R Program to Generate Prime Numbers up to N

1. Introduction

Prime numbers have always held a special place in mathematics. By definition, a prime number is a natural number greater than 1 that is not a product of two smaller natural numbers. In this guide, we'll design an R program to generate a list of prime numbers up to a user-defined number, N.

2. Program Overview

Our R program will:

1. Prompt the user to input a number N.

2. Use a loop to check numbers from 2 up to N.

3. For each number, determine if it's prime.

4. Display the list of prime numbers up to N.

3. Code Program

# Prompt user to enter N
N <- as.numeric(readline(prompt = "Enter the value of N: "))

# Function to check if a number is prime
is_prime <- function(num) {
  if (num <= 1) {
  for (i in 2:sqrt(num)) {
    if (num %% i == 0) {

# Generate and print prime numbers up to N
cat("Prime numbers up to", N, "are:\n")
for (i in 2:N) {
  if (is_prime(i)) {
    cat(i, " ")


Enter the value of N: 50
Prime numbers up to 50 are:
3  5  7  11  13  17  19  23  29  31  37  41  43  47

4. Step By Step Explanation

1. The program initiates by asking the user to input a number N, which represents the upper limit for prime number generation.

2. A helper function named is_prime is defined. This function assesses whether a given number num is prime. If num is 2 or greater and is not divisible by any number between 2 and the square root of num, then it's considered prime. The choice of the square root as the upper limit for the loop is a performance optimization since a larger factor of the number would have a corresponding smaller factor that was already checked.

3. The main part of the program loops through numbers from 2 to N. For each number, the is_prime function is invoked to determine if it's prime. If it is, the number gets printed.

This R program offers an efficient and intuitive approach to generate prime numbers. With a clear understanding of the logic behind prime numbers, even larger sequences can be explored!