# Smallest 5 Consecutive Primes in Arithmetic Sequence

## Theorem

The smallest $5$ consecutive primes in arithmetic sequence are:

$9 \, 843 \, 019 + 30 n$

for $n = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4$.

Note that while there are many longer arithmetic sequences of far smaller primes, those primes are not consecutive.

## Proof

 $\ds 9 \, 843 \, 019 + 0 \times 30$ $=$ $\ds 9 \, 843 \, 019$ which is the $654 \, 926$th prime $\ds 9 \, 843 \, 019 + 1 \times 30$ $=$ $\ds 9 \, 843 \, 049$ which is the $654 \, 927$th prime $\ds 9 \, 843 \, 019 + 2 \times 30$ $=$ $\ds 9 \, 843 \, 079$ which is the $654 \, 928$th prime $\ds 9 \, 843 \, 019 + 3 \times 30$ $=$ $\ds 9 \, 843 \, 109$ which is the $654 \, 929$th prime $\ds 9 \, 843 \, 019 + 4 \times 30$ $=$ $\ds 9 \, 843 \, 139$ which is the $654 \, 930$th prime

But note that $9 \, 843 \, 019 + 5 \times 30 = 9 \, 843 \, 169 = 7^2 \times 200 \, 881$ and so is not prime.

Inspection of tables of primes (or a computer search) will reveal that this is the smallest such sequence.

$\blacksquare$