# C++ Program to find Prime Number or Not using While Loop

Before going to the program for *Prime Number or Not* first let us understand what is a *Prime Number?*

**Prime Number:**

A *Prime Number* is a number greater than 1 and which is only divisible by 1 and the number itself.

For example,

17 is a *Prime Number*, because 17 is not divisible by any number other than 1 and 17.

To find whether a Number is Prime Number or Not it is enough to check whether ‘n’ is divisible by any number between 2 and √n. If it is divisible then ‘n’ is not a *Prime Number* otherwise it is a *Prime Number.*

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## Program code for Prime Number or Not in C++:

/* Prime Number or Not */ #include<iostream.h> #include<conio.h> #include<math.h> void main() { int n, i=2, flag=0; clrscr(); cout<<"Enter a positive integer value: "; cin>>n; /* Loop to check whether 'n' is divisible by any number between 2 and sqrt(n) */ while(i<=sqrt(n)) { if(n%i==0) { flag=1; break; } i++; } /* if else condition to print Prime Number or Not */ if (flag==0) cout<<n<<" is a prime number."; else cout<<n<<" is not a prime number."; getch(); }

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## Working:

- First the computer reads the positive integer value from the user.
- Then using while loop it checks whether ‘n’ is divisible by any number between 2 and √n.
- Finally if else condition is used to print the number is prime number or not .

## Step by Step working of the above Program Code:

**For Prime Number:**

- Let us assume that a user enters the positive integer value as 17.
- It assigns the value of flag=0, n=17.
- It assigns the value of i=2 and the loop continues till the condition of the while loop is true.

3.1. i<=sqrt(n) (2<=√17) while loop condition is true

n%i==0 (17%2==0) if condition is false

i++ (i=i+1) So i=3

3.2. i<=sqrt(n) (3<=√17) while loop condition is true

n%i==0 (17%3==0) if condition is false

i++ (i=i+1) So i=4

3.3. i<=sqrt(n) (4<=√17) while loop condition is true

n%i==0 (17%4==0) if condition is false

i++ (i=i+1) So i=5

3.4. i<=sqrt(n) (5<=√17) while loop condition is false

It comes out of the while loop.

- flag==0 (0==0) if condition is true

So it prints 17 is a prime number.

- Thus program execution is completed.

**For Not a Prime Number:**

- Let us assume that a user enters the positive integer value as 21.
- It assigns the value of flag=0, n=21.
- It assigns the value of i=2 and the loop continues till the condition of the while loop is true.

3.1. i<=sqrt(n) (2<=√21) while loop condition is true

n%i==0 (21%2==0) if condition is false

i++ (i=i+1) So i=3

3.2. i<=sqrt(n) (3<=√21) while loop condition is true

n%i==0 (21%3==0) if condition is true

It assigns flag=1

breaks the loop and comes out of the while loop

- flag==0 (1==0) if condition is false

So it goes to else part and prints 21 is not a prime number.

- Thus program execution is completed.

## Output:

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What if you enter 2,how the loop works?

1. If you enter 2.

2. It assigns the value of flag=0, n=2.

3. It assigns the value of i=2 and the loop continues till the condition of the while loop is true.

3.1. i<=sqrt(n) (2<=√2) while loop condition is false.

4. flag==0 (0==0) if condition is true

So it prints 2 is a prime number.