Hi,
I was aked to check whether 241 is prime or not. The time given was 40 sec. But I took a lot of time to determine this.
Is there any tricks avialble to quickly determine whether a number is prime or not?
Thanks!
Have you heard of the divisibility tests?
Divisibility rule - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Otherwise you can draw a factor tree:
Integer factorization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(see Prime Factorisation).
Hello,
First, see roughly that 15²=225, so if a prime number divides 241, it must be less than 16.
Immediate known rules exclude 2 (and hence any even number), 5, 3 & 9 (sum of numbers), 11 (we know that 21*11=231)
now there remain 7 and 13, that's all...
7*10=70, 7*30=210. So is 241-210=31 divisible by 7 ? No. So 7 doesn't divide 241.
13*20=260. So is 260-241=19 divisible by 13 ? No. So 13 doesn't divide 13.
So 241 is a prime number
(took me less than 30 sec to find it out, so it's feasible)