Problem 618

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Problem 618

Post by bentaylortheonly » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:43 pm

Why does
Is that a mistake?

The prime factors of 6 are 2x3 which add up to 5
But why 5? The only prime factors of 5 are 1 and 5 which add up to 6, not 5.
I would have thought S(5) was just 6.
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Reason: Renaming for consistency

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Re: PE 618

Post by traxex » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:58 pm

The number 1 is not a prime. The only prime factor of 5 is itself, which is true for all primes.

Otherwise you would have 5 = 1*5 = 1*1*5 = ..., so the prime factorization would not be unique, which would complicate many definitions.

In the past 1 was often considered a prime. See Wikipedia for a bit of interesting history. Seems like Euler was ahead of his time in this as well.
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Re: PE 618

Post by LarryBlake » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:46 pm


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