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On 2018-08-24 22:54, Ian Kelly wrote: > On Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 3:47 PM <tomusatov at gmail.com> wrote: >> >> I am looking for a program able to output a set of integers meeting the following requirement: >> >> a(n) is the minimum k > 0 such that n*2^k - 3 is prime, or 0 if no such k exists >> >> Could anyone get me started? (I am an amateur) > > Is there some known method of determining that no such k exists? The > obvious approach would be to try every possible value of k in order. > The problem is that there are infinitely many possible values of k, so > the program would not output 0; it would just never complete. > Well, if n <= 0, there is definitely no value of k that could produce a prime, but in general...

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