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The modular arithmetic contradiction trick for Diophantine equations

It is a slick, and seemingly ad-hoc, technique often used to prove that a Diophantine equation has no solutions. The equation $f(x_1,\ldots, x_k)=0$, with variables $x_i\in\mathbb{Z}$ and some ...
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Diophantine: a^n + b^n + c^n = d^n and a^n + b^n = c^n + d^n

Let us consider the equation $a^n+b^n=c^n$ for positive integers $a,b,c$ and $n\ge 2$. The $n=2$ case has a well-known and beautiful parametrization known as Pythagorean triples. Fermat's Last Theorem ...
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Is there an online encyclopedia of Diophantine equations (OEDE)?

Hello all! I'm just wondering if there is an online encyclopedia of Diophantine equations (OEDE), analogous to the OEIS for sequences. While trying to solve one Diophantine equation, I reduced the ...
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Classification of these Binary Quadratic Forms

What are necessary and sufficient conditions on a binary quadratic form $ax^2+bxy+cy^2$, with integer coefficients and solution set in integers, to be equivalent to $x^2-y^2$, and separately to ...
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Consecutive Integer Squared Square

Is it possible to construct a squared square out of consecutive integer squares? Be it 1,2,3,...n or k,k+1,k+2,...n.
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The Jones-Sato-Wada-Wiens polynomial for prime numbers and differential calculus?

After works of Davis, Matijasevic, Putman and Robinson between 1960 and 1970, we know that every recursively enumerable set of numbers can be represented by a polynomial. In particular, it's the case ...
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Can repunits be perfect cubes?

Is it true that the equation $10^{n}-9m^{3}=1$ has only one positive integer solution, namely $n=m=1$? I can't find the answer. This has an equivalent description that the repunits $R_n = 11\dots1$ ...
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Help with this system of Diophantine equations

A couple hours ago, I'd posted a Diophantine equation question, but realized that I'd committed a rather preposterous blunder deriving it. This is the actual question which I'm trying to solve:- For ...
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Help with this Diophantine equation

Note: This question was posted in error, and should be closed as no longer relevant. The correct question is posted at Help with this system of Diophantine equations (End of note) For a research ...
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Effect of abc conjecture on Fermat's Last Theorem

A website ( http://www.math.unicaen.fr/~nitaj/abc.html#Consequences ) says that the $abc$ conjecture implies that there are only finitely many solutions to the equation $x^n+y^n=z^n$ with ...
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Diophantine equation with primitive nth root of unity

Fix an $n$th primitive root of unity $\xi$. I need to understand if we can characterize in an easy way all the solutions $k \in \mathbb{Z}$ of the equation $\left|1-\left(-\frac{\xi^k - ...
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Reference for original paper (but translated to English) of Matiyasevich's proof of Fibonacci relation being Diophantine?

Hello. I am a maths undergraduate. I am doing a project about history of mathematics. I am looking for the original solution to Hilbert's 10th problem, or at least the theorems that is accessible to ...
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A sequence based on Catalan–Mihăilescu problem

It was conjectured by Catalan in 1844 that the only solutions of the equation $x^a-y^b=1$ over variables $a,b,x,y\in\mathbb{N^+}$ are trivial ones: $3^1-2^1=1$ and $3^2-2^3=1$. The conjecture was ...
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What is known about a^2 + b^2 = c^2 + d^2

Could you state or direct me to results regarding the Diophantine equation $a^2+b^2=c^2+d^2$ over integers? Specifically, I am looking for a complete parametrization. In the case that a complete ...
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Solutions to $\binom{n}{5} = 2 \binom{m}{5}$

In Finite Mathematics by Lial et al. (10th ed.), problem 8.3.34 says: On National Public Radio, the Weekend Edition program posed the following probability problem: Given a certain number of ...
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References on techniques for solving equations with discontinuous functions such as floor and ceiling?

Here I describe the sort of reference I'm after with a motivating example. I am not seeking solutions to my equations on this forum; I'm quite happy to do that myself. Rather, I'm asking for some good ...
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$a^5+b^5=c^5+d^5$ and polynomial identities

No nontrivial integer solutions to $$ a^5+b^5=c^5+d^5 \qquad (1)$$ are known. (1) has infinitely many solutions in an extension of $\mathbb{Z}$ (root of $9-15x+37x^2 $ ) resulting from genus 0 curve ...
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What analytic tools can provide a lower bound for this Diophantine equation?

The resolution of the Diophantine equation $$m! = n(n+1)$$ was asked on M.SE. My intuition says that this cannot be solved by elementary means - apologies if I am mistaken. I felt that the following ...
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Binary expansion of squares

I came across the following simple question: what odd integer squares have exactly 3 ones in their binary expansion? After looking at it for a while I convinced myself that the only solutions to $r^2 ...
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sum of three cubes and parametric solutions

The first paragraph in the following link asserts that the equation $x^3+y^3+z^3=2$ has finite many parametric solutions over $\mathbb{Q}$, i.e., there are finite many polynomial triples ...
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Catalan-type equations for prime powers

Do there exist nonzero integers $a,b,c$ for which the equation $$aX + bY = cZ$$ has infinitely many solutions with $X,Y,Z$ distinct prime powers? For example, if there are infinitely many Sophie ...
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When adding a constant makes a multivariate polynomial reducible?

Given a multivariate polynomial $f(x_1,\dots,x_n)$ with integer coefficients, how to find an integer $m$ (if it exists) such that $f(x_1,\dots,x_n) + m$ factors into polynomials of smaller degrees? ...
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Semimagic Squares and Partitions

Say, we have a semimagic square $X$, that is, an $n\times n$ square matrix with entries from natural numbers, such that each row and column of it sums up to the same natural number $s$. Let $M$ be a ...
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Like Diophantine equation

Dear all, I have posted this question on m.s.e. Unfortunately, no one responded to answer. I hope, this site and members of this site will answer my questions. The equation $x^n - ny^x-nxy$ = $0$ ...
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Expressions of $tanh$ type whose continued fractions have two shifts per period

This is a follow-up of another thread about quasi periodic continued fractions, a.k.a. Hurwitz fractions, with some linear shifts. I seem to have found the pattern of a subclass of them, as given ...
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Representations with Triangular Numbers

A well known theorem of Gauss says that any natural number $n$ may be written as the sum of three triangular numbers - $$ n={a_{1} \choose 2}+{a_{2} \choose 2}+{a_{3} \choose 2} $$ The following ...
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Sets of integers represented by degree zero rational functions

Suppose $f(x_1,x_2,\dots)=\frac{P}{Q}$, where $P,Q$ are polynomials in several variables with integer coefficients that have the same degree. Let's denote by $S(f)$ the set of integers $n$ for which ...
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Does every polynomial diophantine equation have solutions modulo p?

Obviously, this is not exactly true; what I am really asking is whether any diophantine polynomial equation with integer coefficients (let's call them DPEICs) who's solution does not admit ...
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quasi periodic continued fractions and powers of e, tanh, tan

It is well known that some transcendental numbers like e.g. rational multiples of $e^{2/n}$ with $n\in\mathbb N $, when written as regular continued fractions (R.C.F.), yield what can be called a ...
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Are there Heronian triangles that can be decomposed into three smaller ones?

Is there anything known about the existence of Heronian triangles ABC (i.e. with rational side lengths and rational area) that can be decomposed into three Heronian triangles ABD, BCD, CAD? ...
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Any non-conforming numbers?

Consider the function $x^m \pm y^n \pm z^p$, where $x, y, z, m, n, p$ are integers such that $m, n, p \geq 2$. The question is, are all numbers expressable using this function? Are there any ...
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Weak classes of diophantine functions

From a well-known work(s) by Putnam, Davis, Robinson and Matiyasevich, we know that every partially recursive function is diophantine. Now it seems a natural question to ask: can we say something ...
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Diophantine equation solutions

I am not able to make headway on solving the diophantine equation $x^m - y^n = 6.$ Are there any solutions to this? What about $x^m - y^n = 14,$ and $= 30$ (both $m$ and $n$ are at least $2$).
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Maximum size of powers with a given difference

Pillai's conjecture -- that the gap between (nontrivial) powers is unbounded below -- is still open (it would be a consequence of the $abc$ conjecture, were that proven). But I wonder what the right ...
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What is the geometry of an undecidable diophantine equation?

As an arithmetic algebraic geometer of the highest moral fiber, I am trained to look at Diophantine equations in terms of the geometry of the corresponding scheme. For instance, if the Diophantine ...
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The diophantine equation X^2 - Y^2 - Z^2 = +- 1

Hi everybody. I'd like to know if the diophantine equation (1) $$X^2 - Y^2 - Z^2 = \pm 1$$ has been studied and if the set of its solutions $(X,Y,Z)$ is known. I appreciate any reference. Thank you ...
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Solving equations in a subset of rational numbers

Let $S$ be a set of all positive rational numbers $x$ such that $2x^2 - 1$ is a square, excluding $x=1$. I am interested in computing as many as possible solutions in $S$ to either the following ...
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Integer solutions of x^n + y^n = z^{n-1}

This is related to another question I am interested in the non-trivial integer solutions of $$ x^n + y^n = z^{n-1} $$ for $n \ge 4$. A solution is trivial if $xyz=0$ or $x = \pm y$. There are ...
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Diophantine Equation with Polynomial Coefficients

DISCLAIMER: I'm primarily a graph theorist and am fairly inept when it comes to classical number theory. Recently I have been looking at the possibility (or impossibility) of embedding various graphs ...
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Erdős-Straus with 4 terms

The Erdős-Straus conjecture states that any fraction of the form $\frac{4}{n}$ can be decomposed as an Egyptian fraction with just 3 terms. In related research, I've recently come across conditions on ...
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Examples of finiteness of rational points for hypersurfaces in $\mathbb P^3_{\mathbb Q}$ of degree $>4$.

Given an homogeneous polynomial $F(X,Y,Z,T)\in \mathbb Q[X,Y,Z,T]$ of degree $>4$, the surface it defines is well-known to be of general type. Suppose, moreover, that this surface doesn't contain ...
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seeking an integer parameterization for A^2+B^2=C^2+D^2+1

I'm looking for a complete [integer] parameterization of all integer solutions to the Diophantine equation $A^2+B^2=C^2+D^2+1$, analogous to the classical parameterization of the Pythagorean ...
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Rational solutions to x^3 + y^3 + z^3 - 3xyz = 1

I can show that there infinitely many solutions to this equation. Is it possible that the set of rational solutions is dense?
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what is the maximum number of rational points of a curve of genus 2 over the rationals

Conjecturally, there exists an integer $n$ such that the number of rational points of a genus $2$ curve over $\mathbf{Q}$ is at most $n$. (This follows from the Bombieri-Lang conjecture.) We are ...
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is there a solution to system of linear Diophantine equations?

I have a matrix A \in Z^{n \by m}, where m > n and a vector b \in Z^n. Then, under what conditions does an integer solution exist to the equation Ax = b. Is there a way to bound the norm of the ...
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how do you bound exponent of x^2+1=y^p

for p a prime exponent using linear forms in logs? So far I have (x-i)(x+i)=y^p which are coprime and hence x+i=(a+ib)^p , now how do I get a linear form in logs so that I can find an upper bound on ...
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Diophantine equation over Z[i]

I'm trying to generate the set of solutions of a specific diophantine equation over Z[i]. The equation is the following: $$ z_1^2 + z_2^2 + z_1*z_2 + 39 = 0$$ with $ z_1$ (resp $z_2$) such that ...
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Efficient counting of Egyptian fractions with bounded denominators

I was amazed to discover that sequence http://oeis.org/A020473 in the OEIS has almost four hundred terms computed. I wonder how one can get that far? E.g., how one can compute A020473(100)? P.S. ...
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Symmetric functions on three parameters being perfect squares

Is it possible for $x+y+z, xy+yz+zx$, and $xyz$ to be perfect squares at the same time for positive integer values of $x,y,z$?
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0,1 solution to system of linear integer equations.

I have the following problem: $A x = b$ where $A, b$ - $m \times n$-maxtrix and $m$-vector of nonnegative intgers (respectivelly). $x \in \{0,1\}^n $ - vector of binary variables, which need to be ...