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Consecutive Primes (Posted on 2005-01-24) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Show that the sum of two consecutive odd primes has at least 3 (not necessarily distinct) prime factors. For example,

3+5=2*2*2
5+7=2*2*3
7+11=2*3*3

  Submitted by David Shin    
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Let p and q be consecutive odd primes. Since p+q is even, we may immediately factor p+q = 2*((p+q)/2). Furthermore, since ((p+q)/2) is a number strictly between p and q, and since there are no primes between p and q, we know that ((p+q)/2) has at least two prime factors. This makes at least 3 total prime factors.

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  Subject Author Date
Some ThoughtsSome thoughts on a particular caseK Sengupta2007-05-11 13:02:14
Some Thoughtsi goofedAdy TZIDON2005-01-24 19:54:49
Some Thoughtsre: at least 3 - WRONGe.g.2005-01-24 16:16:49
re: at least 3Tristan2005-01-24 15:47:57
Solutionat least 3Ady TZIDON2005-01-24 15:14:59
SolutionSolutionOld Original Oskar!2005-01-24 13:56:19
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