Is 2 a Prime Number

Is 2 a Prime Number
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It is believed that good things come in pairs.

The number 2 represents 2 units or a pair.

fun fact of number 2

The binary number system, also known as a base-2 system, is the foundation of all the coding and technology.

We know that the human body has a great connection with the number '2'. We have 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 hands, and so on.

Now, let's learn some math behind this number. Let's find out if 2 a prime number.

is 2 a prime number?

Lesson Plan

What Is a Prime Number?


A prime number is a natural number that has no factors other than 1 and itself.

In other words, it is divisible only by 1 and itself.

Example: 2,3,5,7,11 and so on.

Is 2 a Prime Number?

Let us look at the factors of 2

The factors of 2 are 1 and 2, that is, no other factors other than 1 and itself.

So, 2 is a prime number.

Considering the above explanation, is 3 a prime number?

Let's find out!

The factors of 3 are 1 and 3, that is, no other factors other than 1 and itself.

So, 3 is a prime number.

Is 2 a Composite Number?

2 is not a composite number as it cannot be written as a product of two natural numbers other than 1 and itself.

2 is the only even prime number.

All even numbers are composite, except 2

important notes to remember
Important Notes
  1. 2 is the smallest prime number and it is the only even prime number.
  2.  '1' is neither a prime number nor a composite number.

Solved Examples

Example 1



Kate says "All odd numbers are prime numbers."

Do you agree with her? Explain with a suitable example.


All odd numbers are not prime numbers.

Let us take the example of 9.

Even though 9 is an odd number, it has 1, 3, and 9 as its factors.

So, it is a composite number.

A few other examples of odd composite numbers are 15, 21, 27, and so on.

Kate's statement is not true.
Example 2



List the first ten prime numbers.


Using divisibility rules, we can list the first ten prime numbers as:

list of primes up to 10

2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29
Challenge your math skills
Challenging Question
  1. Find three different prime numbers which when added together give the sum as 40

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What are co-primes?

Two numbers are said to be co-prime if they do not have any common factors except 1

For example: (2,5), (2,9), (9,16) are co-primes.

The factors of 16 can be listed as 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and the factors of 9 are 1, 3, 9

16 and 9 do not have any common factors except 1. So, they are co-primes. 

2. Are 2 and 3 twin primes?

No, 2 and 3 are not twin primes.

Pairs of primes that differ by two and have a composite number in between them are called twin primes.

For example: (3,5), (5,7), (11,13), and so on.

3. What is 1 called if it is not prime?

1 is neither prime nor composite.

It is the smallest natural number.

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