Category: Mathematics

Jan 05 2014

Primes – How high can we go?

If you look at the primes, they seem to go on forever! And thanks to amazing mathematicians from the past we know that they do! But HOW do we know that they actually do? How can you be sure there is a number after 97 that is prime?

Feb 05 2010

How to find a prime

Last week we talked about what a prime number is, but we didn’t talk about a good way of finding what number is prime and what is not [other than checking if any number less than p divides that number]. This area of finding out what number is prime has been a big problem for many mathematicians and still has a lot of unanswered questions. The world of mathematics is still looking for an easy way to calculate whether a number is prime or not with a simple formula.

Jan 25 2010

Prime Numbers

A prime number by definition is a number p>1 such that p has no positive integer divisors other than 1 and p.

Wait… What?

Dec 23 2009

Triangles – Fun Fact

Fun fact! In the real world, if you take a triangle and add up the angles, they can equal more than 180 degrees.

Dec 14 2009

Modulo

Modulo! Mod you who? Modulo: A complicated way to say remainder!

Dec 07 2009

Infinity

Say you have an infinite number of camels walking through the desert and a little baby camel is born, how many camels are there now? Surely there are still an infinite number, and surely since we added 1 more camel this infinity is greater than the original infinity. But is it even possible for infinity to be greater than infinity? So confusing!