The reason for so many prime numbers is simply a lack of numbers which are less than the said prime number. While these prime numbers are useful in some cases for things like RSA encryption, they do cause frustration for younger math students because of their stubbornness and obstinence (the numbers, not the students). Prime numbers could be a factor in so many students not liking math, no pun intended.
Take a number like 12, for example. It is not prime due to the fact that there are several numbers, smaller than 12, which divide into it without remainder. Some examples are 3, 4, and 6. A number like 13, however, is lacking a smaller number which can divide into it. For this reason, I am recommending the addition of new numbers into the decimal number set which can accomodate these numbers of prime.
What must be done is to simply add an additional dimension to our number set which can be accessed when needed to divide into the troublesome primes. This additional layer, or dimension, will represent a whole integer number without actually increasing the number beneath it, thereby adding new integers to the decimal number set without changing value of existing numbers. These numbers of the higher dimension will be called floating numbers, singly called peens.
The word “peen” comes from a blend of the word “prime”, and “teen”, which sounds nice at the end of any existing number. When additional numbers are needed to factor out a prime, simply call on a “peen”.
Usage: 17 is prime, but is divisible by 8.5. Here, we can add our new floating number to the 8 and create a new number called eightpeen, or 8~.
This solution is soon to be adopted by the math world and is being considered for ruling on the senate floor and floor of congress. It can also be found on many floors of bird cages.