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Elwin.Martin

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**Proving "simple" things (elementary number theory)**

Hey, I was wondering if I could ask for some help proving simple things in number theory, like divisibility things etc. The kind of stuff that you stare at and say "Duh, properties of real numbers...next?" but maybe don't know how to start as a beginner.

I can't ask for specifics because the only problems I can think of I was told not to ask for help on, but I am sure it's legal to ask questions to a community about proof.

I don't have time to prove 50 other things to get a feel for proofs, I'm too slow. I do have time to read a whole lot of basic number theory proofs if that would help, I just don't know where to look. I have no resources beyond like, three simple proofs that are only tangentially related to what I need to know in general. If my only hope is in proving a lot of other things, I might just take the hit and worry long term.

In the long term, would books like Polya's be of use? I'm currently a "Find that" person rather than a "Show that" as most people fresh out of high school are.

Thanks for your time, I appreciate any guidance the community has.