Most people can tell just by looking that 443 cannot be evenly divided by 2, 3, or 5. Could it possibly be a prime number? Scroll down past the puzzle to know for sure.

Prime factorization: 443 is prime and cannot be factored.

The exponent of prime number 443 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 443 has exactly 2 factors.

Factors of 443: 1, 443

Factor pairs: 443 = 1 x 443

443 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √443 ≈ 21.0476

How do we know that 443 is a prime number? If 443 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √443 ≈ 21.0476. Since 443 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, or 19, we know that 443 is a prime number.

442 is the sum of two square numbers two different ways:

Even number 442 is also the sum of consecutive primes. Will the number of consecutive primes be even or odd? If you figure out what those prime numbers are, look in the comments to see if you were right.

The exponents in the prime factorization are 1, 1, and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 x 2 x 2 = 8. Therefore 442 has exactly 8 factors.

Factors of 442: 1, 2, 13, 17, 26, 34, 221, 442

Factor pairs: 442 = 1 x 442, 2 x 221, 13 x 34, or 17 x 26

442 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √442 ≈ 21.0238

442 is the hypotenuse of four Pythagorean triples:

For millennia mathematicians have thought triangular numbers were quite interesting. 21 is a triangular number and 21 x 21 = 441 which makes 441 interesting, too. But wait, there’s something else that is very interesting about triangular numbers:

It is amazing that when we begin with 1 cube, the sum of n consecutive cubes equals the nth triangular number squared every time!

What follows is less amazing, but very practical. We can add consecutive numbers several ways to get 441. To find those ways we need to know the factors of 441.

441 is a composite number.

Prime factorization: 441 = 3 x 3 x 7 x 7, which can be written 441 = (3^2) x (7^2)

The exponents in the prime factorization are 2 and 2. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (2 + 1)(2 + 1) = 3 x 3 = 9. Therefore 441 has exactly 9 factors.

Factors of 441: 1, 3, 7, 9, 21, 49, 63, 147, 441

Factor pairs: 441 = 1 x 441, 3 x 147, 7 x 63, 9 x 49, or 21 x 21

441 is a perfect square. √441 = 21

Because all of the factors for 441 are odd numbers, it is so easy to find consecutive numbers whose sum equal 441. Check out all of these:

If we allowed negative numbers in the list of consecutive numbers we could also see that 441 equals the sum of 147 consecutive numbers that are centered around the number 3, and 49 consecutive numbers that are centered around the number 7, and 63 consecutive numbers that are centered around the number 9. All of those sums would be quite long.

Here are some more reasonable-length sums using only consecutive ODD numbers.

That last sum reminds us that we always get n squared when we begin with one and add n consecutive odd numbers together.

Brainden.com gives several examples of paradoxes as well as this definition: “A paradox is a statement that contradicts itself or a situation which seems to defy logic.”

Alan Parr suggested I write no more than the fact that 440 is the sum of consecutive prime numbers. It may seem to defy logic that he would want to try to figure out what those consecutive primes are without any hints, but he proved yesterday he is up for the challenge. Check the comments to see if he (or somebody else) can figure out what those prime numbers might be. I am waiting to see if he can again defy logic and figure them out. In the meantime, the factors of 440 will be listed at the end of this post.

I remember watching the episode of Star Trek in which several androids malfunctioned because they couldn’t handle paradoxes, but most humans seem to be able to handle paradoxes just fine. I’ve written one myself that I hope you will enjoy:

I overheard a pair of docs in the middle of a heated argument. One of them said, “As I have stated hundreds of times before, no matter what I say, YOU ALWAYS contradict me!” The other doc shook his head saying, “No, no. That’s not correct at all. YOU’RE the one who’s always contradicting ME!” I hate to hear arguing, so I left, but I have to wonder if they ever worked it out or are they still arguing about contradicting each other even today?

You might not expect to find paradoxes in the The New Testament, but crosswalkblogdotcom describes several of them beautifully in I-will-take-paradox-for-200-alec.

Steve Morris has written about paradoxes on several occasions including his very popular post titled Failure-to-fail. If we fail to fail, we become the biggest failure.

It is a paradox to have to be willing to fail in order to really succeed. As Michael Jordan stated in a Nike commercial: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

We will face setbacks, trials of faith, and other paradoxes in our lives, but we must not give up. All of them are opportunities for us to learn and grow. We actually ought to be grateful for them, because as we face them, we become stronger and more successful. Zeno’s paradox would have us believe that we can never reach our goals. That is simply not true. We can reach them if we keep them in our sights and keep going toward them relentlessly.

Here are the factors of 440:

440 is a composite number.

Prime factorization: 440 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 5 x 11, which can be written 440 = (2^3) x 5 x 11

The exponents in the prime factorization are 3, 1, and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (3 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 4 x 2 x 2 = 16. Therefore 440 has exactly 16 factors.

439 is a prime number, and it is also the sum of consecutive prime numbers in TWO different ways. Can you find either or both of those ways? You can write your answer or give or ask for hints in the comments.

In case someone is not sure what consecutive prime numbers are, here is an example: 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, and 37 are six consecutive prime numbers because they are ALL the prime numbers from 17 to 37 and they are listed in order. If we took their sum, we would get 156.

Prime factorization: 439 is prime and cannot be factored.

The exponent of prime number 439 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 439 has exactly 2 factors.

Factors of 439: 1, 439

Factor pairs: 439 = 1 x 439

439 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √439 ≈ 20.9523

How do we know that 439 is a prime number? If 439 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √439 ≈ 20.9523. Since 439 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, or 19, we know that 439 is a prime number.

The sum of the digits of 438 is 4 + 3 + 8 = 15. The sum of the digits of its prime factorization (2 x 3 x 73) is 2 + 3 + 7 + 3 = 15. Since the two sums are equal, 438 is the 18th Smith number.

The exponents in the prime factorization are 1, 1, and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 x 2 x 2 = 8. Therefore 438 has exactly 8 factors.

Factors of 438: 1, 2, 3, 6, 73, 146, 219, 438

Factor pairs: 438 = 1 x 438, 2 x 219, 3 x 146, or 6 x 73

438 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √438 ≈ 20.9284

In a month my husband and I will celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary. David Mitchell has given us an early and lovely present, wedding anniversary tessellations. Tessellations are quite fascinating and the ones he makes are very intricate and well worth a look.

The exponents in the prime factorization are 1 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 x 2 = 4. Therefore 437 has exactly 4 factors.

Factors of 437: 1, 19, 23, 437

Factor pairs: 437 = 1 x 437 or 19 x 23

437 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √437 ≈ 20.9045

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