Prime Gaps
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Ivars Peterson (MathLand)  
A prime is a whole number (other than 1) that is evenly divisible only by itself and 1. That simple definition leads to following sequence of numbers: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 89, 97, 101, and so on. One of the mysteries of primes concerns their distribution. Generally speaking, primes become more scarce as the numbers get larger. In other words, as the numbers of the sequence increase, the intervals between primes get longer on the average, though in a somewhat irregular fashion.  


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Math Topics:  Prime Numbers, Sequences and Sets 
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