Does ⌊√p⌋\lfloor \sqrt{p} \rfloor generate all natural numbers?

Our algebra teacher usually gives us a paper of 2030 questions for our homework. But each week, he tells us to do all the questions which their number is on a specific form.

For example, last week it was all the questions on the form of 3k+2 and the week before that it was 3k+1. I asked my teacher why he always uses the linear form of numbers… Instead of answering, he told me to determine which form of numbers of the new paper should we solve this week.

I wanted to be a little creative, so I used the prime numbers and I told everyone to do numbers on the form of p where p is a prime number. At that time, I couldn’t understand the smile on our teacher’s face.

Everything was O.K., until I decided to do the homework. Then I realized I had made a huge mistake.p generated all of the questions of our paper and my classmates wanted to kill me. I went to my teacher to ask him to change the form, but he said he will only do it if I could solve this:

Prove that p generates all natural numbers.

What I tried: Suppose there is a k for which there is no prime number p that p=k. From this we can say there exists two consecutive perfect squares so that there is no prime number between them. So if we prove that for every x there exists a prime number between x2 and x2+2x+1 we are done.

I tried using Bertrand’s postulate but it didn’t work.

I would appreciate any help from here 🙂


If we prove that for every x there exists a prime number between x2 and x2+2x+1, we are done.

This is Legendre’s conjecture, which remains unsolved. Hence the big smile on your teacher’s face.

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