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Find the first $3$ terms of the two possible geometric progressions.

The fourth term of a G.P is $3$ and the sixth term is $147$. Find the first $3$ terms of the two possible geometric progressions. Can you help me find $a$ and $r$? It is too complicated. I took two ...
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Find the term of the G.P.

Find the term of the G.P. $1, 1.2, 1.44, 1.728,... $ which is just greater than $100$. Please somebody explain me the question? All i know is $a=1$ and $r=1.2$ Help :( should it be $T_{n} > ...
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Chow motives of quadratic fields

Let us write $CM_k$ for the category of effective Chow motives up to rational equivalence over $k$. Let $k = \mathbb{Q}$. We consider for different primes $p,q$ the Varieties $X = ...
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Jacobi Form and its Fourier expansion

Let k,m be non negative integers. A Jacobi form of weight k and index m is a holomorphic function f on $\mathbb{H} x \mathbb{C}$ (where $\mathbb{H}$ denotes the upper half plane) satisfying the ...
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What is the intuition behind the Fontaine-Mazur Conjecture?

The Fontaine-Mazur conjecture (over $\textbf{Q}$ for simplicity) says that a (continuous irreducible) Galois representation $$ \rho: \text{Gal}(\overline{\textbf{Q}}/\textbf{Q}) \to ...
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Question about Qing Liu's Algebraic Geometry book

I was just wondering what the real prerequisites are for reading Qing Liu's 'Algebraic Geometry and Arithmetic Curves', and if it is a good first book on the subject. In his preface he states that the ...
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Reduction map on torsion of elliptic curves

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$ with good reduction at a prime $p$. It is well-known that the map $$E[N]\to E_p[N]$$ is injective when $p\nmid N$. It is even a bijection since both ...
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Group law for an elliptic curve using schemes

I was trying to understand better the definition of the group law for an elliptic curve given in Katz and Mazur's book ...
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Galois representation associated to a number field

I think I'm missing something completely trivial. I want to know how to compute the Galois representation associated to an extension of $p$-adic fields. Let $p$ and $q$ be odd prime numbers. Fix ...
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hasse principle for a number field

I am a little bit of a learner in number theory/arithmetic geometry, so feel free to redirect this question to math.stackexchange if necessary. The question is the following: I know the Hasse ...
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How does $\text{Gal}(L/K)$ act on the automorphism group of an elliptic curve?

Let $L/K$ be a finite Galois extension of number fields; I'm interested mainly in the case $K = \Bbb{Q}$ and $L= \Bbb{Q}(\sqrt{d})$. Let $X$ be an elliptic curve over $K$ and $\text{Aut}(X_L)$ the ...
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The characteristic polynomial of Frobenius of an RM curve

Let $C$ be a genus two curve over $\mathbb{Q}$. We can reduce $C$ modulo a prime $p$ to obtain a curve $\bar{C}$ over $\mathbb{F}_p$. By counting points of $\bar{C}$ over $\mathbb{F}_p$ and ...
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What is the status of the purported proof of the ABC conjecture?

Back in August 2012, Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki announced a proof of the abc conjecture using Inter-universal Teichmüller Theory. What has been the status of his proof? Has there been ...
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why complitcated construction of PD-defferential operator in Berthelot and Ogus's book

In the book " Notes on Crystalline Cohomology" by P. Berthelot and A. Ogus, they introduced the cencept of PD-defferential operators in a complicate way, i.e. using dividied power hull. However if I ...
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Etale cohomology and restricted direct product

[migrated to mathoverflow: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/161734/etale-cohomology-and-restricted-direct-product] $\newcommand{\h}{\operatorname{H}}$ Let $k$ be a global field, $A$ an abelian ...
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A question in Chapter III.4 of Dino Lorenzini's “An Invitation to Arithmetic Geometry”

Question 1 I am studying in the book "An Invitation to Arithmetic Geometry" by Prof. Dino Lorenzini. In Chapter III Section 4, we consider the following condition: Let $A$ be a Dedekind domain ...
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Hilbert modular forms and Hecke operators over Q

Let F be a totally real field. We know that we can define a Hecke operator $T_\mathfrak{m}$ on the space of Hilbert modular forms over $F$, say with some level structure, for any ideal $\mathfrak{m}$ ...
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Elliptic curve which attains potential good reduction over an Artin-Schreier extension.

I am looking for an elliptic curve $E$ over the field $\overline{\mathbb{F}_{p}}((t))$, which attains good reduction over an Artin-Schreier extension of $\overline{\mathbb{F}_{p}}((t))$, i.e.: an ...
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How should I think about Ihara's Lemma?

I am trying to learn about Ihara's lemma because I see it mentioned in many papers in arithmetic geometry. To be more precise, I would like to know: What is the significance of this result? Why is ...
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Size of automorphism group of element of $Y_0(5)$

The modular curve $Y_0(5)$ parametrizes elliptic curves $E$ with an isogeny of degree five. So an element of $Y_0(5)$ can be interpreted as $E \xrightarrow{\phi} E'$. Suppose we are working over a ...
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Does Wiles's proof of Fermat's last theorem essentially use axiom of choice? [closed]

Does Wiles's proof of Fermat's last theorem essentially use axiom of choice? In other words, if it dose use AC, can we get rid of its use from his proof? EDIT Since some people seem to misunderstand ...
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Has SGA 4$\frac 1 2$ been typeset in TeX?

The title says it all. I've CW'd the question since I'm answering it - this seemed like the best way to get the news out.
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Tate module of linear algebraic group

Let $G$ be a (smooth, connected, geometrically integral) commutative linear algebraic group over $\mathbf F_q$. Just as for abelian varieties, we can define the $\ell$-adic Tate module $$ T_\ell G ...
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Etale cohomology and algebraic closure

$\DeclareMathOperator{\h}{H}$Apologies in advance if this is overly stupid. Let $k$ be a field and $X$ a variety over $k$. Let $n$ be an integer which is invertible in $k$. One often looks at the ...
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Non-iterative solution for $(a + nb)\mod c < d$

With the given parameters $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$ I'm looking for a solution of the formula $(a + nb)\mod c < d$. The smallest positive $n$ is the value I want to determine. I can easily solve ...
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Infinite family of genus one non-elliptic curves over the rationals

How easy is it to write down genus one curves over $\mathbf Q$ without a rational point? Can we write down an infinite family?
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Arithmetic and Geometric Mean Inequality

Use the AM - GM inequality (no other method is acceptable), to prove that for all positive integers $n$: $$\left(1 +\dfrac{1}{n}\right)^n \leq \left(1 + \dfrac{1}{n+1}\right)^{n+1}$$ I see that it ...
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Intuition for Class Numbers

So I've been thinking about the analytic class number formula lately, and class numbers in general and I'm trying to develop a good intuition for them. My basic question, which may be too ...
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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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Some basic examples of étale fundamental groups

I'm trying to get a better understanding of étale fundamental groups, and I think that the overall idea -- the big picture -- is beginning to become clear, but my computational ability seems to be ...
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State of the art in arithmetic moduli of elliptic curves?

In trying to get into the topic of moduli spaces of elliptic curves, the following question arises: What is the state of the art in the topic right now? Deligne and Rapoport describes how the ...
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Dimension of family of hyperelliptic curves

Suppose we have an elliptic curve E with a point $P$ of order $5$ over a field of characteristic $0$. Denote $E'$ the curve $E/\langle P\rangle$. Now let $x$ (resp. $x'$) be a function on $E$ (resp. ...
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Project point from larger box to smaller box

I have two boxes as follows: http://i.imgur.com/D0c5Cr7.png I'm trying to take any point from the larger box and find its corresponding location in the smaller box. Basically, the larger box is a ...
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Krull's intersection theorem in the q-expansion principle

I'm currently reading the proof of the q-expansion principle in Katz'73 paper "p-adic properties of modular schemes and modular forms" . The principle itself is a Corollary (1.6.2) of Theorem 1.6.1, ...
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Existence of smooth elliptic curves with complex multiplication

this is my first question ever on a platform like this so please forgive me any kind of unintended misbehaving. In Kudla, Rapoport and Yang "On the derivative of an Eisenstein series of weight one" ...
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Primes of ramification index 1 with inseparable residue field extension

I've been reading through Neukirch's Algebraic Number Theory, and I'm a little puzzled about a possibility with ramification of primes. As usual, let $\mathcal{O}_K$ be a Dedekind domain with field ...
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Problems on showing that a reduction map is defined, and that a certain scheme is finite.

I am currently on the last chapters in Liu's book and I am trying to solve the following problem, which is the first step in showing that a certian reduction map is well-defined: Let $X \rightarrow T$ ...
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On an openess property

Let $S=Spec(A)$ where $A$ is a noetherian integral domain. Let $f:X\rightarrow S$ be a flat, proper morphism of schemes. Let $U\subset X$ be an open and $V=f(U)$ (in particular $V$ is open by ...
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what is a “dévissage” argument?

In Serre's "Local Fields" (Chapter 2, section 2, proposition 3) he proves something about field extensions which he breaks into parts: first he dealt with the separable case, and then with the ...
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Computing a contraction of an exceptional divisor.

For a few days, I have been working on the following problem, from Qing Liu's book: Let $\mathcal{O_K}$ be a discrete valuation ring with uniformizing parameter t and residue characteristic $\neq ...
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Extend maps between etale groups

Let $V$ be a discrete valuation ring, $S=\operatorname{Spec}(V)$ and $\eta$ (resp. $s$) be the generic (resp. closed) point of $S$. Let $G$ and $H$ be flat group schemes over $S$ and assume I know ...
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étale cohomology of valuation rings

Let $S$ be the spectrum of a discrete valuation ring (we can assume complete or henselian if necessary). Is it true that the étale cohomology group $H_{et}^2(S,\mathbb{Z})$ is zero?If not in general ...
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Completion along zero section of an elliptic curve.

I am trying to understand the intuition that I should have about the formal group of an elliptic curve. Say that I have an elliptic curve $E\to \text{Spec} R$ for some ring $R$, with section $0\colon ...
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What is Spec of the Adeles?

Let $K$ be a global field and $A_K$ the ring of adeles. What are the prime ideals of $A_K$? I have been told that a full proof of this is quite subtle, but have been unable to find a reference ...
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Degree of a Cartier Divisor under pullback

This is question 7.2.3 in Liu's book Algebraic Geometry and Arithmetic Curves and I have been trying with this for some time now. Let $f:X \rightarrow Y$ be a morphism of Noetherian schemes, and ...
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Prop. 3.2.15 in Liu: Geometrically reduced algebraic variety

I have a problem with proposition 3.2.15 of Algebraic geometry and arithmetic curves of Qing Liu: Let $X$ be an integral algebraic variety over $k$. If $X$ is geometrically reduced then $K(X)$ is a ...
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Is the height associated to a degree zero divisor always bounded?

Let $X$ be a smooth, projective, geometrically irreducible curve defined over a number field, and let $D$ a divisor on $X$. To these data, we can associate a height function on the ...
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Pole of differential

Let $E : y^2 = x^3 + ax + b$ be an elliptic curve over the field $K$, char $K \ne 0$. We know that the differential $\omega = \frac{dx}{y}$ is holomorphic in infinity because we can write it as ...
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Varieties with the property that the cotangent bundle restricted to a complete nonsingular curve is free

Let $X$ be a $d$-dimensional smooth projective connected variety with cotangent sheaf $\Omega^1_X$ over $\mathbb C$. Suppose that for any nonsingular complete curve $C$ and non-constant morphism ...
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Intuitively, what is the height of a point on an abelian variety?

I have been reading through Silverman's classic text on elliptic curves and I just can't seem to wrap my head around the height functions. It just kind of shows up. What exactly does the height ...