# Exponents of Primes in Prime Decomposition are Less iff Divisor It has been suggested that this article or section be renamed: This is important enough to have a shorter title One may discuss this suggestion on the talk page.

## Theorem

Let $a, b \in \Z_{>0}$.

Then $a \divides b$ if and only if:

$(1): \quad$ every prime $p_i$ in the prime decomposition of $a$ appears in the prime decomposition of $b$

and:

$(2): \quad$ the exponent of each $p_i$ in $a$ is less than or equal to its exponent in $b$.

## Proof

Let $a, b \in \Z_{>0}$.

Let their prime decomposition be:

$a = p_1^{k_1} p_2^{k_2} \dotsm p_n^{k_n}$
$b = q_1^{l_1} q_2^{l_2} \dotsm q_n^{l_n}$

### Necessary Condition

Let:

$(1): \quad$ prime in the prime decomposition of $a$ appear in the prime decomposition of $b$

and:

$(2): \quad$ its exponent in $a$ be less than or equal to its exponent in $b$.

Then:

 $\displaystyle a$ $=$ $\displaystyle p_1^{k_1} p_2^{k_2} \dotsm p_r^{k_r}$ $\displaystyle b$ $=$ $\displaystyle p_1^{l_1} p_2^{l_2} \dotsm p_r^{l_r} \dotsm p_s^{l_s}$

where:

$k_1 \le l_1, k_2 \le l_2, \dotsc, k_r \le l_r, r \le s$

Thus:

$d = p_1^{l_1 - k_1} p_2^{l_2 - k_2} \dotsm p_r^{l_r - k_r} \in \Z$

and so:

$b = a d$

So $a \divides b$.

$\Box$

### Sufficient Condition

Let $a \divides b$.

Let $a = p_1^{k_1} p_2^{k_2} \dotsm p_r^{k_r}$ be the prime decomposition of $a$.

Then:

$\forall i \in \N_r: p_i^{k_i} \divides a$

Hence by Divisor Relation on Positive Integers is Partial Ordering each $p_i^{k_i}$ also divides $b$.

Thus:

$\exists c \in \Z: b = p_i^{k_i} c$

The prime decomposition of $b$ is therefore:

$b = p_i^{k_i} \times \paren {\text {prime decomposition of$c$} }$

which may need to be rearranged.

So $p_i$ must occur in the prime decomposition of $b$ with an exponent at least as big as $k_i$.

The result follows.

$\blacksquare$