# C Program to Check Prime Number

A Prime number is a natural number greater than 1 and divisible by 1 and itself only, for example: 2, 3, 5, 7, etc.

### Method 1: Using conditional statements

In the example below, the number called MyNum is checked for prime number by dividing it with all natural numbers starting from 2 to N - 1.

```#include <stdio.h>

int main() {
int MyNum = 17;
int n = 0;

for(int i = 2; i < MyNum; i++) {
if(MyNum % i == 0) {
n++;
break;
}
}

if (n == 0){
printf("%i is a prime number.", MyNum);
} else {
printf("%i is not a prime number.", MyNum);
}
}
```

The above code will give the following output:

```17 is a prime number.
```

### Method 2: Using function

In the example below, a function called primenumber() is created which takes a number as argument and checks it for prime number by dividing it with all natural numbers starting from 2 to N/2.

```#include <stdio.h>

int n = 0;
for(int i = 2; i < (MyNum/2+1); i++) {
if(MyNum % i == 0) {
n++;
break;
}
}

if (n == 0) {
printf("%i is a prime number.", MyNum);
} else {
printf("%i is not a prime number.", MyNum);
}
}
int main() {
}
```

The above code will give the following output:

```21 is not a prime number.
```

### Method 3: Optimized Code

• Instead of checking the divisibility of given number from 2 to N/2, it is checked till square root of N. For a factor larger than square root of N, there must the a smaller factor which is already checked in the range of 2 to square root of N.
• Except from 2 and 3, every prime number can be represented into 6k ± 1.
```#include <stdio.h>

int n = 0;
if (MyNum == 2 || MyNum == 3){
printf("%i is a prime number.", MyNum);
}
else if (MyNum % 6 == 1 || MyNum % 6 == 5) {
for(int i = 2; i*i <= MyNum; i++) {
if(MyNum % i == 0) {
n++;
break;
}
}
if (n == 0) {
printf("%i is a prime number.", MyNum);
} else {
printf("%i is not a prime number.", MyNum);
}
} else {
printf("%i is not a prime number.", MyNum);
}
}
int main() {
```21 is not a prime number.