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# What is the prime numbers?

Updated: 4/28/2022

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Any number that only has one and itself as factors is prime. Therefore, to tell if a number is prime simply find it's factors. If it has more than two factors than it is not a Prime number.
The formal definition of a prime number is an integer which has exactly two unique natural number factors. Though this may seem like gibberish, its true meaning is any number which has only two positive factors, but both factors must be different. Generally this means that the factors of a prime number are itself and one. Take 13 for instance. No two whole numbers multiply to get 13 except 1 and 13. 2 is the only even prime number because all other prime numbers are divisible by 2. 1 is not a prime number because it only has one unique factor: 1.

Prime numbers are defined by the characteristic of only being divisible by 1 and itself. Here is a list of the first 1000 prime numbers:

2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23 29

31 37 41 43 47 53 59 61 67 71

73 79 83 89 97 101 103 107 109 113

127 131 137 139 149 151 157 163 167 173

179 181 191 193 197 199 211 223 227 229

233 239 241 251 257 263 269 271 277 281

283 293 307 311 313 317 331 337 347 349

353 359 367 373 379 383 389 397 401 409

419 421 431 433 439 443 449 457 461 463

467 479 487 491 499 503 509 521 523 541

547 557 563 569 571 577 587 593 599 601

607 613 617 619 631 641 643 647 653 659

661 673 677 683 691 701 709 719 727 733

739 743 751 757 761 769 773 787 797 809

811 821 823 827 829 839 853 857 859 863

877 881 883 887 907 911 919 929 937 941

947 953 967 971 977 983 991 997 1009 1013

1019 1021 1031 1033 1039 1049 1051 1061 1063 1069

1087 1091 1093 1097 1103 1109 1117 1123 1129 1151

1153 1163 1171 1181 1187 1193 1201 1213 1217 1223

1229 1231 1237 1249 1259 1277 1279 1283 1289 1291

1297 1301 1303 1307 1319 1321 1327 1361 1367 1373

1381 1399 1409 1423 1427 1429 1433 1439 1447 1451

1453 1459 1471 1481 1483 1487 1489 1493 1499 1511

1523 1531 1543 1549 1553 1559 1567 1571 1579 1583

1597 1601 1607 1609 1613 1619 1621 1627 1637 1657

1663 1667 1669 1693 1697 1699 1709 1721 1723 1733

1741 1747 1753 1759 1777 1783 1787 1789 1801 1811

1823 1831 1847 1861 1867 1871 1873 1877 1879 1889

1901 1907 1913 1931 1933 1949 1951 1973 1979 1987

1993 1997 1999 2003 2011 2017 2027 2029 2039 2053

2063 2069 2081 2083 2087 2089 2099 2111 2113 2129

2131 2137 2141 2143 2153 2161 2179 2203 2207 2213

2221 2237 2239 2243 2251 2267 2269 2273 2281 2287

2293 2297 2309 2311 2333 2339 2341 2347 2351 2357

2371 2377 2381 2383 2389 2393 2399 2411 2417 2423

2437 2441 2447 2459 2467 2473 2477 2503 2521 2531

2539 2543 2549 2551 2557 2579 2591 2593 2609 2617

2621 2633 2647 2657 2659 2663 2671 2677 2683 2687

2689 2693 2699 2707 2711 2713 2719 2729 2731 2741

2749 2753 2767 2777 2789 2791 2797 2801 2803 2819

2833 2837 2843 2851 2857 2861 2879 2887 2897 2903

2909 2917 2927 2939 2953 2957 2963 2969 2971 2999

3001 3011 3019 3023 3037 3041 3049 3061 3067 3079

3083 3089 3109 3119 3121 3137 3163 3167 3169 3181

3187 3191 3203 3209 3217 3221 3229 3251 3253 3257

3259 3271 3299 3301 3307 3313 3319 3323 3329 3331

3343 3347 3359 3361 3371 3373 3389 3391 3407 3413

3433 3449 3457 3461 3463 3467 3469 3491 3499 3511

3517 3527 3529 3533 3539 3541 3547 3557 3559 3571

3581 3583 3593 3607 3613 3617 3623 3631 3637 3643

3659 3671 3673 3677 3691 3697 3701 3709 3719 3727

3733 3739 3761 3767 3769 3779 3793 3797 3803 3821

3823 3833 3847 3851 3853 3863 3877 3881 3889 3907

3911 3917 3919 3923 3929 3931 3943 3947 3967 3989

4001 4003 4007 4013 4019 4021 4027 4049 4051 4057

4073 4079 4091 4093 4099 4111 4127 4129 4133 4139

4153 4157 4159 4177 4201 4211 4217 4219 4229 4231

4241 4243 4253 4259 4261 4271 4273 4283 4289 4297

4327 4337 4339 4349 4357 4363 4373 4391 4397 4409

4421 4423 4441 4447 4451 4457 4463 4481 4483 4493

4507 4513 4517 4519 4523 4547 4549 4561 4567 4583

4591 4597 4603 4621 4637 4639 4643 4649 4651 4657

4663 4673 4679 4691 4703 4721 4723 4729 4733 4751

4759 4783 4787 4789 4793 4799 4801 4813 4817 4831

4861 4871 4877 4889 4903 4909 4919 4931 4933 4937

4943 4951 4957 4967 4969 4973 4987 4993 4999 5003

5009 5011 5021 5023 5039 5051 5059 5077 5081 5087

5099 5101 5107 5113 5119 5147 5153 5167 5171 5179

5189 5197 5209 5227 5231 5233 5237 5261 5273 5279

5281 5297 5303 5309 5323 5333 5347 5351 5381 5387

5393 5399 5407 5413 5417 5419 5431 5437 5441 5443

5449 5471 5477 5479 5483 5501 5503 5507 5519 5521

5527 5531 5557 5563 5569 5573 5581 5591 5623 5639

5641 5647 5651 5653 5657 5659 5669 5683 5689 5693

5701 5711 5717 5737 5741 5743 5749 5779 5783 5791

5801 5807 5813 5821 5827 5839 5843 5849 5851 5857

5861 5867 5869 5879 5881 5897 5903 5923 5927 5939

5953 5981 5987 6007 6011 6029 6037 6043 6047 6053

6067 6073 6079 6089 6091 6101 6113 6121 6131 6133

6143 6151 6163 6173 6197 6199 6203 6211 6217 6221

6229 6247 6257 6263 6269 6271 6277 6287 6299 6301

6311 6317 6323 6329 6337 6343 6353 6359 6361 6367

6373 6379 6389 6397 6421 6427 6449 6451 6469 6473

6481 6491 6521 6529 6547 6551 6553 6563 6569 6571

6577 6581 6599 6607 6619 6637 6653 6659 6661 6673

6679 6689 6691 6701 6703 6709 6719 6733 6737 6761

6763 6779 6781 6791 6793 6803 6823 6827 6829 6833

6841 6857 6863 6869 6871 6883 6899 6907 6911 6917

6947 6949 6959 6961 6967 6971 6977 6983 6991 6997

7001 7013 7019 7027 7039 7043 7057 7069 7079 7103

7109 7121 7127 7129 7151 7159 7177 7187 7193 7207

7211 7213 7219 7229 7237 7243 7247 7253 7283 7297

7307 7309 7321 7331 7333 7349 7351 7369 7393 7411

7417 7433 7451 7457 7459 7477 7481 7487 7489 7499

7507 7517 7523 7529 7537 7541 7547 7549 7559 7561

7573 7577 7583 7589 7591 7603 7607 7621 7639 7643

7649 7669 7673 7681 7687 7691 7699 7703 7717 7723

7727 7741 7753 7757 7759 7789 7793 7817 7823 7829

7841 7853 7867 7873 7877 7879 7883 7901 7907 7919

From the chart, you will see that all even numbers (except for 2) are not prime since they are all divisible by 2 and another number besides 1.

Prime numbers comprise an infinite list of numbers.
Prime numbers are numbers which has no other factors except 1 and itself.
prime numbers are numbers that aren't divisible be anything....please don't think that prime numbers must be odd because that isn't true....9 IS an odd number, but it is divisible by 3 so that makes it ancomposite number which means it can be divisible by a number....
A prime number (or a prime) is a natural number that has exactly two distinct natural number divisors: 1 and itself.

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prime numbers are those numbers who have no common factors except 1.

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