So there’s this Twitter feed that tweets out the prime numbers…in order…on the hour…every hour. Friend of Pre-Algebra.info David Butler analyzed the data from this Twitter feed to see which prime numbers were the most popular (via Likes and Re-Tweets). See the results in his blog post.
`1. Before you visit the blog post linked above, visit the Twitter feed that lists primes. Out of the most recent 15 primes listed, which one is your “favorite”? (You can decide how to interpret “favorite”. Just decide which of the most recent 15 primes you like the best).
2. Now visit Dr. Butler’s blog post where he analyzes the prime data. Read the blog post and look at the data displays. List at least four characteristics he noticed about the “most liked” primes, and give an example from the data to support each claim.
3. Refer to your prime choice from question #1. Does your choice fit any of the four categories from the second question? Which ones?
4. Hypothesize: Why do you think certain patterns or arrangements of primes are more “likeable” than others? What might this have an impact on subjects like cryptography (internet passwords or even locker combinations)?
5. Here’s a link to ten random ten-digit prime numbers? Using what you’ve learned so far, which one do you think would be the “most liked”? Explain your reasoning.