Given a positive integer N greater than 1, the task is to find the minimum count of Prime Numbers whose sum is equal to given N.
Input: N = 100
100 can be written as sum of 2 prime numbers 97 and 3.
Input: N = 25
25 can be written as sum of 3 prime numbers 11, 11, and 3.
For the minimum number of primes whose sum is the given number N, Prime Numbers must be as large as possible. Following are the observation for the above problem statement:
- Case 1: If the number is prime, then the minimum primes numbers required to make sum N is 1.
- Case 2: If the number is even, then it can be expressed as a sum of two primes as per the Goldbach’s Conjecture for every even integer greater than 2. Therefore the minimum prime number required to make the sum N is 2.
- Case 3: If the number is odd:
- If (N-2) is prime, then the minimum prime number required to make the given sum N is 2.
- Else The minimum prime numbers required to make the given sum N is 3 because:
As N is odd, then (N - 3) is even. Hence As per case 2: The minimum prime number required to make the sum (N-3) is 2. Therefore, The minimum prime number required to make the sum N is 3(2+1).
Below are the steps:
- Check whether the given number N is prime or not, by using the approach discussed in this article. If Yes then print 1.
- Else as per the above Cases print the minimum number of Prime Numbers required to make the given sum N.
Below is the implementation of the above approach:
Time Complexity: O(√N), where N is the given number.
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