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Jul2114, 11:11 AM

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Why are perfect numbers important?
What is the best way of introducing these numbers to a first course on number theory? I could not find any application apart from the relation to Mersenne primes. Are there any other applications of perfect numbers? 


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Jul2214, 12:22 AM

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I'll answer by asking questions. 1. why are the different classifications of numbers important? 2. how do you normally introduce concepts into the course? 3. why do you need more  do you know what Mersenne primes get used for? http://math.stackexchange.com/questi...erfectnumbers 


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Jul2214, 03:55 AM

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If I were to teach the course, I would lay a link with history and the Pythagoreans. 


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