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− | In this case, a counterexample is a number that would prove Goldbach's conjecture false. | + | In this case, a counterexample is a number that would prove Goldbach's conjecture false. The conjecture asserts what '''can''' be done with '''even''' integers greater than 2. |
− | Therefore the solution is <cmath>{\textbf{( | + | Therefore the solution is <cmath>{\textbf{(E)}\text{ an even integer greater than 2 that cannot be written as the sum of two prime numbers.}}</cmath> |
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Problem
Goldbach's conjecture states that every even integer greater than 2 can be written as the sum of two prime numbers (for example, ). So far, no one has been able to prove that the conjecture is true, and no one has found a counterexample to show that the conjecture is false. What would a counterexample consist of?
Solution
In this case, a counterexample is a number that would prove Goldbach's conjecture false. The conjecture asserts what can be done with even integers greater than 2. Therefore the solution is
See Also
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