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An interesting arithmetic function on Number Theory using the Prime Numbers

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[/et_pb_tab][et_pb_tab title="Hint 1" _builder_version="3.26.6"]Considering prime numbers might be a good idea. [/et_pb_tab][et_pb_tab title="Hint 2" _builder_version="3.26.6"]Show that, for any prime p, f(p)|p^2. Hence or otherwise show that f(p)=p. [/et_pb_tab][et_pb_tab title="Hint 3" _builder_version="3.26.6"]If gcd(p,b)=1 for a prime p, then show that p+b|p+f(b). This is equivalent to p+b|f(b)-b. Note that the RHS is independent of p. [/et_pb_tab][et_pb_tab title="Hint 4" _builder_version="3.26.6"]As in p+b|f(b)-b the RHS is fixed and the LHS is arbitrarily large, the RHS has to be zero. Hence f(b)=b for every natural number b. [/et_pb_tab][/et_pb_tabs][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.26.4" text_font="Raleway|300|||||||" text_text_color="#ffffff" header_font="Raleway|300|||||||" header_text_color="#e2e2e2" background_color="#0c71c3" border_radii="on|5px|5px|5px|5px" box_shadow_style="preset3" custom_margin="48px||48px" custom_padding="20px|20px|20px|20px"]

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