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Topic: Does polynomial P need to be an affine mapping
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Timothy Murphy

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Re: Does polynomial P need to be an affine mapping
Posted: May 9, 2013 9:40 AM
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quasi wrote:

> quasi wrote:

>>>Let P be a polynomial with real coefficients. Suppose there
>>>are nonempty intervals I and J such that P maps surjectively
>>>the rationals of I into the rationals of J. Does this imply
>>>P is an affine mapping?


My argument is similar to yours, but possibly simpler.

As has been established, P(x) has rational coefficients.
Choose a prime p which does not divide any of the coefficients.
Consider x = n/p^e where n is not divisible by p.
Then it is easy to see that P(x) = m/p^{re},
where p does not divide m, and r is the degree of P.
It follows that if x is rational, and r > 1,
P(x) cannot be of the form c/p
(with c not divisible by p).

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