Pierre de Fermat: Contributions to Math & Accomplishments


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What was Pierre de Fermat's job?

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1. For which cases of n are the Fermat numbers, Fn = 22n + 1, known and proven to be Fermat primes?

2. Fermat's principle explains that a ray of light always prefers the path that has other paths nearby along which the ray would take very nearly the exact same amount of time to traverse. From this principle, what laws did Fermat deduce?

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  • Pierre de Fermat's job
  • The main mathematical tool used in Fermat's proof
  • Where Fermat's Little Theorem is used today

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