Numbers

“What are Significant Figures?”, “What are they used for?”, “What is their significance?” Students often ask these questions because why would you want to identify significant numbers, if you can do mathematical calculations without them, right? Where the idea of using significant figures might come off as unnecessary, it is a crucial concept that you need to learn if you want to improve the accuracy and

My mobile number is a prime number

My personal mobile number 9565804301 is a prime number. What is a prime number? Any integer p greater than 1 is called a prime number if and only if its positive factors are 1 and the number p itself. In other words, the natural numbers which are completely divisible by 1 and themselves only and have no other factors, are called prime numbers. 2 , 3,5,7,11,13…  etc. are prime numbers [or just Primes].

Smart Fallacies: i=1, 1= 2 and 1= 3

This mathematical fallacy is due to a simple assumption, that $ -1=\dfrac{-1}{1}=\dfrac{1}{-1}$ . Proceeding with $ \dfrac{-1}{1}=\dfrac{1}{-1}$ and taking square-roots of both sides, we get: $ \dfrac{\sqrt{-1}}{\sqrt{1}}=\dfrac{\sqrt{1}}{\sqrt{-1}}$ Now, as the Euler’s constant $ i= \sqrt{-1}$ and $ \sqrt{1}=1$ , we can have $ \dfrac{i}{1}=\dfrac{1}{i} \ldots \{1 \}$ $ \Rightarrow i^2=1 \ldots \{2 \}$ . This is complete contradiction to the fact that $ i^2=-1$ . Again,

“Irrational numbers are those real numbers which are not rational numbers!” Def.1: Rational Number A rational number is a real number which can be expressed in the form of where $ a$ and $ b$ are both integers relatively prime to each other and $ b$ being non-zero. Following two statements are equivalent to the definition 1. 1. $ x=\frac{a}{b}$ is rational if and only if

Numbers – The Basic Introduction

If mathematics was a language, logic was the grammar, numbers should have been the alphabet. There are many types of numbers we use in mathematics, but at a broader aspect we may categorize them in two categories: 1. Countable Numbers 2. Uncountable Numbers The numbers which can be counted in nature are called Countable Numbers and the numbers which can not be counted are called Uncountable

Fermat Numbers

Fermat Numbers, a class of numbers, are the integers of the form $ F_n=2^{2^n} +1 \ \ n \ge 0$ . For example: Putting $ n := 0,1,2 \ldots$ in $ F_n=2^{2^n}$ we get $ F_0=3$ , $ F_1=5$ , $ F_2=17$ , $ F_3=257$ etc. Fermat observed that all the integers $ F_0, F_1, F_2, F_3, \ldots$ were prime numbers and announced that $ F_n$

Two Interesting Math Problems

Problem1: Smallest Autobiographical Number: A number with ten digits or less is called autobiographical if its first digit (from the left) indicates the number of zeros it contains,the second digit the number of ones, third digit number of twos and so on. For example: 42101000 is autobiographical. Find, with explanation, the smallest autobiographical number. Solution of Problem 1 Problem 2: Fit Rectangle: A rectangle has dimensions

The Collatz Conjecture : Unsolved but Useless

The Collatz Conjecture is one of the Unsolved problems in mathematics, especially in Number Theory. The Collatz Conjecture is also termed as 3n+1 conjecture, Ulam Conjecture, Kakutani’s Problem, Thwaites Conjecture, Hasse’s Algorithm, Syracuse Problem. Statement: Start with any positive integer. • Halve it, if it is even. Or • triple it and add 1, if it is odd. If you keep repeating this procedure, you shall

Largest Prime Numbers

What is a Prime Number? An integer, say $ p $ , [ $ \ne {0} $ & $ \ne { \pm{1}} $ ] is said to be a prime integer iff its only factors (or divisors) are $ \pm{1} $ & $ \pm{p} $ . As? Few easy examples are: $ \pm{2}, \pm{3}, \pm{5}, \pm{7}, \pm{11}, \pm{13} $ …….etc. This list goes up to infinity