It is easy to see that no integer congruent to $4$ or $-4$ modulo $9$ can be written as the sum of three integer cubes. In view of this and Question 331163, I proposed the following conjecture in March 2019.

Conjecture. Every integer $n$ can be written as $x^3+2y^3+3z^3$ with $x,y,z$ integers. That is, $$\{x^3+2y^3+3z^3:\ x,y,z\in\mathbb Z\}=\mathbb Z.$$

This conjecture has an interesting application. Under the conjecture, my result on Hilbert's Tenth Problem implies that there is no effective algorithm to test for a general polynomial $P(x_1,\ldots,x_{33})$ with integer coefficients whether the diophantine equation $$P(x_1^{3},\ldots,x_{33}^3)=0$$ has integer solutions.

Quite recently, my PhD student Chen Wang checked my above conjecture seriously. He found that the set $$\{0,\ldots,5000\}\setminus\{x^3+2y^3+3z^3:\ x,y,z\in\{-30000,\ldots,30000\}\}$$ only contains four numbers: $36,\ 288,\ 2304,\ 4500.$ For example, he obtained that $$3772=(-20027)^3+2\times15936^3+3\times(-2739)^3.$$ Note that $$288=2^3\times 36,\ \ 2304=4^3\times36,\ \ 4500=5^3\times36.$$ So, to finish the verification of the conjecture for all $n=0,\ldots,5000$, it remains to find $x,y,z\in\mathbb Z$ with $x^3+2y^3+3z^3=36$.

QUESTION. Are there integers $x,y,z$ satisfying $x^3+2y^3+3z^3=36$?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't know if Andrew Booker's algorithm can be generalized from the sum of three cubes problem to this one, but surely Noam Elkies' algorithm can be adapted. $\endgroup$
    – Will Sawin
    May 11, 2019 at 2:03
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    $\begingroup$ oeis.org/A014136 $\endgroup$ May 11, 2019 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Bullet51 That is peculiar. The OEIS sequence lists 288 as a number that is not expressible in this form ... $\endgroup$
    – EGME
    May 11, 2019 at 14:21
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think that your conjecture is any easier than the analogous conjecture on $x^3+y^3+z^3$. $\endgroup$
    – GH from MO
    May 11, 2019 at 14:33
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    $\begingroup$ On my request, Andrew Booker obtained that the equation $x^3+2y^3+3z^3=36$ has no integral solutions with $\max\{|x|,|y|\}\le 10^8$. $\endgroup$ May 16, 2019 at 19:12

1 Answer 1


Above equation shown below:

$x^3+2y^3+3z^3=n$ ------------$(1)$

Above equation $(1)$ can be written as:


Seiji Tomita has shown that for $(a+b=c)$ there are rational solution's for any '$n$'.

For, $n=36$, $(a,b,c)=(1,2,3)$, the solution is:


The above numerical solution is equivalent to:


And, 26244= (9)^3*(36)

His web page link is:


Click on "Computational number theory" & select article # 313.

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    $\begingroup$ But the question asks for integer solutions for every $n$, not rational solutions. $\endgroup$
    – Nik Weaver
    May 16, 2019 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ There are "smaller" rational solutions like $(x,y,z)=(1/3, 10/3, -7/3)$ or $=(11/3, 2/3, -5/3 )$. $\endgroup$
    – Xarles
    Jun 16, 2019 at 9:26

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