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### Why certain diophantine equations are interesting (and others are not) ?

It is quite clear why certain differential equations, among the jungle of possible diff equations that is possible to conceive, are studied: some come from physical problems, or from "spontaneous" ...

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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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### Fermat's last theorem over larger fields

Fermat's last theorem implies that the number of solutions of $x^5 + y^5 = 1$ over $\mathbb{Q}$ is finite.
Is the number of solutions of $x^5 + y^5 = 1$ over $\mathbb{Q}^{\text{ab}}$ finite?
Here ...

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### Infinitely many solutions of a diophantine equation

If $P(x,y,...,z)$ is a polynomial with integer coefficients then every integer solution of $P=0$ corresponds to a homomorphism from $\mathbb{Z}[x,y,...,z]/(P)$ to $\mathbb{Z}$. So there are infinitely ...

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### On a remark of Tait on FLT for the exponent 3

This is one of those recreational questions that aren't really about research. I found a curious remark in an old volume of American Mathematical Monthly (1922) which I'll quote below:
In the ...

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### A binomial generalization of the FLT: Bombieri's Napkin Problem

This is an extract from Apéry's biography
(which some of the people have already enjoyed in
this answer).
During a mathematician's dinner in
Kingston, Canada, in 1979, the
conversation turned ...

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### Why do Pell equations appear in Ramanujan's pi formulas?

While answering this MSE question about the Pell equation $x^2-29y^2=1$, I noticed that certain fundamental solutions appeared in Ramanujan's famous pi formula.
I. Given the fundamental unit,
...

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### Can the difference of two distinct Fibonacci numbers be a square infinitely often?

Can the difference of two distinct Fibonacci numbers be a square infinitely often?
There are few solutions with indices $<10^{4}$ the largest two being $F_{14}-F_{13}=12^2$ and ...

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### Patterns among integer-distance points

Mark each point of $\mathbb{N}^2$ ($\mathbb{N}$ the natural numbers) if its
Euclidean distance from the origin is an integer. One obtains a plot like this, symmetric about the $45^\circ$ diagonal.
...

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### Are nontrivial integer solutions known for $x^3+y^3+z^3=3$?

The Diophantine equation
$$x^3+y^3+z^3=3$$
has four easy integer solutions: $(1,1,1)$ and the three permutations of $(4,4,-5)$. Elsenhans and Jahnel wrote in 2007 that these were all the solutions ...

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### Trost's Discriminant Trick

The following little trick was introduced by E. Trost
(Eine Bemerkung zur Diophantischen Analysis,
Elem. Math. 26 (1971), 60-61). For showing that a diophantine equation
such as $x^4 - 2y^2 = 1$ ...

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### Solve in positive integers $n!=m(m+1)$

Is anybody know a solution of this problem? (Sorry, I've missed one summand in the previous post.)

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### Does Fermat's last theorem hold in the ordinals?

My question is whether there are no nontrivial solutions in the ordinals of the equations arising in Fermat's last theorem $$x^n+y^n=z^n$$
where $n\gt 2$, and where we use the natural ordinal ...

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### Parametric solutions of Pell's equation

Given a positive integer $n$ which is not a perfect square, it is well-known that
Pell's equation $a^2 - nb^2 = 1$ is always solvable in non-zero integers $a$ and $b$.
Question: Let $n$ be a ...

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### $x^4+y^4$ powerful for relatively prime $x,y$

I asked this question on the NMBRTHRY mailing list on
17 February 2014, but it remains unsolved as far as I know.
Recall that a "powerful
number" is a positive integer whose prime factorizations
$m = ...

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votes

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### Consecutive square values of cubic polynomials

Let $P(x)$ be a cubic polynomial with integer coefficients. Does there exist a constant $c$ such that at least one of the following values $P(0),P(1),...,P(c)$ is not a square?
It is known that the ...

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### Proving non-existence of solutions to $3^n-2^m=t$ without using congruences

I made a passing comment under Max Alekseyev's cute answer to this question and Pete Clark suggested I raise it explicitly as a different question. I cannot give any motivation for it however---it was ...

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### Polynomials with rational coefficients

Long time ago there was a question
on whether a polynomial bijection $\mathbb Q^2\to\mathbb Q$ exists. Only one attempt
of answering it has been given, highly downvoted by the way. But this answer ...

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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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### State of knowledge of $a^n+b^n=c^n+d^n$ vs. $a^n+b^n+c^n=d^n+e^n+f^n$

As far as I understand, both of the Diophantine equations
$$a^5 + b^5 = c^5 + d^5$$
and
$$a^6 + b^6 = c^6 + d^6$$
have no known nontrivial solutions, but
$$24^5 + 28^5 + 67^5 = 3^5+64^5+62^5$$
and
...

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### The diophantine eq. $x^4 +y^4 +1=z^2$

This question is an exact duplicate of the question
Does the equation $x^4+y^4+1=z^2$ have a non-trivial solution?
posted by Tito Piezas III on math.stackexchange.com.
The background of ...

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### Fermat's Last Theorem in the cyclotomic integers.

Kummer proved that there are no non-trivial solutions to the Fermat equation FLT(n): $x^n + y^n = z^n$ with $n > 2$ natural and $x,y,z$ elements of a regular cyclotomic ring of integers $K$.
I am ...

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votes

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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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### 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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votes

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### Ramanujan's pi formulas with a twist

Given the binomial function $\binom{n}{k}$.
1. Define the following sequences,
$$\begin{aligned}
u_1(k) &= \tbinom{2k}{k}\tbinom{3k}{k}\tbinom{6k}{3k} = 1, 120, 83160, 81681600,\dots \\
u_2(k) ...

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votes

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### Diophantine equation with no integer solutions, but with solutions modulo every integer

It's probably common knowledge that there are Diophantine equations which do not admit any solutions in the integers, but which admit solutions modulo $n$ for every $n$. This fact is stated, for ...

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### Pythagorean 5-tuples

What is the solution of the equation $x^2+y^2+z^2+t^2=w^2$ in polynomials over C ("Pythagorean 5-tuples")?
There are simple formulas describing Pythagorean n-tuples for n=3,4,6:
n=3. The formula ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Does the equation $241+2^{2s+1}=m^2$ have a solution?

Let $p$ be a prime congruent to $1$ mod. 8.
If $p= 17$ one has : $p+ 8 = 5 ^2$.
If $p= 41$ one has : $p+ 8 = 7 ^2$.
If $p= 73$ one has : $p+ 8 = 9 ^2$.
If $p= 89$ one has : $p+ 32 = 11 ^2$.
If ...

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votes

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### Which Diophantine equations can be solved using continued fractions?

Pell equations can be solved using continued fractions. I have heard that some elliptic curves can be "solved" using continued fractions. Is this true?
Which Diophantine equations other than Pell ...

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votes

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### Lower bounds on the easier Waring problem

The easier Waring problem asks for the least number $v=v(k)$ such that every every integer is a sum of $v$ $k$'th powers with signs, i.e. every $n\in \mathbb{N}$ is of the form $$n=x_1^k\pm ...

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votes

**0**answers

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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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votes

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### Origin of the term “Diophantine equation”

It seems that the term "Diophantine equation" has been around at least since the second half of the 19th century, since the historian Hermann Hankel writes (polemically) in the chapter on Diophantus ...

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### Striking applications of Baker's theorem

I saw that there are many "applications" questions in Mathoverflow; so hopefully this is an appropriate question. I was rather surprised that there were only five questions at Mathoverflow so far with ...

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votes

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### Not-lonely runners

The lonely runner conjecture
has several formulations.
They all involve a number $n$ runners running on a circular track,
each with a different speeds, and the conjecture is that each runner is ...

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votes

**4**answers

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### Number of $\mathbb F_p$ points constant mod $p$?

I have some affine varieties $X$ defined over $\mathbb Z$, and associated integers $c(X)$, with the property that $\# X_{\mathbb Z/p} \equiv c(X) \bmod p$ for all $p$. (In particular $c(X)$ is usually ...

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votes

**0**answers

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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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votes

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### Finding integer points on elliptic curves via divisibility conditions like $(a+b)^2 \mid (2b^3+6ab^2-1)$

Is the following conjecture correct?
Conjecture. The divisibility condition $(\alpha+\beta)^2 \mid (2\beta^3+6\alpha\beta^2-1)$ has no solutions in positive integers $1 \le \beta < \alpha < ...

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votes

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### Random Diophantine polynomials: Percent solvable?

Suppose one generates a random polynomial
of degree $d$ with integer coefficients
uniformly distributed within $[-c_\max,c_\max]$.
For example, for
$d=8$, $|c_\max|=100$, here is one random ...

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votes

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### Diophantine equation: Egyptian fraction representations of 1

According to the OEIS (A002966) there are 294314 solutions in positive integers to the equation
$$\sum_{i=1}^7\frac{1}{x_i}=1$$ assuming $x_1\leq x_2\leq\cdots\leq x_7$.
Similarly for 8 summands there ...

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votes

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### More elliptic curves for $a^4+b^4+c^4+d^4 = (a+b+c+d)^4$?

(Note: See also the $a^4+b^4+c^4 = 1$ version in this old MSE post.)
The equation discussed in a paper by Jacobi and Madden,
$$a^4+b^4+c^4+d^4 = (a+b+c+d)^4 = z^4\tag1$$
or equivalently,
$$(p-2q + ...

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votes

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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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votes

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### Advances and difficulties in effective version of Thue-Roth-Siegel Theorem

A fundamental result in Diophantine approximation, which was largely responsible for Klaus Roth being awarded the Fields Medal in 1958, is the following simple-to-state result:
If $\alpha$ is a real ...

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votes

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### Is there an elementary way to find the integer solutions to $x^2-y^3=1$?

I gave this problem to my undergraduate assistant, as I saw that Euler had originally solved it (although I am having trouble finding his proof). After working on it for two weeks, we boiled the hard ...

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votes

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### Transforming a Diophantine equation to an elliptic curve

I heard that the following problem lead to determine the rational points of an elliptic curve:
For which integers $n$ there are integers $x,y,z$ such that $x/y+y/z+z/x=n$. Could anyone show me why ...

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votes

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### Special arithmetic progressions involving perfect squares

Some time ago the following rather easy problem appeared in an online publication called "Problems in Elementary NT" by Hojoo Lee:
Prove that there are infinitely many positive integers $a$, $b$, $c$ ...

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votes

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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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votes

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### Failing of heuristics from circle method

The heuristic from circle method for integral points on diagonal cubic surfaces $x^3+y^3+z^3=a$ ($a$ is a cubic-free integer) seems to fit well with numerical computations by ANDREAS-STEPHAN ELSENHANS ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Can we extend the proof of Catalan's conjecture?

What is it, in Mihailescu's proof of Catalan conjecture, that uses explicitly the fact that there is a 1 on the right hand side of $x^p - y^q = 1$? In other words, why can't we extend his argument to ...

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votes

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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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votes

**1**answer

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### Fermat's Bachet-Mordell Equation

Fermat once claimed that the only integral solutions to $y^2 = x^3 - 2$ are $(3, \pm 5)$.
Fermat knew Bachet's duplication formulas (more precisely, Bachet had a formula for computing what we call ...