Questions on the number-theoretic functionality of Mathematica.

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What is so special about Prime?

When we try to evaluate Prime on big numbers (e.g. 10^13) we encounter the following issue : ...
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Factorisation diagrams

Here is a way to visualize the factorisation of natural numbers. How do we get this or a similar kind of output using Mathematica? See the list of images generated for number from 1 to 36:
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Finding long strings of identical digits in transcendental numbers

Introduction Describing the three main streams of present-day mathematical philosophy (formalism, Platonism and intuitionism) in a well-known book, The Emperor's New Mind, R. Penrose says: ...it ...
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efficient way to count the number of zeros at the (right) end of a very large number

If I want to count the number of zeros at the (right) end of a large number, like $12345!$, I can use something like: Length[Last[Split[IntegerDigits[12345!]]]] ...
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Why does Mathematica claim there is no even prime?

I wonder if this is a bug, or if I'm misunderstanding something: Exists[n, EvenQ[n] && PrimeQ[n]] // Resolve (* ==> False *) So if I interpret this ...
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Integers which are the sum of both two and three consecutive squares

This is a math problem I came across the other day: $365$ can be written as a sum of two and also three consecutive perfect squares: $365=14^2+13^2=12^2+11^2+10^2$ What is the next ...
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Semi prime numbers

The high school textbook I am using has the example of semi-prime numbers. They wanted students to find (by "perspiration") all the semi-prime numbers less than $50$ (for a question on set theory). ...
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Why does iterating Prime in reverse order require much more time?

Say I would like to display the $10$ greatest primes that are less than $10^5$. I could do the following: ...
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How to know if a number is the square of a rational?

I'm pretty new with Mathematica and I was looking for a way to know whether a number is a square of a rational. I thought of Head[Sqrt[myNumber]] == Rational ...
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Fastest square number test

What is the fastest possible square number test in Mathematica 7, both for machine size and big integers? I presume in version 8 the fastest will be a dedicated C LibraryLink function.
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What is the confidence limit on this convergence?

When I run this, Product[n^MoebiusMu[n],{n,1,Infinity}] I get $\frac{1}{4 \pi^{2}}$ Over on Math Overflow they are saying it shouldn't happen. So, how do ...
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How to find lattice points on a line segment?

How do I find points on the line segment joining {-4, 11} and {16, -1} whose coordinates are positive integers?
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Double series over primes

I'm very curious if the following double series over primes has a closed form: $$\sum_{k \in \mathcal{P}}\sum_{n \in \mathcal{P}}\frac{1}{k\;n(k+n)^2}$$ where $\mathcal{P}$ denotes the set of all ...
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Next highly composite number?

R language has this function 'nextn' (link) which computes the next highly composite number greater than a given one, which is used to find the optimal padding size for the subsequent FFT operation. ...
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the more effective method to find 21 digits armstrong number

In recreational number theory, a narcissistic number (also known as a pluperfect digital invariant (PPDI), an Armstrong number(after Michael F. Armstrong) or a plus perfect number) is a number that is ...
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Find the minimum integer r such that $(10^r - 1)/37$ is an integer

I know Element[(10^r - 1)/37, Integers] tests the condition. So what is the command that gives me the minimum integer value r ...
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FiniteFields package is very slow. Any fast substitute for Mathematica?

I want to compute the inverse of matrix, say with dimensions $100 \times 100$, defined over a large finite field extension such as $GF(2^{120})$. I am using the package FiniteFields, but Mathematica's ...
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Does Mathematica use the Elliptic Curve Method (ECM) in FactorInteger[]?

I'm not a mathematician, and I'm not even going to pretend that I understand anything of the ECM. But I know it can be a fast method for factorization. I benchmarked the factorization of ...
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Generate PrimePower counting function

Is there a way to generate a counting function for prime powers - i.e. to create a similar function to PrimePi, but including prime powers. The following will, of ...
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Testing for primality in quadratic rings?

Testing for primality in $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-1}]$ in Mathematica is easy: PrimeQ[n, GaussianIntegers -> True] But how can I test for primality in, say, ...
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Counting the zeros in a factorial expansion [closed]

A number, as big as 1000! (! = factorial) is given. I need to find how many zeros are there in the number. I counted the no of terminal zeros by dividing 5, 25, 125, ... (untill fifth power < ...
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Implementing the Farey sequence efficiently

There is of course the silly implementation: FareySequence[n_] := Union[Flatten[Table[j/i, {i, 1, n}, {j, 0, i}]]] However, there are numerous properties and ...
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Write any positive integer as a sum of squares

With n = 17 I would like to get {4, 1} and with n = 999 {31, 6, 1, 1} so that, for example, ...
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Evaluate continued fraction

Mathematica has the ContinuedFraction[] function to give the continued fraction expansion of a rational (or approximation of a real) number. I'm interested in the ...
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A problem about fixed point iteration theory

Description Recently, I have been learning a couse called "Numerical Analysis". The fixed point iteration theory was introducted to solve the ...
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Implementing Remainder Tree

I want to implement Remainder Tree based on this. With the answers on SE I've come up with: ...
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Better answer to Santa's riddle about sum of a number's divisors?

I was hoping to find an elegant solution to this riddle, using only a line or two of Mathematica: Santa Claus was telling one of his elves: "If I multiply the age of three of my reindeer, I get ...
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Doing computations in a modulo ring

I need to perform some computations in a modulo ring, like Mod[Subfactorial[n], m] Mod[Binomial[n, k], m] However, this is obviously much too slow for large ...
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How could I implement the equivalent of NextPrime

I would like to know what an implementation of the function NextPrime would look like if it were implemented in Mathematica's core language.
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How can I program the RiemannR function using the LogIntegral command?

I would like to program the RiemannR function using the LogIntegral command because I would like to later experiment with a ...
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Perfect numbers

The question given to me: a. Find the perfect numbers between $1$ and $10^6$ b: Find the abundant numbers between $1$ and $1000$ For a, I wrote ...
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Conveying density of 5-smooth (Hamming) numbers

A number is 5-smooth if its only prime factors are 2, 3 or 5. Example: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, … Interesting thing is that as they become larger ...
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Von Mangoldt function

Can anybody evaluate the following sum for me $$ \sum\limits_{n=2}^\infty(-1)^n\left(\frac{\psi(n)}{n}-\frac{\Lambda(n)}{2n}\right) $$ where $\psi(n)$ is the Chebyshev function and $\Lambda(n)$ is ...
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Approximation to the prime counting function

Is there a function similar to PrimePi that gives approximate value for large numbers? In particular, I need a reasonably good approximation for $\pi(x)$, where ...
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Implementation of the Polynomial Chinese Remainder Theorem

I would like an implementation of the Chinese Remainder Theorem for polynomials in $\mathbb{Z}[x]$, that is, a function ...
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How does Mathematica calculate the nth prime?

When I enter Prime[2000000000000], the two-trillionth prime, Mathematica gives 61427839512211 for the answer after several ...
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Which DirichletCharacter is KroneckerSymbol?

If $d$ is a fundamental discriminant, KroneckerSymbol[d,n] is a Dirichlet character modulo $|d|$. Which one is it? If $d>0$ is a prime $\equiv 1\bmod 4$, then ...
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Ruth-Aaron quadruple challenge

This a computational challenge, to find an efficient algorithm to discover a quadruple $(n,n+1,n+2,n+3)$ with the same sum of prime factors as described in the MO question, "Ruth-Aaron triples, etc." ...
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FactorInteger over UFDs

How can I factor 'integers' over other quadratic number fields (not just gaussian integers). For instance, how could I factor $7 = (3 + ω)(2 − ω)$ over Eisenstein integers ($ω = \frac{-1+ I ...
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Simplifying expressions involving Divisible

FullSimplify[ Divisible[p^2 - 1, 24] , Element[p, Primes] && p > 3] Should evaluate to True, but I get ...
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Triangular numbers boolean function

I read the new book by Paul Wellin Programming in Mathematica. There is an exercise about triangular numbers. (The n-th triangular number is defined as the sum of ...
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What is the formula for this numerical series?

I'm developing a questions game. My goal is that the score for each correct answer will increase as the user answers more questions. Initially there are 15 points for each correct answer. Every 4 ...
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Generating Z^*_n

I'm using Mathematica to illustrate basic number theory concepts in a graduate cryptography class. To generate elements of the multiplicative group of integers modulo $n$, i.e. $\mathbb{Z}^*_n$, I can ...
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Code for (a,b) with gcd(a,b)=1?

I am trying to make a big table that includes all ordered pairs (a,b) with a (1,2) (1,3) (2,3) (1,4) (3,4) (1,5) (2,5) (3,5) (4,5) (1,6) (5,6) ... Any ideas? Thanks!
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Negative Continued Fraction of a Rational

The $n^{\text{th}}$ negative continued fraction convergent $x_n$ of a positive real $x$ is computed by the nested function \begin{align} x_n = k_1 - \frac{1}{k_2 - \frac{1}{k_3 - \dots - ...
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Function to Determine Lucky Numbers

Given a list of the form {1, 3, 5, 7, ...}, the lucky numbers are obtained by looking at the first list element after 1 (so 3 in this case), and deleting all list ...
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Generating a list of all factorizations

What is the best way to generate a list of all factorizations of some number $n$? I'm quite new to Mathematica so this might be obvious. I have been trying some basic stuff with ...
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How to calculate the residue of $1/f(z)$ at a numerical approximation to a root of $f(z)$?

The input Residue[1/DirichletL[19,10,s],{s,s0}] gives 0 even when s0 is a root. For ...
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Finding the largest integer that cannot be partitioned in a certain way

I want to use Mathematica to solve the problem: Find the maximum $k$ such that $6x+9y+20z=k$ does not have a non-negative solution. I tried FrobeniusSolve. ...
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Parallel PowerMod

Is there anyway to parallelize the PowerMod function? Here is my Left-To-Right modular exponentation: ...