Questions where prime numbers play a key-role, such as: questions on the distribution of prime numbers (twin primes, gaps between primes, Hardy–Littlewood conjectures, etc); questions on prime numbers with special properties (Wieferich prime, Wolstenholme prime, etc.). This tag is often used as a ...

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Why are solutions to $\sqrt[k]{x_1^k+x_2^k+x_3^k+x_4^k}$ for $k=2,3$ curiously smooth?

Given an integer solution $s_m$ to the system, $$x_1^2+x_2^2+\dots+x_n^2 = y^2$$ $$x_1^3+x_2^3+\dots+x_n^3 = z^3$$ and define the function, $$F(s_m) = x_1+x_2+\dots+x_n$$ For $n\geq3$, using an ...
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Are reduced residue systems relative primorials an active area of research? If not, why not?

As a math amateur, I am finding the study reduced residue systems relative a primorial a very interesting way to understand the distribution of primes. For example, it is fascinating to me that it is ...
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Uniform upper bound for the sum over primes $\sum_{p \leq x} p^{-1+\varepsilon}$

I am reading the article D. M. Gordon and C. Pomerance, The distribution of Lucas and elliptic pseudoprime, Math. Comp. (1991) (click). In equation (27) the authors, apparently, used the following ...
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Asymptotic limit of truncated Legendre sieve

Consider the truncated sum $$ S(x):=\sum_{\substack{{d\mid P(\sqrt{x})}\\{d\leq x}}}\mu(d)/d, $$ where $P(z)$ is the product of all primes less than or equal to $z$, and $\mu(d)$ is the Möbius ...
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A Polynomial With Positive Prime Density

Let $P(x)$ be a non-constant polynomial with real coefficients. Can natural density of $$\{n\ |\ \lfloor P(n)\rfloor \ \text{is prime.}\}$$ be positive?
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Squarefree part of a Mersenne number

Consider the Mersenne number; $M_p=2^p−1$. Let $M_p=a_pb^2_p$ where $a_p$ is positive, squarefree, and $p$ is prime. A chinese paper written by Le Maohua "“On Mersenne Numbers”" states that the ...
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Primes isolated by large gaps to either side

Say that the $n$-th prime $p_n$ is isolated to degree $k$ (my notation) if the prime gap to either side is larger than $\log p_n$ to the $k$-th power: \begin{eqnarray*} p_n - p_{n-1} & > & ...
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Primes as uncorrelated random variables [closed]

The heuristic justification section of the Wikipedia article about Goldbach's conjecture says that the argument that suggests that the number of twin primes below $x$ should be roughly $\dfrac{x}{\...
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A variant of Goldbach Conjecture

I'm asking if this variant of weak Goldbach's Conjecture is already known. Let $N$ be an odd number. Does there exists prime numbers $p_1$, $p_2$ and $p_3$ such that $p_1+p_2-p_3=N$? Ideally, can we ...
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Small quotients of smooth numbers

Assume that $N=2^k$, and let $\{n_1, \dots, n_N\}$ denote the set of square-free positive integers which are generated by the first $k$ primes, sorted in increasing order. Question: what is a good ...
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divisible by all standard prime numbers

This question is about prime numbers in nonstandard models of Peano Arithmetic. Every such model looks like N+AxZ, where A is a dense linear order without end points. There are many nonstandard ...
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Can integers be distorted to make primes more regular?

Given a set $P$ of real numbers $\ge 1$, define the gap among different products in $P$ as $$g(P) = \inf \big\{\prod_{i=1}^n p_i^{a_i} - \prod_{i=1}^n p_i^{b_i} \mid p_i\in P;\,\, p_i\ne p_j \,\text{ ...
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Generalization of Little Fermat Theorem for a particular $a$ and perfect shuffles

I'm looking for the smallest $n\in \mathbb{N}$ that solves the following equation: $$2^n=1 \mod m$$ For an odd $m$. I know that Little Fermat Theorem and Euler Totient give me a solution but they don'...
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What is the Complexity Class of the “Function Variant” of the Integer Factorization Problem?

I've been reading up a lot Prime Factorization and it's complexity, including a fair number of questions on this very site. However, I still feel there is a question still left unanswered. So, ...
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Infinite sums with Mobius Inversion : can we have uniform convergence of inversion formula?

My question is on Mobius inversion formula convergence/properties when used with infinite sums of function. Lets consider (on $\mathbb{R}^{+}$): $$S(x)= \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} f(nx)$$ We call $...
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Can you find squares in this class?

For a problem I am working over, I would like to prove that numbers of the following type are not squares $p(l^4+6l^2m^2-3m^4)$ where $p,l,m$ are integers an $p$ prime. I have already found various ...
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Which kind of subsets of primes one needs to generate a positive ratio of the natural numbers?

Not knowing elementary number theory well, I ask this one, which is not very clear to answer, rather I am looking for some results around this question or known theorems. The problem is the following: ...
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A set of integers whose factorial can be written as a product of two factorials

I am trying to collect informations concerning the set $$\mathcal{A}=\left\{n\in\mathbb{N} \mid (\exists k,l\in\{2,3,\dots,n-2\})(n!=k!l!)\right\}.$$ It seems not much is known about the set $\mathcal{...
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Asymptotic formula for $\prod_{p\leq x} (1-p^{-1})$ [closed]

Does there exists a good asymptotic formula for $$A(x) := \prod_{p\leq x}(1-\frac 1p).$$ By using a heuristic argument one can guess: $$A(x) \sim \frac{1}{2\,\mathrm{ln}(x)}.$$ Here is the argument:...
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Density of numbers whose prime factors all come from a fixed congruence class

Let $q$ be a positive integer greater than one, and let $a$ be an integer such that $\gcd(a,q) = 1$. Define $$D(a,q) = \{n \in \mathbb{N} : p | n \Rightarrow p \equiv a \pmod{q} \}.$$ Do we know the ...
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Is anything like $\phi(n)>\dfrac n{e^\gamma\log\log n},\ \sigma(n)<e^\gamma n\log\log n$ known/conjectured for the generalizations of these functions?

Is anything like $\dfrac n{\phi(n)}<\dfrac{\sigma(n)}n<e^\gamma\log\log n$ known/conjectured for the generalizations of these functions? Let $n=p_1^{a_1}\cdots p_t^{a_t}$ be the canonical prime ...
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Most dense subset of numbers that avoids arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions

The famous Green-Tao theorem says that there exist arbitrarily long sequences of primes in arithmetic progression. I am wondering: How dense can a subset $S \subset \mathbb{N}$ be and still avoid ...
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Best constant for Maier's theorem?

Maier proved that, for fixed $\lambda>1,$ $$ \limsup_{x\to\infty}\frac{\pi(x+\log^\lambda x)-\pi(x)}{\log^{\lambda-1}x}>1 $$ and in particular $$ \limsup_{x\to\infty}\frac{\pi(x+\log^\lambda x)-\...
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What is known about primes of the form x^2-2y^2?

David Cox's book Primes of The Form: $x^2+ny^2$ does a great job proving and motivating a lot of results for $n>0$. I was unable to find anything for negative numbers, let alone the case I am ...
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$n^3 | \sum_{i=1}^{n-1}\binom{n}{i}^2$ => $n | \sum_{i=1}^{n-1}\binom{n}{i}$?

For $n\in \mathbf{N}$ is $$n^3 \text{ divides } \sum_{i=1}^{n-1}\binom{n}{i}^2=\binom{n}{1}^2+\cdots +\binom{n}{n-1}^2$$ impling $$n \text{ divides } \sum_{i=1}^{n-1}\binom{n}{i}=\binom{n}{1}+\...
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logarithmic integral question

Define: $\operatorname{li}(x)=\int_{0}^{x}\dfrac{1}{\log(t)}\operatorname{d}t$. When does the following statement fail? With $\theta = 1 + \frac{1}{\operatorname{li}(x)}$, for $x \ge x_0$, $\...
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Primes that are sums of two squares with constraints on the squares

It is well known that there are infinitely many primes of the form $a^2+b^2$ (namely all primes congruent to $1$ modulo $4$). On the other hand, Euler raised the problem as to whether there are ...
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Generating primes with floor of a polynomial $[p(n)]$

Is there a polynomial $p(x)$ with real coefitients and degree at least one that $[p(n)]$ for everey natural number like $n$ be a prime? If yes, what is such a polynomial $p(x)$ and if no, how to ...
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Word complexity of primes mod 4

For an infinite binary word $w$, the word complexity $f_w(n)$ is defined as the number of different subwords of length $n$. The asymptotic behavior of this function is an important parameter of the ...
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Analog of Euler's factoring technique

Is there an analog of Euler's Two Squares factoring theorem over polynomial rings $\Bbb Z[x]$ by considering a version for non-negative polynomials? Euler's two squares factoring states that numbers ...
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How to calculate the sum of remainders of N?

I'm trying to sum the remainders when dividing N by numbers from 1 up to N $$\sum_{i = 1}^{N} N \bmod i$$ It's easy to write a program to evaluate the sum if N is small in O(N) but what if N is large ...
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Is there a hidden symmetry in the prime numbers distribution?

Under Goldbach's conjecture, let's consider once again the map $r_0\colon n\mapsto r_{0}(n)$ such that $r_{0}(n)$ is the smallest non negative integer $r$ such that both $n-r$ and $n+r$ are prime. Let'...
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Has this formula about prime gaps already been conjectured and/or proven?

While playing around with prime gaps, I found out that the following formula seems to be a rather good approximation of the ratio $\dfrac{p_{b}-p_{a}}{b-a}$ where $a<b$ are positive integers: $$H_{...
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Is $ a^2b^2-ab-ap$ a perfect square for suitable $a,b\in \mathbb{Z}^+$?

Consider the expression $$ a^2b^2-ab-ap\qquad (a,b\in \mathbb{Z}^+), $$ where $p\equiv1\pmod{4}$. Question. For every prime $p\equiv1\pmod{4}$ do there exist $a,b\in\mathbb{Z}^+$ such that $b\...
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Prime Number Theorem on APs under various conjectures

I'm trying to find the best asymptotic expansions for $\pi(x; a, q)$ in various states: Unconditionally we have \begin{equation} \pi(x; a, q) = \frac{\operatorname{li(x)}}{\phi(q)} + O\left(x \...
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A “Take a Square Root When You Can” conjecture related to the prime factorization

I would tend to think that the following has already been investigated. But as implied from the title, I have no idea how to even start looking for it. Let $P_n$ denote the sum of the squares of ...
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closed form for a series with binomials and primes

does the series $\sum_{n=0}^\infty p^n \binom{x}{p^n}$ have a closed form ? ($p$ prime) this is a special case of $\sum_{n=0}^\infty p^n \left(\sum_{k=p^n}^{p^{n+1}-1}a_k\binom{x}{k}\right)$ with the ...
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Conjecture on the square root of the sum of the squares of the prime factors of a number

Let $A_{n}$ denote the square root of the sum of the squares of the prime factors of $n$. For example, $A_{60}=\sqrt{2^2+2^2+3^2+5^2}\approx6.48$. I have recently made the following observations: ...
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Divergence of a series similar to $\sum\frac{1}{p}$

Suppose we start with $k$ primes $p_1,p_2,\ldots ,p_k$ (not necessarily consecutive) and a residue class for each prime $r_1,r_2,\ldots ,r_k$. We denote the least integer not covered by the arithmetic ...
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Is $n = p-q$ equivalent to Goldbach's Conjecture?

One open conjecture is that every even integer greater than two is the difference of two primes. (Some superficial discussion here.) Goldbach's conjecture states that every even integer greater than ...
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Any way to prove Prime Number Theorem using Hyperbolic Geometry? [closed]

The prime number theorem says that the density of prime numbers is inverse as the number of digits of $n$: $$\displaystyle \frac{\{1 \leq k \leq n : \text{ prime } \}}{n} \approx \frac{1}{\log n}$$ ...
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Prime divisors of $p^n+1$

Let $p$ be a rational prime and $n$ be a positive integer. It can be easily deduced from Zsigmondy's theorem that $p^n+1$ has a prime divisor greater than $2n$ except when $(p,n)=(2,3)$ or $(2^k-1,1)...
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Ruth-Aaron triples, etc

A Ruth-Aaron pair is two numbers $(n,n+1)$ such that their sum of prime factors is equal, counting repeated prime factors. (The name refers to Hank Aaron's 715 homeruns surpassing Babe Ruth's 714!) So ...
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Two (strictly related) proofs by induction of inequalities

This is a question I originally asked on MSE, receiving no answer, even with a bounty (which expired) on it. Therefore I am crosslinking in order to prevent duplication of effort: see here for the ...
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Primes $p=x^2+27y^2$ and Ramanujan's $x_1^{1/3} + x_2^{1/3} + x_3^{1/3}$

I was trying to generalize, $$\sqrt[3]{\sum_{k=0}^4\cos\big(\tfrac{2^k\cdot\,2\pi}{31}\big)}+\sqrt[3]{\sum_{k=0}^4\cos\big(\tfrac{2^k\cdot\,6\pi}{31}\big)}+\sqrt[3]{\sum_{k=0}^4\cos\big(\tfrac{2^k\...
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Prime labelling of graphs

A prime labeling of a graph is an injective function $f: V(G) \to \{1, 2, ..., |V(G)|\}$ such that for every pair of adjacent vertices $u$ and $v$, $\text{gcd}(f(u), f(v)) = 1$ (labels of any two ...
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Cardinality of the prime divisor set of a k-power sum

Let $a_{1},\dots,a_{n}$ be positive natural numbers ($n>2$) such that $a_{i}\neq a_{j}$ if $i\neq j$. I want to prove that $$ \left\lvert \left\{ p \text{ prime} \; : \; p \mid \sum_{i=1}^n a_{i}^{...
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Is there a known primitive recursive upper bound on the nth “Zhang prime”

(This question is pure curiosity. Feel free to close it if you feel it is not appropriate for mathoverflow.) In 2013 Zhang showed that there are infinitely many pairs of primes which are less that ...
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Have there been any new developments in the Firoozbakht conjecture? [duplicate]

Let $(p_{n})_{n∈ℕ}$ be the sequence of consecutive primes. In P. Ribenboim, The New Book of Prime Number Records, Springer-Verlag, 1995, page 185, the author says: A new conjecture by F. ...
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The divisors of $p-1$ and high-degree residues modulo $p$

Here is a somewhat more explicit version of a question that I asked a while ago. Suppose that $p$ is a prime of the form $p=2n(n+1)+1$, with a positive integer $n$. Can every odd prime divisor of $...