17 (seventeen) is the natural number following 16 and preceding 18. It is a prime number. Seventeen is the sum of the first four prime numbers. Seventeen is a permutable prime and a supersingular prime.

Natural Numbers 0-20

In mathematics, natural numbers are those used for counting and ordering.

Some authors begin the natural numbers with 0, corresponding to the non-negative integers 0, 1, 2, 3, and others start with 1, corresponding to the positive integers 1, 2, 3, etc...

Properties of the natural numbers, such as divisibility and the distribution of prime numbers, are studied in number theory. Problems concerning counting and ordering, such as partitioning and enumerations, are studied in combinatorics.

Prime Numbers

A prime number (or a prime) is a natural number greater than 1 that has no positive divisors other than 1 and itself.

A natural number greater than 1 that is not a prime number is called a composite number. For example, 5 is prime because 1 and 5 are its only positive integer factors, whereas 6 is composite because it has the divisors 2 and 3 in addition to 1 and 6.