By Titu Andreescu

ISBN-10: 0817645489

ISBN-13: 9780817645489

ISBN-10: 0817645497

ISBN-13: 9780817645496

This problem-solving ebook is an advent to the examine of Diophantine equations, a category of equations during which purely integer recommendations are allowed. the fabric is geared up in elements: half I introduces the reader to effortless tools helpful in fixing Diophantine equations, akin to the decomposition technique, inequalities, the parametric technique, modular mathematics, mathematical induction, Fermat's approach to limitless descent, and the tactic of quadratic fields; half II comprises entire recommendations to all routines partially I. The presentation beneficial properties a few classical Diophantine equations, together with linear, Pythagorean, and a few larger measure equations, in addition to exponential Diophantine equations. a few of the chosen workouts and difficulties are unique or are awarded with unique solutions.

*An advent to Diophantine Equations: A Problem-Based Approach* is meant for undergraduates, complex highschool scholars and lecturers, mathematical contest individuals — together with Olympiad and Putnam rivals — in addition to readers attracted to crucial arithmetic. The paintings uniquely provides unconventional and non-routine examples, rules, and techniques.

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Assume that (x1 , y1 , z1 ) is a nontrivial solu√ √ tion. Since 3 2, 3 4 are both irrational, it is not diﬃcult to see that x1 > 0, y1 > 0, z1 > 0. From x31 + 2y13 = 4z13 it follows that 2 | x1 , so x1 = 2x2 , x2 ∈ Z+ . Then 4x32 + y13 = 2z13 , and hence y1 = 2y2 , y2 ∈ Z+ . Similarly, z1 = 2z2 , z2 ∈ Z+ . We obtain the “new” solution (x2 , y2 , z2 ) with x1 > x2 , y1 > y2 , z1 > z2 . Continuing this procedure, we construct a sequence of positive integral solutions (xn , yn , zn )n≥1 such that x1 > x2 > x3 > · · · .

It is not diﬃcult to see that k · A ≡ 0 (mod B) for all k ∈ {1, 2, . . , B − 1}. , there exist u ∈ {1, 2, . . , B − 1} and v ∈ Z+ such that A · u = B · v + 1. Remark. , u0 (and v0 ) is minimal. Then all solutions in positive integers to equation (1) are given by um = u0 + Bm, vm = v0 + Am, m ∈ Z+ . 3 The Parametric Method 25 Returning to the original problem, let us consider the sequence (yn )n≥1 , given by yn+1 = byn2 + ayn + 1, y 1 ∈ Z+ . (4) Clearly gcd(yn , yn+1 ) = 1, n ∈ Z+ . From the above Lemma, there is a sequence of positive integers (un )n≥1 , (vn )n≥1 such that yn+1 un − yn vn = 1, n ∈ Z+ .

Assume without loss of generality that x, y ≥ 0. Note that p + 1 = 2x2 is even, so p = 2. 4 The Modular Arithmetic Method 31 p is odd. Since x < y < p, we have x + y = p. Then p2 + 1 = 2(p − x)2 = 2p2 − 4px + p + 1, so p = 4x − 1, 2x2 = 4x, x is 0 or 2, and p is −1 or 7. Of course, −1 is not prime, but for p = 7, (x, y) = (2, 5) is a solution. Example 5. Prove that if n is a positive integer such that the equation x3 − 3xy 2 + y 3 = n has a solution in integers x, y, then it has at least three such solutions.

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