[LON-CAPA-users] prime factorization

Peter Riegler lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Wed, 19 Mar 2008 23:36:16 +0100

Hi Justen,

although that won't help you immediately:
In principle this is a simple problem using a computer algebra system 
(such as maxima in case of loncapa) if computer algebra systems were not 
carrying out numerical computations immediately and thus reverting any 
numerical factorization into a single number within giving the user any 
change to interfer.
We have several problems of this type. Therefore I have currently a 
student working on this. It might end up in a special purpose maxima 
package. (Guy, forgive me if you are ever going to read this ...)



Justin Gray wrote:

> Does anyone know how to write a mathresponse problem with an answer 
> algorithm that will check whether an integer has been factored into primes?
> Justin
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Peter Riegler
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