# primes

primes

Prime numbers less than one million

• The Number of Elements in a Finite Field is a Power of a Prime Number Let $\F$ be a finite field of characteristic $p$. Prove that the number of elements of $\F$ is $p^n$ for some positive integer $n$. Proof. First note that since $\F$ is a finite field, the characteristic of $\F$ must be a prime number $p$. Then $\F$ contains the […]
• Even Perfect Numbers and Mersenne Prime Numbers Prove that if $2^n-1$ is a Mersenne prime number, then $N=2^{n-1}(2^n-1)$ is a perfect number. On the other hand, prove that every even perfect number $N$ can be written as $N=2^{n-1}(2^n-1)$ for some Mersenne prime number $2^n-1$.   Definitions. In this post, a […]
• Mathematics About the Number 2018 Happy New Year 2018!! Here are several mathematical facts about the number 2018.   Is 2018 a Prime Number? The number 2018 is an even number, so in particular 2018 is not a prime number. The prime factorization of 2018 is $2018=2\cdot 1009.$ Here $2$ and $1009$ are […]
• A Simple Abelian Group if and only if the Order is a Prime Number Let $G$ be a group. (Do not assume that $G$ is a finite group.) Prove that $G$ is a simple abelian group if and only if the order of $G$ is a prime number.   Definition. A group $G$ is called simple if $G$ is a nontrivial group and the only normal subgroups of $G$ is […]
• A Rational Root of a Monic Polynomial with Integer Coefficients is an Integer Suppose that $\alpha$ is a rational root of a monic polynomial $f(x)$ in $\Z[x]$. Prove that $\alpha$ is an integer.   Proof. Suppose that $\alpha=\frac{p}{q}$ is a rational number in lowest terms, that is, $p$ and $q$ are relatively prime […]
• Polynomial $x^4-2x-1$ is Irreducible Over the Field of Rational Numbers $\Q$ Show that the polynomial $f(x)=x^4-2x-1$ is irreducible over the field of rational numbers $\Q$.   Proof. We use the fact that $f(x)$ is irreducible over $\Q$ if and only if $f(x+a)$ is irreducible for any $a\in \Q$. We prove that the polynomial $f(x+1)$ is […]
• Sylow Subgroups of a Group of Order 33 is Normal Subgroups Prove that any $p$-Sylow subgroup of a group $G$ of order $33$ is a normal subgroup of $G$.   Hint. We use Sylow's theorem. Review the basic terminologies and Sylow's theorem. Recall that if there is only one $p$-Sylow subgroup $P$ of $G$ for a fixed prime $p$, then $P$ […]
• Normal Subgroups, Isomorphic Quotients, But Not Isomorphic Let $G$ be a group. Suppose that $H_1, H_2, N_1, N_2$ are all normal subgroup of $G$, $H_1 \lhd N_2$, and $H_2 \lhd N_2$. Suppose also that $N_1/H_1$ is isomorphic to $N_2/H_2$. Then prove or disprove that $N_1$ is isomorphic to $N_2$.   Proof. We give a […]