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Little Goldbach

Age 11 to 14 Short
Challenge Level

Answer: 5

The numbers are 1, 2, 3, 11 and 17. Note that, because 2 is the only even prime, the only way we can sum two primes to give an odd number is to sum the odd number before it (if it is a prime) and 2.

One of the oldest unsolved problems in number theory is Goldbach's conjecture, which says that every even number (except 2) can be written as the sum of two primes. Perhaps you could be the first to prove it...
This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
You can find more short problems, arranged by curriculum topic, in our short problems collection.