkinson
Subject: Re: Prime

None.  A prime number is a whole number other than 1 that is not a 
product of smaller numbers.  A square, on the other hand, is always 
the product of a smaller number by itself, except for 1, which we 
don't count as a prime. 

For example:

 4 = 2 * 2
 9 = 3 * 3

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Elementary Number Sense/About Numbers
Elementary Prime Numbers

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