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13yrsold
 3 years ago
How do you compute prime numbers
13yrsold
 3 years ago
How do you compute prime numbers

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kgiax
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2You check to see if the only number that can divide evenly into it are 1 and itself.

dmancine
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0That's the mathematical definition. As far as writing a program, you know that 1 and itself already divide it, so you check to see that each of 2 through itself1 DON'T divide it. (You can actually stop before itself1, but don't worry about that until you get your code working correctly.) And just a hint, first write the code to test if a single number is prime, and test it. THEN write the code that finds multiple primes.

kgiax
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2Yeah I was just being a wiseass really. He said "compute" and that could really just be "how do I do it on a calculator". But even if he's asking how do you write a program that does it, the answer is the same: you write code that takes a number and checks to see if it only divides evenly by 1 and itself (though yeah, logically you'd do that in reverse like you said). If he doesn't know how to do that, either he should be more specific so we can answer the question better, or maybe he should just reread the material/rewatch the lecture. It's way too broad a question, is what I'm nitpicking basically.

dmancine
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Yes, but his name says he's only 13, and I don't remember when I learned about prime numbers, but it's possible he doesn't know. Actually, I didn't read your response as wiseass. I guess I've learned to read things on the web as sincere. Either way, I think he knows what a prime number is now.
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