Prime Numbers

What is a prime number?

Any integer that is greater than one is called a prime number if its only positive divisors (factors) are one and itself. For an example the first six prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, and 13.

Why calculate prime numbers?

The main reason people find these is for the fame! Many mathematicians think it would be great to discover a large prime number. You can also be rewarded for finding a prime number. www.eff.org posted this offer: $50,000 to the first individual or group who discovers a prime number with at least 1,000,000 decimal digits (awarded Apr. 6, 2000) $100,000 to the first individual or group who discovers a prime number with at least 10,000,000 decimal digits (awarded Oct. 22, 2009) $150,000 to the first individual or group who discovers a prime number with at least 100,000,000 decimal digits $250,000 to the first individual or group who discovers a prime number with at least 1,000,000,000 decimal digits Now what are you waiting for go find those primes!!

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