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Old 2018-01-02, 11:11   #6
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Originally Posted by George M View Post
I made a conjecture, but don’t know how to prove it. Perhaps it could be related to Mersenne Primes?

Consider A =\{all \ divisors \ of \ x \in \mathbb{N}\}.

If x = \prod_{m=1}^{k}p_m then n(A) = 2^k.

This is to say, if a natural number (positive integer) x is equal to the product of the 1st prime, the 2nd prime, the 3rd prime, and so on, until the k-th prime, then the amount of all the divisors of x (including 1 and x) will be equal to 2^k.

How must we go about proving this? If we do, perhaps we could build an algorithm to find a prime value for k such that 2^k - 1 is prime.
Hi George M

When I was working/playing around with "perfect even numbers" related to mersenne numbers and Euclid's related proof -

that when 2^k-1 is prime, the equation 2^(k-1)*(2^k-1) would produce an (even) perfect number, e.g for M5, this would give the perfect number (31)*(16)=496 [Euler proved the converse...that all perfect numbers have that form.....source ]

Definition of a perfect number being......

Breaking this up a bit, I tabulated the following listing of this equation of Euclid, for all mersenne (odd) numbers to any selected odd number;

(2^1-1)*[2^(1-1)] = 00001* 00001 = 00001
(2^2-1)*[2^(2-1)] = 00003* 00002 = 00006.....prf factors(006) 1,2 -- 3,6...................004 terms ~ 2x n
(2^3-1)*[2^(3-1)] = 00007* 00004 = 00028.....prf factors(028) 1,2,4 -- 7,14,28.........006 t
(2^5-1)*[2^(5-1)] = 00031* 00016 = 00496.....prf factors(496) 1,2,4,8,16 -- 31,62,124,248,496..010 t
(2^7-1)*[2^(7-1)] = 00127* 00064 = 08128.....prf factors(8128)1,2,4,8,16,32,64 -- 127,254,508,1016,2032,4064,8128................014 t
(2^9-1)*[2^(9-1)] = 00511* 00256 = 130816...prf factors(1308168128) ................<>018 t, however, ignoring the additional factors introduced by the fact that "511" is not prime, this formulaic expansion would allways produce a perfect number! bar the additional factors introduced by the fact that 2^9-1 (511) is prime...I think this was the essence of Euclids proof?

In the tabulation, the first string of factors are the factors of (2^k-1) and the second string of factors are the first set of factors multiplied by the mersenne number ~ 2^k-1, bar when 2^k-1 is not prime.

Interestingly, the first set of factors (bar additional factors introduced when 2^k-1<>prime) adds up to 2^k-1, and the sum of the second set of factors (bar additional factors when 2^k-1<>prime) = (2^k-1)^2

Not sure if the above has any bearing on your conjecture.

Caveat: I am not sure if anybody has already stated any of the above, bar of course the consequences flowing from the Euclid-Euler theorem

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