Day 6: A Fun GameDiscrete Mathematics Level 4
Every turn he selects two numbers \(a\) and \(b\) that are on the whiteboard, subject to two conditions:
- If one of \(a\) and \(b\) are prime, he will always let \(a\) be prime; so if he picks 5 and 8, then he will let \(a = 5, b= 8\).
- But if both are prime, or both are not prime, then \(a \leq b\)
Then he rubs off \(a\) and \(b\) and replaces them with \(a^2b+2a-4b-2\).
He continues this process until one number is left on the whiteboard.
What number is this?
Note: By primes I do only mean positive primes only.