       Re: Solve stuck at 243

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• Subject: [mg124226] Re: Solve stuck at 243
• From: Peter Pein <petsie at dordos.net>
• Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 02:56:35 -0500 (EST)
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```Am 13.01.2012 10:55, schrieb Ralph Dratman:
> Project Euclid asks, "What is the smallest odd composite
> that cannot be written as the sum of a prime and twice a
> square?"
>
> I tried the following equation, not really expecting it to
> work:
>
> oddComposite == Prime[m] + 2 k^2
>
> Surprisingly, the above actually does work for all the odd
> composite numbers through 237.
>
> solveInstance[oddComposite_] := Solve[{oddComposite ==
> Prime[m] + 2*k^2, k>  0, m>  0}, {k, m}, Integers];
> For[i = 9, i<  300, i = i + 2,
> If[Not[PrimeQ[i]], Print[i,": ", solveInstance[i]]]]
>
> 9: {{k->1,m->4}}
> 15: {{k->1,m->6},{k->2,m->4}}
> 21: {{k->1,m->8},{k->2,m->6},{k->3,m->2}}
> 25: {{k->1,m->9},{k->2,m->7},{k->3,m->4}}
> 27: {{k->2,m->8}}
> 33: {{k->1,m->11}}
> 35: {{k->3,m->7},{k->4,m->2}}
> 39: {{k->1,m->12},{k->2,m->11},{k->4,m->4}}
> 45: {{k->1,m->14},{k->2,m->12},{k->4,m->6}}
> 49: {{k->1,m->15},{k->2,m->13},{k->3,m->11},{k->4,m->7}}
> 51: {{k->2,m->14},{k->4,m->8}}
>
> - - - - - - snip - - - - - -
>
> 217: {{k->3,m->46},{k->5,m->39},{k->8,m->24},{k->10,m->7}}
> 219: {{k->2,m->47},{k->10,m->8}}
> 221: {{k->6,m->35},{k->9,m->17}}
> 225: {{k->1,m->48},{k->4,m->44},{k->7,m->31},{k->8,m->25}}
> 231:
> {{k->1,m->50},{k->2,m->48},{k->4,m->46},{k->5,m->42},{k->8,m
> ->27},{k->10,m->11}}
> 235:
> {{k->1,m->51},{k->2,m->49},{k->6,m->38},{k->7,m->33},{k->8,m
> ->28},{k->9,m->21}}
> 237: {{k->2,m->50},{k->7,m->34},{k->8,m->29},{k->10,m->12}}
>
> - - - - - - but then, at 243, something changes - - - - -
>
> 243: {{k->1,m->53},{k->4,m->47},{k->5,m->44},{k->10,m->14}}
> Solve::nsmet: This system cannot be solved with the methods
> available to Solve.>>
>
> 245: Solve[{245==2 k^2+Prime[m],k>0,m>0},{k,m},Integers]
> Solve::nsmet: This system cannot be solved with the methods
> available to Solve.>>
>
> 247: Solve[{247==2 k^2+Prime[m],k>0,m>0},{k,m},Integers]
> Solve::nsmet: This system cannot be solved with the methods
> available to Solve.>>
>
> .... and so on. Strange.
>
> Does anyone know why such a threshold might appear?
>
> Thank you.
>
> Ralph Dratman
>

Hi Ralph,

I guess there are too many possibilities to check. Narrow the ranges
for k and m:

solveInstance[oddComposite_] :=
Solve[{oddComposite == Prime[m] + 2*k^2,
Sqrt[oddComposite - 2] >= k >= 1,
PrimePi[oddComposite - 2] >= m >= 1},
{k, m}, Integers];

_After_ solving the puzzle, have a look at http://oeis.org/A060003 .

Peter

```

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