Consider the following diophantine equation $$n = (3^x - 2^x)/(2^y - 3^x),$$ where $x$ and $y$ are positive integers and $2^y > 3^x$.
Does $n$ have any other integer solutions besides the case when $x=1$ and $y=2$, which give $n=1$?
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Sign up to join this communityConsider the following diophantine equation $$n = (3^x - 2^x)/(2^y - 3^x),$$ where $x$ and $y$ are positive integers and $2^y > 3^x$.
Does $n$ have any other integer solutions besides the case when $x=1$ and $y=2$, which give $n=1$?
This follows quickly from the observations of user44191. Check each $1 \leq x \leq 66$ and note that, for $x \geq 67$, we have $y < 1.6x$. Applying lower bounds for linear forms in two complex logarithms (as in, say, Theorem 5.2 of de Weger's thesis), we have that $$ 2^y - 3^x \geq 3^{0.9x}, $$ since $3^x > 10^{15}$. From the fact that $2^y-3^x \mid 2^{y-x}-1$, it follows that $$ 2^{0.6x}-1 \geq 3^{0.9x}, $$ a contradiction.