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Topic: Pell type equations
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Terry M

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Registered: 4/26/12
Re: Pell type equations
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 6:03 AM
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Hi Helmut

"Helmut Richter" <hhr-m@web.de> wrote in message
news:alpine.LNX.2.00.1204280933150.5441@badwlrz-clhri01.ws.lrz.de...

> Whenever you see a Diophantine equation of the form
>
> ax² + by² + c = 0
>
> you should, before thinking, see what happens if taken modulo m for each m
> which is:
>
> - the number 8
>


I think I understand the following two, but why the number 8 ?

Thanks again,

Terry

> - p² for a prime p>2 if p² ist a factor of a, b, or c or if p is a
> factor of more than one of these
>
> - a prime p>2 that is a simple factor of one of a, b, or c
>
> Often, the complexity reduces or it can be shown that there are no
> solutions.
>
> --
> Helmut Richter





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