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A Curious Way to Test for Primes Explained

by David M. Bradley (University of Maine)

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
June, 2009

Subject classification(s): Primes | Number Theory | Algebra and Number Theory
Applicable Course(s): 4.3 Number Theory

This note places a primality test developed by Dennis P. Walsh ("A curious test for primes," this Magazine 80(4), October 2007, 302-303) in context by providing increasingly simpler test functions.

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Capsule Course Topic(s):
Number Theory | Primes and Composites, Primality Testing
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