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Number Theory Prime number and the coefficients of polynomial

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anemone

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Feb 14, 2012
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Hi,
I've got an equation stating p=a(r-1).
If p represents prime number and r is a positive integer, and a is a constant, what can we conclude for the constant a?
Like a $\in${-1, 1, -p, p}?
I suspect this has something to do with modular arithmetic...:confused:

Thanks.
 

awkward

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Feb 18, 2012
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About all we can say is that either
(1) a = 1 and r = p+1
or
(2) a = p and r = 2.
 

HallsofIvy

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Jan 29, 2012
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It has everything to do with the definition of "prime number"- a number whose only factors are 1 and itself. Thus giving awkwards response.