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An exercise involving characters

Suppose $p$ is a prime, $\chi$ and $\lambda$ are characters on $\mathbb{F}_p$. How can I show that $\sum_{t\in\mathbb{F}_p}\chi(1-t^m)=\sum_{\lambda}J(\chi,\lambda)$ where $\lambda$ varies over all ...
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Reference for relation between class number of $\Bbb Q[\sqrt{-p}]$ and partial quotients of $\sqrt p$

So in Ireland and Rosen's, "Classical Introduction to Modern Number Theory", they mention the following incredible fact at the end of Chapter 13, section 1. Suppose $p \neq 3$ and $p \equiv 3 \pmod 4$ ...
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Proof in Kummer Theory - why is this subgroup finite?

I'm doing a course on elliptic curves. We're working with a field $K$ with $\mu_n \subset K$ ($K$ contains all $n$th roots of unity) and $\mbox{char}(K)\not|\;n$. I'm trying to understand the proof ...
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$\mathbb Z_p$-rank $\leq r_1+r_2-1$ in Leopoldt's conjecture

I am trying to understand Leopoldt's conjecture as formulated in section 5.5 of Washington's "Introduction to Cyclotomic Fields". For an algebraic number field $K$ let $E$ denote the global units, ...
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About cyclotomic extensions of $p$-adic fields

I've been working on the problem of finding the maximal abelian extension of $\mathbb{Q}_5$ that is killed by $5$. In other words, find the abelian extension of $\mathbb{Q}_5$ with Galois group ...
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Where is the calculation hiding in this proof about how $p$ splits in $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_n)$?

I just worked through a proof in Daniel Marcus' book Number Fields that if $p\nmid n$, the inertial degree of any prime ideal of $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_n)$ lying over $p$ is equal to the order of $p$ in ...
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Bijection between an ideal class group and a set of classes of binary quadratic forms.

Let $F = ax^2 + bxy + cy^2$ be a binary quadratic form over $\mathbb{Z}$. We say $D = b^2 - 4ac$ is the discriminant of $F$. If $D$ is not a square integer and gcd($a, b, c) = 1$, we say $ax^2 + bxy + ...
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How to show that $1-\zeta$ is prime in the order $\{ 1, \zeta, \ldots, \zeta^{l-2} \}$?

I am trying to prove the following: Let $l$ be a prime and let $\zeta$ be a $l$th root of unity. Show that, in the order $\{ 1, \zeta, \ldots, \zeta^{l-2} \}$ of the field $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta)$, if ...
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Characterizing a sequence of primes

This is an attempt to finish up Characterizing the primes which don't divide any Pell-Lucas number(s) For primes $p \equiv 3 \pmod 4,$ there is always some solution to $x^2 - 2 y^2 = \pm 1$ with ...
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Geometric intuition behind the Hasse principle

Let $f(X,Y) \in \mathbb{Q}[X,Y]$ be a quadratic polynomial. The Hasse-Minkowski theorem says that $f(X,Y) = 0$ has a solution $(x,y) \in \mathbb{Q}^2$ iff it has a solution in $\mathbb{R}^2$ and ...
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Ramanujan-Nagell Theorem Proof Question

I'm currently working through Stewart and Tall's Algebraic Number Theory. In particular, section 4.9 of this book provides a proof of the Ramanujan-Nagell Theorem, which states that the only integer ...
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Some questions about ramifications of primes

I was trying to show that the ring of integers of $K=\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[3]{2})$ is $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt[3]{2}]$ and came up with the following question. Computing the discriminant of ...
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Classification of all subrings

Let $R$ be an integral domain whose underlying additive group is finitely generated free and whose field of fractions $K$ is a finite Galois extension of $\mathbb{Q}$. Is there a method of ...
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Genus of $k(T)$?

Let $F$ be a function field in one variable with total constant field $k$, let $X$ be the set of all places $F$, and let $S$ be a nonempty finite subset of $X$. Then the genus of $F$ is equal to the ...
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Irreducibility of cyclotomic polynomials via schemes

A few months ago, someone told me there existed a scheme theoretic proof of the irreducibility of cyclotomic polynomials. I've tried coming up with a proof, and when that didn't really yield anything ...
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Numbers represented by a cubic form

EDIT, April 11, 2013: See answer at http://mathoverflow.net/questions/127160/numbers-integrally-represented-by-a-ternary-cubic-form/127295#127295 This is part 2 ( of 25 discriminants of class number ...
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Is the splitting field unramified over a prime $\mathfrak{p}$ if the discriminant of the polynomial is coprime to $\mathfrak{p}$?

Is the following statement true? Let $R$ be a discrete valuation ring with quotient field $K$ and valuation $\nu$. Suppose that $f(x)\in K[x]$ is an irreducible separable polynomial with ...
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Adelic/Idelic method for number fields

I'm searching for a place where is developed all the machinery of adeles and ideles of a number field; the functional equation for the zeta functions is gained by idelic integration, and it's seen the ...
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Minimal polynomial of $\frac{\sqrt{2}+\sqrt[3]{5}}{\sqrt{3}}$

I am struggling to find the minimal polynomial for $\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{2}+\sqrt[3]{5}}{\sqrt{3}}$. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, Katie.
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Is there a procedure to determine whether a given number is a root of unity?

Let $z$ be an algebraic number of modulus one. Is there a finite procedure that tells us whether $z$ is a root of unity? EDIT: As TonyK and David asked, what I had in my mind is $z$ such that I have ...
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$-1$ as the sum of three squares of algebraic integers in $\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-7})}$

Following the result of Ivan Niven, in his paper http://www.ams.org/journals/tran/1940-048-03/S0002-9947-1940-0003000-5/S0002-9947-1940-0003000-5.pdf That is whenever $d\equiv 3 \pmod 4$, every ...
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Proving $\sqrt{2}\in\mathbb{Q_7}$?

Why does Hensel's lemma imply that $\sqrt{2}\in\mathbb{Q_7}$? I understand Hensel's lemma, namely: Let $f(x)$ be a polynomial with integer coefficients, and let $m$, $k$ be positive integers ...
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Why study integrality?

Here are a few of the basic definitions related to integrality. (1) A polynomial in $R[x]$ is monic if its leading coefficient is $1$. (2) An element is integral over a ring $R$ if it ...
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Tensor product of a number field $K$ and the $p$-adic integers

In a paper by J. Jones and D. Roberts (http://math.la.asu.edu/~jj/localfields/database.pdf) we are introduced to an isomorphism $K \otimes \mathbb{Q}_p \cong \prod\limits_{i=1}^g K_{p,i}$, where $K$ ...
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Preparations for reading Algebraic Number Theory by Serge Lang

I am eager to learn algebraic number theory. It seems that Serge Lang's Algebraic Number Theory is one of the standard introductory texts (correct me if this is an inaccurate assessment). I flipped ...
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Is every nonzero integer the discriminant of some algebraic number field?

I do know that if $m \equiv 1 \pmod 4$ and squarefree, it is probably the discriminant of $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{m}]$, and I also know some negative multiples of 27 are discriminants of cubic number ...
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Prove $\sum_{i=1}^{n-k} (-1)^{i+1}\; \cdot \; \tfrac{(k-1+i)!}{k! \cdot(-1+i)!} \; \cdot \; \tfrac{n!}{(k+i)! \; \cdot \; (n-k-i)!}=1$

How do I proof this for n>k? I found this Problem in a book at my universities library, but sadly the book doesn't show a solution. I worked on it quite a long time, but now I have to admit that this ...
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Integers of the form $x^2-ny^2$

Is there any algorithm to represent the given integers in the form $N=x^2-ny^2$, $n>1$, say for $n=2$. As we have for any prime, $p$, a prime $q$ can be written as $q=x^2+py^2$,whenever $q$ is ...
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Solve: $x^2-py^2=q$

Solve $$x^2-py^2=q$$ for integers $x,y$, here $p,q$ are both given prime numbers. It's obvious that $p,q$ should satisfy $(\frac{p}{q})=(\frac{q}{p})=1,$ here $(\frac{p}{q})$ is the Jacobi symbol. ...
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Integral solutions to $y^{2}=x^{3}-1$

How to prove that the only integral solutions to the equation $$y^{2}=x^{3}-1$$ is $x=1, y=0$. I rewrote the equation as $y^{2}+1=x^{3}$ and then we can factorize $y^{2}+1$ as $$y^{2}+1 = (y+i) \cdot ...
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Are there infinitely many pairs of rational numbers such that…

Are there infinitely many pairs of rational numbers $(a,b)$ such that $a^3+1$ is not a square in $\mathbf{Q}$, $b^3+2$ is not a square in $\mathbf{Q}$ and $b^3+2 = x^2(a^3+1)$ for some $x$ in ...
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Elementary proof of $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_n)\cap \mathbb{Q}(\zeta_m)=\mathbb{Q}$ when $\gcd(n,m)=1$.

In an answer to another question I used the fact that $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_m)\subseteq \mathbb{Q}(\zeta_n)$ if and only if $m$ divides $n$ (here $\zeta_n$ stands for a primitive $n$th root of unity, ...
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Roots of unity in $\mathbb{Q} _{11}$

Here $\mathbb{Q} _{11}$ denotes the 11-adic field. How can I show that the only root of unity of order 7 in this field is 1? Is it true that for any two distinct primes $p,q$, the only root of unity ...
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What do we know about the class group of cyclotomic fields over $\mathbb{Q}$?

Motivated by this question, I am curious how one can characterize primes that splits completely in the Hilbert class field of $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_q)$, where $q$ is a prime. Then I realize how much I ...
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Infinite $p$-extension contains $\mathbb{Z}_p$-extension

Does the Galois group of every infinite $p$-extension $K$ of a number field $k$ contain a (closed) subgroup such that the quotient group is isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}_p$? My feeling is "yes", but I'm ...
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How to compute a discriminant

Let $\alpha$ be a root of the irreducible cubic polynomial $x^{3}+px+q$, $p,q\in \mathbb{Q}$. How can I compute the discriminant $\Delta(1,\alpha,\alpha^{2})$ relative to $\mathbb{Q}(\alpha)$?
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Residue at $s=1$ for $\zeta$-functions

Is there any sort of a bound for the magnitude of this residue? I've been looking at some algebraic number theory problems from Princeton's general exam. One of them is the following: Why does a ...
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What is the discriminant of a quadratic extension over a number field?

Let $K$ be a number field and $d \in \mathcal{O}_K \setminus \mathcal{O}_K^2$. What is the discriminant of the extension $K[\sqrt{d}]/K$ ? Do we know its ring of integers and which primes are split or ...
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why does a certain formula in Lang's book on modular forms hold?

Background: Let $k$ be an even integer. The Eisenstein series are defined by $$E_{k} = 1 - \frac{2k}{B_{k}}\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \sigma_{k-1}(n)q^{n}$$ where $$\sigma_{k-1}(n)= \sum\limits_{d \mid ...
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A question on FLT and Taniyama Shimura

Sometime back i watched the documentary of Andrew Wiles proving the Fermat's Last theorem. A truly inspiring video and i still watch it whenever i am in a depressed mood. There are certain ...
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Algebraic number theory topics for undergrads

What are some interesting topics or problems in algebraic number theory which could be presented to students in a first undergraduate algebra course (which covers some elementary number theory, ...
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How to arrive at Ramanujan nested radical identity

I've come across a very curious Ramanujan identity $$\sqrt[6]{7 \sqrt[3]{20} - 19} = \sqrt[3]{\frac{5}{3}} - \sqrt[3]{\frac{2}{3}}$$ You could probably prove this by taking the 6th power of both ...
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What is the best book learn Galois Theory if I am planning to do number theory in future?

What is the best book learn Galois Theory if I am planning to do number theory in future? In a year i'll be joining for my Phd and my area of interest is number theory. So I want to know if there is ...
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Ideal class group of $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-103})$

I want to calculate ideal class group of $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-103})$. By Minkowsky bound every class has an ideal $I$ such that $N(I) \leq 6$. It is enough to consider prime ideals with the same ...
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Infinite Units for $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{7}]$

Suppose that $\alpha \in \mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{7}]$ where $\alpha$ is of the form $a + b\sqrt{7}$ where $a, b \in \mathbb{Z}$. Because $\alpha$ is a unit if and only if $N(\alpha)=\pm 1$ we must show: ...
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Primes inert in quadratic field of class number one

Let $K = \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-d})$ be an imaginary quadratic field of class number one (i.e. every ideal in $\mathcal{O}_K$ is principal, i.e. $\mathcal{O}_K$ is a principal ideal domain). Let $d_K$ be ...
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Is there any trivial reason for $2$ is irreducible in $\mathbb{Z}[\omega],\omega=e^{\frac{2\pi i}{23}}$?

This naive question came as the last problem in my homework. The author asked me to use linear relations of the discriminant like ...
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On the class group of an imaginary quadratic number field

Let $d < 0$ be a square-free integer and let $p_{1},\ldots p_{r}$ be the prime divisors of $d$. Let $K := \mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{d}]$ and consider $P_{i} := (p_{i}, \sqrt{d}) \subset \mathcal{O}_{K}$. ...
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can anyone give a proof by definition: $11$ is prime in $ \mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-5}] $

what i did is: assume $\alpha \notin (11),\beta\notin (11), \alpha\beta \in (11)\Rightarrow\exists \gamma, s.t.$ $ \alpha\beta = 11 \gamma$, $\Rightarrow N(\alpha)N(\beta) = 11^2N(\gamma) $ then ...
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Generalizing the Big Omega function to Integral Domains

The $\Omega(n)$ function counts the total number of prime factors of $n$ counting multiplicity. Obviously, this definition extends to any Unique Factorization Domain. I have two follow up questions: ...