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How small can a totally positive integer be?

Consider a large, fixed $M>2$. For each $n$, let $\alpha_n$ denote the smallest algebraic integer of degree at most $n$, all of whose Galois conjugates lie in the real interval $(0,M)$. Is there ...
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A family of polynomials with symmetric galois group

Consider the following family of polynomials in $K[x,y]$, where $K$ has characteristic zero: $f_n(x,y)=(x+y)^n+(x-1)y^n,$ for $n\geq 3$. I can prove that $f_n(x,y)$ has an irreducible factor of ...
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Which numbers appear as discriminants of cubics?

I'm trying to show that all possible splitting fields occur for a class of cubic polynomials, so have started by looking at the discriminants. Clearly, given that they are products of squares, all ...
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Old question of Serre on discriminants of a sequence of polynomials

Let $P_n(t)$ be polynomials with integer coefficients with $d_n = \deg(P_n(t))$ going to infinity when $n$ goes to infinity and with nonzero discriminants $disc(P_n(t)) \neq 0$. Question: Is $$ ...
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algebraic numbers of degree 3 and 6, whose sum has degree 12

This question is related to Degree of sum of algebraic numbers. Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but are there two algebraic numbers $a$ and $b$ of degree $3$ and $6$ respectively, such that the ...
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Dissecting trapezoids into triangles of equal area

[Lightly edited for copy and proper formatting of mathematics. -- Pete L. Clark] The Background: Let $T$ be a trapezoid. Sherman Stein, using valuation theory, showed that if $T$ is dissectible into ...
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Integers not represented by $ 2 x^2 + x y + 3 y^2 + z^3 - z $

EDIT, 9 March 2014: when I asked this in 2010, I did not have the courage of my convictions, and so did not ask for an if and only if proof, as Kevin Buzzard quite properly pointed out. Such problems ...