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## sauravshakya 3 years ago How to prove 1111111111111111111 is a prime number.

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1. kwaldman

LOL divide it by every number up to that number. There's an faster way though if you don't wanna spend all your time do that. ;)

2. estudier
3. sauravshakya

But I see no proof there.

4. estudier

Me either, just a lot of commentary about how people spend a lot of computer time trying to show that some repunits are prime. If there is a prime number of digits (19 in this case) then it is a candidate (necessary but not sufficient condition).

5. benzilla

To find a prime number you have to test all the prime roots up to the number that would be the square which would be just higher than the number tested. For example if we test 101, we would go up to 11. The square of 11 is 121 so if there are any higher roots there would also need to be corresponding lower roots. Still a daunting task because you will need to test up to 10 digits. Here is a little series of numbers which will help you. See if you see the pattern. 101 prime, 111…….3, 121…….7, 131……prime, 141…….3, 151…….prime, 161…….7, 171…….3, 181…….prime, 191…….prime, 201…….3, 211…….prime, 221…….13, 231…….3, 241…….prime, 251…….prime, 261…….3, 271…….prime, 281…….prime, 291…….3, 301…….7, 311……..prime, 321……..3, 331…….prime Cut and paste these and make them vertical. It is easier to see the pattern. These are the first primes from 101 to 331 that end in 1. Good luck

6. ParthKohli

In[1]:= PrimeQ[1111111111111111111] Out[1]:= True

7. sauravshakya

But that is still a very tough task @benzilla

8. CliffSedge

Fermat's Little Theorem and proof by contradiction?

9. CliffSedge

Seems unfeasible for a number so large, but if you have some hefty computing power . . .

10. benzilla

A little more help: This chart shows you all the smallest prime roots of series of 1's up to 19. This will help but to prove you need to do a little research. It is not as much number crunching as you may think. 2) 11…prime 3) 111……..3 4) 1111……11 5) 11111…...41 6) 111111…..3 7) 1111111….239 8) 11111111…..11 9) 111111111….3 10) 1111111111…..11 11) 11111111111….21649 12) 111111111111…..3 13) 1111111111111…..53 14) 11111111111111….11 15) 111111111111111…3 16) 1111111111111111….11 17) 11111111111111111….2071723 18) 111111111111111111….3 19) 1111111111111111111…prime 20) 11111111111111111111.....11 21) 111111111111111111111...3

11. estudier

I guess the conclusion is that there is only proof by computer (via some algorithm).

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