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Fermat primes are prime numbers that can be written in the form 2^k+1

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Fermat primes are prime numbers that can be written in the form 2k+12k+1, where k is an integer and a power of 2. Which of the following is NOT a Fermat prime

A. 3
B. 5
C. 17
D. 31
E. 257

option D ; check for all values k 0,1,2,3, so on.. only D does not matches.
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Let x is a fermat prime, then \(x = 2^k + 1\) --> \(x-1 = 2^k\) --> \(x-1\) is a power of 2
Subtract 1 from each answer choice, only D. 31-1=30 isn't a power of 2.
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Fermat primes are prime numbers that can be written in the form \(2^k+1\), where k is an integer and a power of 2. Which of the following is NOT a Fermat prime

A. 3
B. 5
C. 17
D. 31
E. 257

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