A lab that I found interesting in the textbook was the Prime Numbers lab. Prime numbers are numbers that cannot be divided by any number other than one and itself. Because any number can be written as a product of prime numbers, prime numbers are basically the building blocks of arithmetic. Even though one cannot be divided by any number other than itself, it is not considered a prime number due to mere convenience because every number would have one as one of its prime multipliers which would be tedious. Yay, simplicity!

One question in this lab involves finding a proof that there are infinitely many prime numbers. This has always been a complicated question in the realm of mathematics!

Because prime numbers are such a fundamental and important group of numbers, I find it interesting to learn more about them for it always leads to learning more about the natural numbers in general. I can’t wait to see what labs others are interested in on Wednesday!

Sarah DevoreIt’s nice to find a kindred spirit in the world of primes. Besides the simplicity of primes (or I think of it as the elegance of primes), what is the thing that most intrigues you about studying prime numbers? I’m a big fan of its applications to cryptology and number theory. Hopefully we’ll get to work together on this lab.

lukewarrenI would be interested to find out how this lab explores primes. Possibly their uses? What implications does the definition have? I’d be interested in learning more.