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1. B. Some Analytic Results This section assumes some knowledge of calculus and of infinite series. It and the following section may be omitted without loss of continuity. Euler provided a proof of the existence of infinitely many primes which provides the starting point for much advanced number theory. n = E lim 00. E-+oo n= I PROOF OF EULER. As in Euclid's proof, we assume that there are only finitely many primes, and we derive a contradiction. If PI' ••• ,PN are all the primes, then the product g(1- /1/ N Pi) ) is finite.

5 Bases 42 We have d = 32, b = 10. In doing this long division, we first divide 32 into 89 with quotient digit 2, then divide 32 into 259 with quotient digit 8, then divide 32 into 34 with quotient digit 1. Where we guess is in trying to determine these successive quotient digits. ; e < bd. In base b the standard guess is made as follows. First write d and e in base b: + dn_1b n- 1 + ... + d1b + do en+1b n+1 + enb n + ... ; e; < b, dn =1= 0, < b. The standard guess is to divide dn , the largest digit of d, into the two-digit number en+lb + en' and use the quotient as the guess.

D. is 1. *E7. Try playing the game of Euclid. Two players play, starting with two numbers. The first player subtracts any positive multiple of the lesser of the two numbers from the greater, except that the resulting number must be nonnegative. , alternately, until one player is able to subtract a multiple of the lesser number from the greater to get 0, and then he wins. For example, the moves might start with (I8, 7): Player A (18, 7)-(11, 7) (4,7)-(4,3) (1,3)-(1,0) and wins Player B (II, 7)-(4, 7) (4, 3)-(1, 3) Try to become good at Euclid.