# Java program to check if a number is prime or not

Given a positive integer, check if the number is prime or not. A prime is a natural number greater than 1 that has no positive divisors other than 1 and itself. Examples of first few prime numbers are {2, 3, 5,

Examples :

Input: n = 11 Output: true Input: n = 15 Output: false Input: n = 1 Output: false

**School Method**

A simple solution is to iterate through all numbers from 2 to n-1 and for every number check if it divides n. If we find any number that divides, we return false.

`// A school method based JAVA program` `// to check if a number is prime` `class` `GFG {` ` ` ` ` `static` `boolean` `isPrime(` `int` `n)` ` ` `{` ` ` `// Corner case` ` ` `if` `(n <= ` `1` `)` ` ` `return` `false` `;` ` ` ` ` `// Check from 2 to n-1` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `2` `; i < n; i++)` ` ` `if` `(n % i == ` `0` `)` ` ` `return` `false` `;` ` ` ` ` `return` `true` `;` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `// Driver Program` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `main(String args[])` ` ` `{` ` ` `if` `(isPrime(` `11` `))` ` ` `System.out.println(` `" true"` `);` ` ` `else` ` ` `System.out.println(` `" false"` `);` ` ` `if` `(isPrime(` `15` `))` ` ` `System.out.println(` `" true"` `);` ` ` `else` ` ` `System.out.println(` `" false"` `);` ` ` `}` `}` |

**Output:**

true false

Time complexity of this solution is O(n)

**Optimized School Method**

We can do following optimizations:

- Instead of checking till n, we can check till √n because a larger factor of n must be a multiple of smaller factor that has been already checked.
- The algorithm can be improved further by observing that all primes are of the form 6k ± 1, with the exception of 2 and 3. This is because all integers can be expressed as (6k + i) for some integer k and for i = ?1, 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4; 2 divides (6k + 0), (6k + 2), (6k + 4); and 3 divides (6k + 3). So a more efficient method is to test if n is divisible by 2 or 3, then to check through all the numbers of form 6k ± 1. (Source: wikipedia)
`// A optimized school method based Java`

`// program to check if a number is prime`

`import`

`java.io.*;`

`class`

`GFG {`

`static`

`boolean`

`isPrime(`

`int`

`n)`

`{`

`// Corner cases`

`if`

`(n <=`

`1`

`)`

`return`

`false`

`;`

`if`

`(n <=`

`3`

`)`

`return`

`true`

`;`

`// This is checked so that we can skip`

`// middle five numbers in below loop`

`if`

`(n %`

`2`

`==`

`0`

`|| n %`

`3`

`==`

`0`

`)`

`return`

`false`

`;`

`for`

`(`

`int`

`i =`

`5`

`; i * i <= n; i = i +`

`6`

`)`

`if`

`(n % i ==`

`0`

`|| n % (i +`

`2`

`) ==`

`0`

`)`

`return`

`false`

`;`

`return`

`true`

`;`

`}`

`// Driver Program`

`public`

`static`

`void`

`main(String args[])`

`{`

`if`

`(isPrime(`

`11`

`))`

`System.out.println(`

`" true"`

`);`

`else`

`System.out.println(`

`" false"`

`);`

`if`

`(isPrime(`

`15`

`))`

`System.out.println(`

`" true"`

`);`

`else`

`System.out.println(`

`" false"`

`);`

`}`

`}`

**Output:**true false

Time complexity of this solution is O(√n)

Main Article : Primality Test | Set 1 (Introduction and School Method)

**References:**

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_number

http://www.cse.iitk.ac.in/users/manindra/presentations/FLTBasedTests.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primality_testThis article is contributed by

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