April 2nd, 2018, 04:28 PM  #11 
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You are asking about Mersenne primes or more generally Mersenne numbers  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mersen...rsenne_numbers That is for a prime p, a number of the form $2^p1$. Your "next" prime is the smallest prime divisor of $2^p1$. See the small table in Wikipedia of the factorizatgion of Mersenne numbers There is a great deal of effort going on to find Mersenne primes. 
April 3rd, 2018, 08:06 AM  #12  
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So, the length of the 2cycle for a Mersenne number 2^m1 is just m. The length of the 2cycle for a Fermat type number 2^m+1 is 2*m. Thus for every positive m there is a least one number whose 2cycle has length m, namely the Mersenne number 2^m1. We can formalize this by collecting for each m the ascending sequence of numbers whose 2cycles have length m. Every such sequence terminates with the Mersenne number 2^m1. If the Mersenne number is the only one in the sequence, it is a prime. If m = p is a prime number, then the first number in the sequence for p will have to be the smallest prime divisor of 2^p1. As was pointed out above, this was how I was choosing my next prime.  
April 4th, 2018, 05:34 PM  #13 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2018 From: United States Posts: 28 Thanks: 2  If p is a prime, the smallest prime divisor of the Mersenne number 2^p1 is of the form 2*p*k + 1, k odd Starting with 11, 23=2*11+1 47=2*23+1 2351=2*47*25+1 4703=2*2351+1 Last edited by penrose; April 4th, 2018 at 05:57 PM. 
April 8th, 2018, 08:37 AM  #14 
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Every Mersenne number has an associated Fermattype number. 2^n  1 and 2^n + 1 Is the following true? A Fermattype number 2^n+1, n odd, is always divisible by 3. Last edited by penrose; April 8th, 2018 at 08:43 AM. 
April 8th, 2018, 09:09 AM  #15  
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The reverse holds if $n$ is even: $2^n  1$ is always divisible by $3$ while $2^n + 1$ never is. Last edited by cjem; April 8th, 2018 at 09:38 AM.  
April 9th, 2018, 06:47 PM  #16  
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Is $2^{2^k n}+ 1$, n odd, n > 1, divisible by $2^{2^k }+ 1$ In words, is every Fermattype number divisible by a Fermat number?  
April 10th, 2018, 04:06 AM  #17  
Senior Member Joined: Aug 2017 From: United Kingdom Posts: 311 Thanks: 109 Math Focus: Number Theory, Algebraic Geometry  Quote:
$2^{2^k n} +1 = 2^{2^k (1 + 2r)} +1 = 2^{2^k} \times 2^{2^k 2r} = 2^{2^k} \times 2^{2^{k+1} r} + 1 \\ \qquad = 2^{2^k} \times \left(2^{2^{k+1}}\right)^r + 1$ Now, if we can show that $\left(2^{2^{k+1}}\right)^r$ is congruent to $1 \pmod{2^{2^k} + 1}$, we'll be done. Indeed, this will imply $2^{2^k n} +1 = 2^{2^k} \times \left(2^{2^{k+1}}\right)^r + 1 \equiv 2^{2^k} \times 1 + 1 \equiv 0 \pmod {2^{2^k} + 1}$, which means precisely that $2^{2^k n} +1$ is divisible by $2^{2^k} + 1$. So let's show it: Firstly observe that $2^{2^{k+1}}  1 = (2^{2^k}  1)(2^{2^k} + 1)$ is a multiple of $(2^{2^k} + 1)$. That is, $2^{2^{k+1}}  1 \equiv 0 \pmod {2^{2^k} + 1}$, i.e. $2^{2^{k+1}} \equiv 1 \pmod {2^{2^k} + 1}$. But now raising both sides to the power of $r$ gives us what we wanted.  
April 13th, 2018, 03:08 PM  #18  
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Expanding on this by example, suppose we start with $2^{28}  1$. Then $2^{28}  1 = (2^{14}  1)(2^{14} + 1) = (2^{7}  1)(2^{7} + 1)(2^{14} + 1)$ Is the following true? Every Mersenne number can be factored into the product of a leading Mersenne number with an odd exponent followed a sequence of Fermat type numbers with increasing even orders. Furthermore, the resulting factor sets form a disjoint partition of the full factor space. In the above, $2^{7}  1 = 127$ $2^{7} + 1 = 3*43$ $2^{14} + 1 = 5*29*113$  
April 16th, 2018, 01:57 PM  #19  
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$a^{2^k n}+ 1$, a > 1, n odd, n > 1, is divisible by $a^{2^k }+ 1$ Example: Show that 1729 is divisible by 13. Since $1729 = 12^3 + 1$, it is divisible by $12 + 1 = 13$.  
April 20th, 2018, 05:45 AM  #20  
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Consider the assertion that $2^n + 1 = 3S_n$ for odd n. This is certainly true for n = 1. If true for a given odd n, then $............................................. 2^{n + 2} + 1 = 2^2*2^n + 1$ $................................................. ..... = 2^2*(3S_n  1) + 1$ $................................................. ..... = 3(2^2S_n  1)$ Thus it is true for all odd n. It provides us with an inductive definition of the 'other factor' when we actually divide out the 3, which could be useful in the future. $................................................. .S_{n+2} = 2^2S_n  1$ Does that proof look okay (other than the fact that I don't know how to indent and line up equations)?  

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