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Homework Help: Algebra proof.

  1. Feb 8, 2006 #1
    I am just going to post question i have tried it yet.. only because i dont understand the question.. so if you could help me read the question that would be good.. and if you wanna give a hint feel free..

    If p does not equal 2, 3 is prime, show that p = 1 or p = 5 in [tex] Z_6 [/tex] (mod 6)

    ok what i dont understand is.. is the question saying that p does not also equal 3.. or is it just telling me that 3 is a prime.. cause that obvious..
    or is it saying p does not equal 3 but its prime.. im not sure.. so i cant really go any further.. thank you
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  3. Feb 8, 2006 #2


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    I think it would mean that p is a prime other than 2 or 3.
  4. Feb 8, 2006 #3


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    this seems ok (this is not a proof by any means,) but for p=5,7,11,13,17,19,23,29,31 it works. so It seems that our interpetation of the hypothesis on p is correct.
  5. Feb 8, 2006 #4
    awsome..thats what i was thinking to.. thanks!
  6. Feb 9, 2006 #5

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    The question just means "if p is a prime not equal to 2 or 3". Exactly what it says. It says nothing about what 2 or 3 are at all, primes or not.

    If we were to remove the requirement that p not be 2 or 3 then the statement would read: suppose p is a prime, show p is congruent to 1 or 5 mod 6. And that would be false since there are two primes that are not congruent to 1 or 5 mod 6. However all primes except 2 and 3 are congruent to 1 or 5 mod 6. now let's prove it...

    I don't see why this meant you couldn't go further. the question was specifically not about the primes 2 or 3.
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