Just joined no experience before so this exercise is doing my head in. Here is what I have and it just loops. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
n=int (1) ##This will act as counter
s=int (3) ## A number to get us started
divs=int (2) ## Integers I will diving with.
while n<5: ## to ensure I kill at 1000th prime
while s%2 != 0: ## If its an even number it isnt prime
while divs

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Just joined no experience before so this exercise is doing my head in. Here is what I have and it just loops. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
n=int (1) ##This will act as counter
s=int (3) ## A number to get us started
divs=int (2) ## Integers I will diving with.
while n<5: ## to ensure I kill at 1000th prime
while s%2 != 0: ## If its an even number it isnt prime
while divs

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else: n= n+1
else: s = s+1
else: print s

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I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to do with the while ... else ... bits. I very rarely find a use case for while else, and in your specific case, I don't see how the innermost while loop will end since 3%n for every N in the natural numbers will never = 0.
Try restricting yourself to only using else for if statements, and I think you'll have an easier time wrapping your brain around the task.

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I need the slap face smiley!! Thank you for your patience.

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Also using a pastebin site like dpaste.com can make it easier to see/edit your code to get help.

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You might want to also limit the numerator to odd numbers, and the divisors to a certain value less than the numerator, otherwise it will do the calculation up to the numerator -1, which is not needed. See this website for a good explanation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sieve_of_Eratosthenes

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