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Are there any integers which can't be written as a sum of two fourth powers minus a cube?

To be precise, I am asking: Does there exist an integer $k$ such that there do not exist (possibly negative) integers $x,y,z$ satisfying $x^4+y^4=z^3+k$? Heuristically the answer must be yes, in ...
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The lonely molecule

Suppose $n$ air molecules (infinitesimal points) are bouncing around in a unit $d$-dimensional cube, with perfectly elastic wall collisions. Let $k=n^{\frac{1}{d}}$. For example, in 3D, $d=3$, with ...
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Torsion points of abelian varieties in the perfect closure of a function field

The following is a problem, which was recently brought to my attention by H. Esnault and A. Langer. Let $K$ be the function field of a smooth curve over the algebraic closure $k$ of the finite field ...
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Why are solutions to $\sqrt[k]{x_1^k+x_2^k+x_3^k+x_4^k}$ for $k=2,3$ curiously smooth?

Given an integer solution $s_m$ to the system, $$x_1^2+x_2^2+\dots+x_n^2 = y^2$$ $$x_1^3+x_2^3+\dots+x_n^3 = z^3$$ and define the function, $$F(s_m) = x_1+x_2+\dots+x_n$$ For $n\geq3$, using an ...
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Consecutive averages of sequence (or difference quotients of partial sums) always square

I proposed the following problem for the December 2013 USA IMO TST earlier this month: Let $a_1,a_2,a_3,\ldots$ be a sequence of integers, with the property that every consecutive group of $a_i$'s ...
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Growth of $n=n(k)$ for which there's a non-trivial solution to $x_1^k+\cdots+x_n^k=y^k$?

Walter Hayman just asked me the following question. What, if anything, is known about the growth of the function $n(k)$, where $k\geq1$ is an integer, and $n=n(k)\geq2$ is the smallest integer for ...
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Effective proofs of Siegel's theorem using arithmetic geometry

This is a speculation and perhaps naive. The theorem of Siegel that There exist only finitely many integral points on a curve of genus $\geq 1$ over a number ring $\mathcal O_{K, S}$ where $S$ is ...
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Algorithmic (un-)solvability of diophantine equations of given degree with given number of variables

Question: For which $d, k \in \mathbb{N}$ is there an algorithm to determine whether a polynomial diophantine equation $$ P(x_1, \dots, x_k) = 0, \ \ \ P \in \mathbb{Z}[x_1, \dots, x_k] $$ ...
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Integer solutions of $x^2=4+8y^2+13z^2$

I have been looking for integer solutions of certain Diophantine equations, one of the simplest examples being $x^2=4+8y^2+13z^2$. The ideal answer would be a way to parametrize all the integer ...
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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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Diophantine $x^p+y^q=(x+y)^r$

Is the equation: $$x^p+y^q=(x+y)^r$$ in integers $x,y,z,p,q,r$ with $p \geq 2,q \geq 2, r \geq 2$ complete solved? For $(p,q,r)=(n,n,n+1)$ a parametrization is $t=1-s$ and $ ...
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When does the Lloyd polynomial have only integral roots?

For a $t$-error correcting code of length $n$ over the finite field $\mathbb{F}_q$, the Lloyd polynomial is given by $$ L_t(n,x):=\sum_{j=0}^t(-1)^j\binom{x-1}{j}\binom{n-x}{t-j}(q-1)^{t-j}. $$ A ...
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Monte Carlo variant of Hilbert's Tenth Problem

Let $k \in \mathbb{N}$. Given an algorithm $\mathcal{A}$ which takes as argument a polynomial $P \in \mathbb{Z}[x_1,\dots,x_k]$ and either returns true or false, we say that $\mathcal{A}$ works for ...
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Integers in a given box that can be represented by a polynomial

Suppose that $F(x_1, \cdots, x_n) \in \mathbb{Z}[x_1, \cdots, x_n]$ is a polynomial of degree $d$, and examine the quantity $$\displaystyle N(F;X, B) = \# \{(x_1, \cdots, x_n) \in \mathbb{Z}^n | -X ...
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Curves on hypersurfaces generated by diagonal sums

This is related to an earlier question of mine ((Non-)Existence of curves of low degree on affine and projective varieties). It seems that the question is too difficult for specific surfaces, although ...
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Counting Special Rational Points on Cubic Surfaces

A paper of Heath-Brown gives an heuristic argument for the density of rational points on two cubic surfaces: $x^3+y^3+z^3=kw^3,k=2,3$, say, the number of rational points of height less than $N$ on ...
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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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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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A question on M. Mignotte's Paper: “Petho's Cubics”

I have been reading the paper "Petho's Cubics" by M. Mignotte (appeared in Publ. Math. Debrecen, 56/3-4 (2000)) unfortunately I don't understand section 4 of the paper. I am hoping someone could help ...
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Low height integer points on a rank variety

Let $M_i$ be fixed rectangular matrices with integer coefficients less than $n$. Consider the variety defined by the condition $$ \mathrm{rank}(\lambda_1M_1 + \lambda_2M_2 + ... + \lambda_kM_k) = 1. ...
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On 7th and 8th powers for $x_1^k+x_2^k+x_3^k+x_4^k = y_1^k+y_2^k+y_3^k+y_4^k$

The Diophantine equation, $$x_1^k+x_2^k+x_3^k = y_1^k+y_2^k+y_3^k\tag1$$ for either $k=5$ or $6$ is quite well explored, and it has long been known that it has an infinite number of primitive ...
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A question on a paper by Ribet

I'm reading the article On the equation $a^p + 2^\alpha b^p + c^p = 0$ by Ribet (http://math.berkeley.edu/~ribet/Articles/acta.pdf), but I'm having trouble understanding his proof of Theorem 3. For ...
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Integer solutions of $ z^3 y^2 = x(x-1)(x+1)$

According to a conjecture there are no three consecutive powerful numbers. Necessary condition for this is integer solution of $$ z^3 y^2 = x(x-1)(x+1) \qquad (1) $$ What are integer solutions ...
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Ternary form related to identity for abc conjecture

Consider the identity: $$ \begin{aligned} f_1 &= 4 (4 x + z) \cdot z^{3} \\ f &= x^{4} + 4 x^{3} y + 6 x^{2} y^{2} + 4 x y^{3} + y^{4} + 4 x^{3} z + 12 x^{2} y z + 12 x y^{2} z + 4 y^{3} z + ...
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Effective Lang-Weil bounds for del Pezzo surfaces

Let $X$ be variety in $\mathbb{P}^N$ over $\mathbb{F}_q$ of dimension $n$ and degree $d$. By the Lang-Weil bounds $ |\# X(\mathbb{F}_q) - q^n| \le (d-1)(d-2)q^{n-1/2} + Cq^{n-1}$for a constant $C$ ...
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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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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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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 ...
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The surface $ x^2 y^2 + 1 = (x^2 + y^2) z^2 $

Hi, I'm trying to find all rational points on the surface of the title, in connection with the Euler Brick (AKA Rational Box) problem. This surface is equivalent to $ x^2 z^2 - 1 = (x^2 - z^2) y^2 $, ...
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Asymptotics related to the Erdos--Moser diophantine equation

I share the authorship of this question with Pieter Moree. In our recent joint work with Y. Gallot (arXiv:0907.1356 [math.NT]) we attack the Erdős--Moser diophantine equation $$ ...
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Diophantine equations and the numbers $4,7,8$

Consider the diophantine equation $$ x^n+y^n+z^n=k\cdot xyz, $$ where $n,x,y,z$ are positive integers. Now consider $k\in\left\{4,7,8\right\}$. It is well-known or easily provable that for $n=1$ and ...
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Diophantine equations over cyclotomic fields

Let $\mathbb{Q}^{\text{ab}}$ be the compositum of all finite abelian extensions of $\mathbb{Q}$. Explicitly, $\mathbb{Q}^{\text{ab}}$ is the field obtained from $\mathbb{Q}$ by adjoining all roots of ...
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n-ary quadratic forms with $S$-integer values

Let $Q(x_1,\ldots,x_n):=x_1^2+\cdots+x_n^2$ be an $n$-ary quadratic form. Given a finite set of (rational) primes $S$ is there an algorithm or theorem that describes all solutions to ...
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What is the general feeling for Hilbert's 10th problem for Q?

We know that Hilbert's 10th problem for $\mathbb{Z}$ is undecidable. I was wondering whether there is a strong opinion in the mathematical community on the decidability of Hilbert's 10th for ...
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Congruences of binary forms

Suppose $f(x,y) \in \mathbb{Z}[x,y]$ is a binary form (that is, homogeneous polynomial in two variables). Further suppose that $f$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{Z}$ and has no fixed prime divisor. Let ...
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Algorithm for solutions to quadratic forms over number fields

Are there any know (preferably implemented) algorithms to find solutions to quadratic forms over number fields (or global fields)? I am especially interested in the quaternary case. There exist some ...
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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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Hurwitz integers and $F_4$

The Hurwitz integers are $$ \mathcal H= \{a+bi+cj+dk:a,b,c,d\in\mathbb Z\;\text{ or } \;a,b,c,d\in \tfrac12+\mathbb Z\}. $$ I want to know if there is a formula, for $m\in\mathbb Z$, for the number ...
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is exponential diophantine over Qp

Thanks to Matiyasevic, we all know that exponential is diophantine over the integers. Also, thanks to transcendental number theory, we know that exponential is not diophantine over the rationals. So ...
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Prove a parametrization function is surjective

As a starting note, I would like to say that I haven't (yet) taken courses in Set Theory, so some higher-level notation may be lost on me (and I may not write everything conventionally), but I'll do ...
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Is $ a^2b^2-ab-ap$ a perfect square for suitable $a,b\in \mathbb{Z}^+$?

Consider the expression $$ a^2b^2-ab-ap\qquad (a,b\in \mathbb{Z}^+), $$ where $p\equiv1\pmod{4}$. Question. For every prime $p\equiv1\pmod{4}$ do there exist $a,b\in\mathbb{Z}^+$ such that ...
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Equation in the Gaussian Integers

Let $a,b \in \mathbb{N}$. Is there a possibility to characterize the solutions of $a N(\alpha) - b N(\beta)=1$ where $\alpha,\beta \in \mathbb{Z}[i]$? In particular I am interested in the case $a=1$ ...
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Question about link between non-terminals of grammars and variables of Diophantine equations

If we change the right arrow in the rewriting rules of grammar into equators , changes all terminals into x and keep the non-terminals unchanged,we get system of equations.In some cases,those ...
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Cassels-Birch-Davenport theorem for multiple quadratic forms of certain type

A classical theorem of Cassels states that if a homogenous quadratic form $Q$ has an integer zero, then there is a zero of small height (bounded solely by the coefficients and number of variables). ...
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Integral points on affine rational curves over $\mathbb{Q}$

Given a rational curve $C:(f_1(t),f_2(t))$, where $f_i(t),i=1,2$ are rational functions with rational coefficients. Question: Is there any criterion(proved or conjectural) for the existence of ...
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Is there any track for proving $D=NP$, besides showing that $D$ has polynomial-bounded universal quantifiers?

Background By the MRDP theorem, every for every recursively enumerable set $S$, there exists a Diophantine polynomial $p$ such that $$x \in S \iff \exists y_1, \dots, y_n \in \mathbb{N} \text{ such ...
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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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Quartic case of a theorem of Bombieri and Pila

I am interested in the ternary case of a theorem of Bombieri and Pila, in E. Bombieri and J. Pila, "The number of integral points on arcs and ovals", Duke Mathematical Journal., 59 (1989), 337-357. ...
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Checking local solubility of varieties at “bad” primes

Let $X$ be smooth variety defined over $\mathbb{Q}$. If we want to check that $X$ is locally soluble at a prime $p$, then it suffices to find a non-singular $\mathbb{F}_p$ point, which can be lifted ...