So basically the user enters an integer, then the output states if the integer is prime or not. Seems simple, but I just can't get it. At first I thought that a prime number is basically an odd number. So this was my program. program example (input, output); var x:integer; begin write(' enter an integer:'); readln(x); if ( x mod 2 <> 0 ) then writeln('prime') else writeln('not prime'); end.Obviously this doesn't work for prime, more for odd numbers!

Also there is a part B where you enter a starting number and ending number and the output tells you how many primes are between the numbers. Example: for 50- 59 there are 2 primes in range.

Any help?

If you're in the same class as allquestions, then you've covered modulo. For any given number, if that number mod any-other-number-other-than-itself-and-one = 0, then it is NOT prime. The set of numbers that needs to be validated against the given number is two (number is even or odd: it's even if mod for two is zero),

then every other number from 3 up to 1/3 of the given number (3,5,7...). No need to go farther that 1/3, because 1/2 has already been tested. If any modulo is zero, then the number fails to qualify as "prime". In lieu of modulo, you can "back-multiply":

divide the number by the test (to get "result1"), then multiply "result1" by the test giving "result2". If result2 = the number, then prime has failed (because rounding has occurred).

For best efficiency, (saves having to write the same code twice), make a subroutine to test a given input number:SUB prime(A)

prime=A mod 2

if prime then

last=A/3

for j=3 to last step 2

if A mod j=0 then exit for

next j

if j>last then prime=1 else prime=0

end if

returnThis is a simple, brute-force method. The preferred and more efficient method, google: sieve eratosthenes. (esp wiki).

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