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### Find all possible rational values of a parametric quartic such that it is reducible

Description: Given the following parametric quartic polynomial
$y^4 - 28 z y^3 - 14 (656 - 328 z + 83 z^2) y^2 +
4 z (-20464 + 10232 z + 3409 z^2) y +
91 (62208 - 62208 z + 41504 z^2 - 12976 z^3 ...

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### cohomological obstructions and rational points

Let $X$ a (nice) scheme over $\mathbb{Q}$. Are there cohomolgical obstructions answering the following questions:
1) is $X(\mathbb{Q})$ an empty set ?
2) is $X(\mathbb{Q})$ a finite (non empty) set ...

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### Elliptic curves and connected components

Are there elliptic curves of positive rank with two real connected components
in which all the rational points lie only on one component?
Concrete examples are really appreciated.

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### The uniform boundedness of rational torsion for traceless abelian surfaces over a function field

The function field analog of the theorem of Mazur-Kamienny-Merel (giving a universal bound in $[K:\mathbb{Q}]$ for the size of the $K$-rational torsion of an elliptic curve) is immediate just from the ...

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### rational points of a hyperelliptic curve

I have the following hyperelliptic curve of genus $2$:
$$
y^2 = 561 x^6 - 41904 x^5 + 627264 x^4 + 11860992 x^3 - 197074944 x^2 + 124416^2
$$
I need to find all the rational points on this curve. ...

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### Schoenberg's Rational Polygon Problem

"A polygon is said to be rational if all its sides and diagonals are rational, and I. J. Schoenberg has posed the difficult question, ‘Can any given polygon be approximated as closely as we like by ...

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### Maximum number of general-position points with mutual rational distances?

Richard Guy has shown that there are six points in the plane—no three collinear,
no four cocircular—such that all interpoint distances are rational.
Guy, Richard. Unsolved Problems in ...

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### What is the complexity of finding an integral point on an elliptic curve?

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over rational numbers. We know that the set of integral points on $E$ is finite. What is the complexity of finding a point $P\in E(\mathbb{Z})$?
Indeed I'm trying to find ...

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### Rational points techniques on curves not using their Jacobian

Let $C/K$ be a curve of genus > 2 over a number field $K$ and suppose there exists a $p \in C(K)$. Then a recurring theme in studying $C(K)$ is using the map $C \to J(C)$ normalized by sending $p$ to ...

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### Circles avoiding rational points of height $\le h$

Q. Which origin-centered circles $C(r)$ (or spheres in dimension $d$)
of radius $r < 1$ avoid all rational points
of height $\le h$?
A rational point is a point all of whose coordinates ...

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### Coarse moduli spaces and rational points [closed]

Let $K$ be a field (not necessarily algraically closed). Let $\mathcal{F}$ be a contravariant functor from the category of schemes over $K$ to sets and $M$ be a coase moduli space for the functor. So, ...

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### What is our current knowledge on the structure of J_0(N)(Q) and J_1(N)(Q)

The question in the title naturally breaks up in two parts, namely the torsion part and the rank part. I already read about some results on both the torsion and the rank part. And I want to know ...

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### Existence of local sections

I would like to know when the property of "having a section" for a morphism of varieties in characteristic $0$ can be detected by spreading out to characteristic $p$.
Take a number field $K$, and let ...

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### Is the following consequence of the Lang conjecture known?

This came up in a discussion with a colleague of mine, who studies PDEs. He was asking for a function $f \colon \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ such that, for all but finitely many $n$, the ...

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### Benchmark problems for computing rational points on varieties

Are there standard benchmark problem sets used for empirically evaluating algorithms designed for computing rational points on (various classes of) algebraic varieties?
If so, could you please point ...

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### Is the perimeter of an ellipse with integer axes irrational?

Let $Q$ be an ellipse with integer-length axes $a$ and $b$:
$$ \frac{x^2}{a^2} + \frac{y^2}{b^2} = 1 \;.$$
The perimeter of $Q$ is given by the complete elliptic integral of the 2nd kind, $E(\;)$:
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### Lattice-point-free buffers around circles

Let $C(r)$ be the origin-centered circle of radius $r$,
and let $\beta(r)$ be the exterior buffer around $C(r)$:
the distance from $C(r)$ to the closest lattice point exterior to $C(r)$:
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### Lattice radial-step (ratchet) spirals

(30Oct13: Now solved; see Addendum.)
Define a curve, a ratchet spiral, $S(r_0,\epsilon)$ as follows, where $r_0 > 0$ and $\epsilon < 1$.
$S(r_0,\epsilon)$ begins with the arc ...

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### Existence of a curve with no points over finite separable field extensions

Does there exist a field $K$, and a smooth projective geometrically connected curve $C$ over $K$ such that, for all finite separable field extensions $L/K$ the curve $C$ has no $L$-rational points?
I ...

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### Rational points on circular spirals

Is it the case that every unit-radius circular spiral,
$$x = \cos(t)$$
$$y = \sin(t)$$
$$z = c \cdot t$$
for $c \in \mathbb{R}^+$
is dense in rational-coordinate points
(i.e., all three coordinates ...

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### Infinite residue field extensions and algebraic closure of residue fields

Let $X$ be a $K$-scheme of finite type over a field $K$, let $L$ be an extension field of $K$, let $X_L := L \times_K X$, and let $p:X_L \rightarrow X$ be the projection. For each $x \in X_L$ we get ...

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### Closed points of field extension of k-scheme under projection

I really couldn't figure out the answer to the following question: Let $X$ be a scheme of finite type over a field $k$ and let $K$ be an extension field of $k$. Let $X_K := K \times_k X$ be the base ...

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### Question on x coordinates of Mordell Curves where $y^2=x^3+k$ and $k^2 = 1$ mod $24$

In my ongoing search for Mordell curves of rank 8 and above I have currently identified 144,499 curves of a type where $k$ is squarefree and $k^2 = 1$ mod $24$.
In each case the x coordinates are ...

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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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### Integer-distance sets

Let $S$ be a set of points in $\mathbb{R}^d$; I am especially interested in $d=2$.
Say that $S$ is an integer-distance set if every pair of points in $S$ is separated
by an integer Euclidean distance.
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### Rational points on $X_0(15)$

The modular curve $X_0(15)$ has a canonical model over $\mathbf{Q}$, and it has genus $1$. As the cusp $\infty$ is rational, it is an elliptic curve. Roughly, my question is whether we can find all ...

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### “rationality” of divisors

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over some field $k$. Then each closed point $x$ has an associated residue field $k(x)$ which is a finite extension of $k$ and a point is rational when $k(x)=k$.
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### Pick's Theorem for rational points of bounded height

I wonder if the various lattice-point theorems, such as
Pick's Theorem or
Minkowski's Lattice Theorem,
have been generalized to the collection of points
with rational coordinates no more than height ...

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### Identifying Ramanujan's integer solutions of x^3+y^3+z^3=1 among Elkies' rational solutions

In his Lost Notebook, Ramanujan exhibits infinitely many integer solutions to $x^3+y^3+z^3=1$. On his webpage (http://www.math.harvard.edu/~elkies/4cubes.html), Elkies determines all rational ...

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### Solving for special rational triangles

I ran into a need for isosceles triangles that (1) have the two equal
integer side lengths $a$ (but the base $x \in \mathbb{R}$),
and (2) the apex angle $\gamma$ is a rational multiple of $\pi$.
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### What evidence is there that $\mathbb{Q}^{ab}$ is ample?

A field $K$ is called ample if every smooth curve over $K$ that has a $K$-point has infinitely many $K$-points. Examples include fraction fields of henselian rings. (This is far from trivial, but was ...

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### Geometrically unirational varieties that are not unirational

By a variety over a field $k$, I mean a scheme that is separated and
of finite type over $k$. I indicate changes of the base ring by
subscripts.
Does there exist a smooth and projective variety $V$ ...

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### Can a harmonic number be a rational number for non-integer rational argument?

Define harmonic numbers for a complex argument $z$ as $H_z=\frac{\Gamma'(z+1)}{\Gamma(z+1)}-\Gamma'(1)$.
For $n\in\mathbb{N}$, $H_n$ are usual harmonic numbers $\sum^n_{k=1} k^{-1}$ . They are ...

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### Does every convex polyhedron have a combinatorially isomorphic counterpart whose all faces have rational areas?

Does every convex polyhedron have a combinatorially isomorphic counterpart whose faces all have rational areas?
Does every convex polyhedron have a combinatorially isomorphic counterpart whose edges ...

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### Tricks to produce examples of hypersurfaces with index greater than $1$

Recall, index of an algebraic scheme $X$ is defined to be the greatest common divisor of the degrees of the space of zero cycles on $X$. I am interested in examples of hypersurfaces in ...

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### Deformation of rational points in a family

Let $\mathcal{X} \to B$ be a family of smooth projective varieties over a field $K$ (possibly finite). Assume that each fiber $\mathcal{X}_b$ of the family has a $K$-rational point. Fix a pair ...

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### Simple field extension and rational points

Let $F$ be an infinite field and $f$ a homogeneous form on $F$ such that $f$ has no non-trivial zero in $F$. Let $F'$ be a finite extension of $F$ such that $f$ has a non-trivial zero in $F'$. Is it ...

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### Rational points on a sphere in $\mathbb{R}^d$

Call a point of $\mathbb{R}^d$ rational if all its $d$ coordinates are rational numbers.
Q1.
Is the unit sphere $S :\; x_1^2 +\cdots+ x_d^2 = 1$ dense in rational points, i.e. does $S$ include a ...

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### Rational points on surfaces of general type

The weak Lang conjecture asserts that rational points on a variety of general type defined over $\mathbb{Q}$ are not Zariski dense (same replacing $\mathbb{Q}$ with a number field). This one is proved ...

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### Rational points and Tesla cards

I'm rapidly approaching 300,000 curves in my ongoing search for Mordell curves of rank >=8.
Currently I'm finding that I have a bottleneck in the code that locates rational points on these curves.
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### Varieties with infinitely many etale covers and rational points

Let $X$ be a (smooth projective geometrically connected) variety over a field $k$.
Consider the set Et$(X,k)$ of finite etale covers $Y\to X$ over $k$, with $Y$ geometrically connected over $k$.
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### Rational subspaces

In $\mathbb{R}^n$, we say that a linear subspace is rational if it admits a basis in $\mathbb{Q}^n$ (or equivalently in $\mathbb{Z}^n$). This means that $E\cap \mathbb{Z}^n$ is a submodule of ...

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### 12 descent scripts for pari/gp

I'm looking around for scripts to facilitate 12 descent on Mordell curves, preferably in Pari/gp.
I understand that Magma implements this feature, but unfortunately this software isn't available to ...

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### Rational Points on $y^2=x^3-86069^5$

The analytic rank of the Mordell elliptic curve $y^2=x^3-86069^5$ indicates that it has rank 2. However, deriving a set of generators, and hence the regulator, is proving to be a little bit of an ...

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### are p-limits scales dense in the infinite musical scale of all rational frequencies?

In the wiki section on prime limit tuning, one reads:
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### Existence of points on varieties which avoid a given number field.

Let C be a geometrically integral curve over a number field K and let K' be a number field containing K. Does there exist a number field L containing K such that
$L \cap K' = K$, and
$C(L) \neq ...

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### How many points are there on an elliptic curve reduced at a bad prime?

Given an elliptic curve $E$ defined over $\mathbb{Z}$, and a prime $p$, I know that Hasse's theorem gives, when $p$ is a good prime, a relation between the number of solutions over $\mathbb{F}_{p^n}$ ...

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### Does $(x^2 - 1)(y^2 - 1) = c z^4$ have a rational point, with z non-zero, for any given rational c?

I need this result for something else. It seems fairly hard, but I may be missing something obvious.
Just one non-trivial solution for any given $c$ would be fine (for my application).

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### Rational points on smooth compactifications

Let $X$ be as smooth variety over a field $k$ of characteristic $0$.
Consider the following statements:
The variety $X$ has no $k((t))$-rational points.
No smooth compactification of $X$ has a ...

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### Smart elliptic curve rational point search given Reg*#Sha

Hi folks,
Let E be a global minimal model of an elliptic curve over QQ, with a
2-torsion point which generates the torsion subgroup, and with
Mordell-Weil rank 1 (under BSD). Let RegSha be equal to
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