

A068843


Smallest prime in the first occurrence of a nondecreasing difference for a set of exactly n successive primes.


2



37, 11, 17, 2, 1091, 2897, 13451, 448363, 7407287, 34400141, 255030533, 6564959561, 45605475961, 121054164221, 2552790756469
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OFFSET

1,1


COMMENTS

This is the same as asking for the smallest prime in the first occurrence of a nonnegative second difference for a set of n successive primes.


LINKS

Table of n, a(n) for n=1..15.
Zak Seidov, Consecutive nondecreasing prime gaps, SeqFan list, May 16 2017


EXAMPLE

The prime 2 starts the first run of exactly 4 nondecreasing gaps (1, 2, 2, 4) between the 5 primes (2, 3, 5, 7, 11). (The next gap would be of 2, smaller than 4.) Therefore a(4) = 2.
The prime 11 starts the first run of exactly 2 nondecreasing gaps (2, 4) between the 3 primes (11, 13, 17). (The preceding gap is 4 > 2 and the next gap would be 2 < 4.) Therefore a(2) = 11. The sequences of primes (2, 3, 5) as well as (5, 7, 11) are part of a longer run of nondecreasing gaps and are therefore not considered for the case n = 2.
The prime 17 starts the first run of exactly 3 nondecreasing gaps (2, 4, 4) between the 4 primes (17, 19, 23, 29). (The preceding gap is 4 > 2 and the next gap would be 2 < 4.) Therefore a(3) = 17. Again, primes which are part of a longer run cannot be considered.
The prime 37 starts the first run of exactly 1 nondecreasing gap (4) between the primes 37 and 41. (The preceding gap is 6 > 4 and the next gap would be 2 < 4.) Therefore a(1) = 37.


MATHEMATICA

(* used to find a(11) *) k = 0; While[p = Select[ Range[ k*10^6, (k + 1)*10^6 + 10^4], PrimeQ[ # ] & ]; l = Length[p]; d1 = Take[p, 1  l]  Take[p, l  1]; d2 = Take[d1, 2  l]  Take[d1, l  2]; s = Sign[ Sign[d2] + 1]; q = StringPosition[ ToString[s], StringDrop[ StringDrop[ ToString[ Table[1, {10}]], 1], 1]]; q == {}, k++ ]; p[[ (q[[1, 1]] + 1)/3 ]]


PROG

(PARI) A068843(n, c=n+1, g, o=2, P=2)={forprime(p=3, , c; g>(g=o+o=p)next; cbreak; c=n; P=pg); P} \\ M. F. Hasler, May 16 2017


CROSSREFS

Cf. A158939, A158940.
Sequence in context: A178199 A107812 A254324 * A284497 A033357 A093860
Adjacent sequences: A068840 A068841 A068842 * A068844 A068845 A068846


KEYWORD

nonn,base,hard,more


AUTHOR

Amarnath Murthy, Mar 10 2002


EXTENSIONS

More terms from Robert G. Wilson v, May 10 2002 and Dec 08 2002, who finds that a(12) > 2.7*10^9
a(12) = 6564959561 from Zak Seidov and other edits by M. F. Hasler, May 16 2017
a(13)a(15) from Giovanni Resta, May 18 2017


STATUS

approved



