Re: Help with Twin Primes
- --- In primenumbers@y..., "jbrennen" <jack@b...> wrote:
> All perfect numbers greater than 6 are congruent to 1 (modulo 3)Before somebody corrects me on this, let me rephrase:
All EVEN perfect numbers greater than 6 are congruent
to 1 (modulo 3).
Obviously, an odd perfect number (if such exists) cannot be the
number in the middle of a twin prime pair.
As a side note, there are probably no odd perfect numbers, so
the original statement was probably true, but until somebody
proves the nonexistence of odd perfect numbers, I must watch
- On Mon, 01 Apr 2002 21:38:27 -0000, you wrote:
>I am looking for all twin primes such that their arithmetic mean is aThere aren't any others.
>If 5 and 7 are our primes then 6 is our arithmetic mean.
>Thank you for your help.
[Apologies to the real mathematicians for the standard of the proof. I
hope the logic is clear]
Given that these 3 numbers must be adjacent integers, then one of them
must be divisible by 3. Neither of the primes is 3 (because no number
adjacent to this is perfect), so it must be the perfect number that is
divisible by 3. It must be an even perfect number (because otherwise the
primes would both be even) and is therefore the product of a power of
two and a Mersenne prime. Obviously a power of two is not divisible by
three and so the Mersenne prime must be 3. And the only perfect number
of this form is 6, which gives you the solution you already have.
Steve nice but dim