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Fermat's Little Theorem
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Sep 16, 2006 4:51 AM



carel
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Fermat's Little Theorem
Posted:
Sep 12, 2006 11:47 PM


Fermat's Little Theorem  Alternative Solution
Fermat stated that if p prime then p divides ap  a where a integer.
For example let p =7
For a = 1 we have ap  a = 11 = 0 and 7 divides 0.
For a = 2 we have ap  a = 27  2 = 1282=126 and 7 divides 126
For a =3 we have ap  a = 37  3 = 2184 and 7 divides 2184.
Fermat used induction to prove this theorem. I am going to use mod theorem.
Let == suffice for congruent.
Let p be prime and let a be any integer except p
a.1 == x1 mod p
a.2 == x2 mod p
a.3 == x3 mod p
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a.j == xj mod p
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a.(p1)== xp1 mod p
Notice that all 0 < x < p and that no 2 x are the same.
If any two x'e the same we have that
a.v == x mod p and a.w == x mod p , so a(vw) == 0 mod p , so p dives a or p divides vw, but this cannot be, so no x'e are the same.
It then follows that a(p1)(p1)! == (p1)! mod p , but p does not divide (p1)!
So a(p1) == 1 mod p , so p divides a(p1)  1
Therefore p divides ap  a for any integer a
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