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You are not logged in. #1 20061113 03:57:17
Number powersI got a way to find the powers of a number. It's a very simple process..and I don't usually talk like that. You pick a number...say 6000. You would do this. I'm the chosen one...deal with it #2 20061113 05:29:48
Re: Number powersYep. It's call unique factorization of primes: "In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..." #3 20061113 05:36:50
Re: Number powersYes, prime factoring is very useful. Unfortunately, it starts to become less useful as numbers get bigger. Your 6000 is nice because it has many factors, but something like 58517, for example, is a lot harder to break down. Why did the vector cross the road? It wanted to be normal. #4 20061113 07:11:00
Re: Number powers
Maybe this is the case when you are asked to actually find the product of prime factors. But because you can state it in general, it is extremely useful for theoretical mathematics. "In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..." 