Questions on congruences, linear diophantine equations, greatest common divisor, divisibility, etc.

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If $m, n$ be positive integers, prove that $\phi(mn)=\phi((m,n))\phi([m,n])$, where $(m,n)=$ gcd of $m, n$ and $[m, n]=$ lcm of $m, n$.

If $m, n$ be positive integers, prove that $\phi(mn)=\phi((m,n))\phi([m,n])$, where $(m,n)=$ gcd of $m, n$ and $[m, n]=$ lcm of $m, n$. I have no idea to solve this question. Please help me to ...
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Show $\sum_{1\leq n\leq x}\sum_{d\mid n}f(d)=\sum_{1\leq d\leq x}\sum_{1\leq m\leq x/d}f(d)$

I have been trying to get my head around this step in a proof, but havn't been able to, Question: Show $$\sum_{1\leq n\leq x}\sum_{d\mid n}f(d)=\sum_{1\leq d\leq x}\sum_{1\leq m\leq x/d}f(d)$$ ...
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If every prime that divides $n$ also divides $m$, show that $\phi(mn)=n\phi(m)$ & $\phi(mn)=m\phi(n)$

If every prime that divides $n$ also divides $m$, show that $\phi(mn)=n\phi(m)$ & $\phi(mn)=m\phi(n)$ My attempt. As every prime that divides $n$ also divides $m$ implies $(m,n)=d$ where ...
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Construction of Natural Numbers

I am trying to prove that the natural numbers can be constructed from the product of a power of $2$ and an odd number. For all $n \neq 0$ in the natural numbers, $n = (2k+1)(2^p)$, where $k$ and $p$ ...
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Find all solutions of the linear congruence $3x-7y \equiv 11$ (mod $13$)

Find all solutions of the linear congruence $3x-7y \equiv 11$ (mod $13$) This is a problem from Burton's Elementary Number Theory. The answer says $x \equiv 11+ t, y \equiv 5+6t$ (mod 13). I don't ...
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An Impossible Sequence of Prime Powers

Let $x_1,x_2,\ldots$ be a sequence of positive integers that satisfies the recurrence relation $$x_{n+1}=2x_n(x_n-1)+1$$ for all positive integers $n$. It seems impossible that every term in this ...
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Why isn't $1$ a superior highly composite number?

A superior highly composite number is a positive integer $n$ for which there is an $\epsilon>0$ such that $\dfrac{d(n)}{n^\epsilon} \geq \dfrac{d(k)}{k^\epsilon}$ for all $k>1$, where the ...
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A variation of Fermat's little theorem

Fermat's little theorem states that for $n$ prime, $$ a^n \equiv a \pmod{n}. $$ The values of $n$ for which this holds are the primes and the Carmichael numbers. If we modify the congruence ...
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Find all functions $f$ such that if $a+b$ is a square, then $f(a)+f(b)$ is a square

Question: For any $a,b\in \mathbb{N}^{+}$, if $a+b$ is a square number, then $f(a)+f(b)$ is also a square number. Find all such functions. My try: It is clear that the function $$f(x)=x$$ ...
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A very nice divisibility problem

A very hard problem, here it is: Prove that, if $2^{2^j} a + 1$ divides $c^{2^j}+1$ for fixed integers $a,c$ and all nonnegative integers $j$, then $a=1$ and $c=2^l$ for some odd positive integer ...
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Finding triplets $(a,b,c)$ such that $\sqrt{abc}\in\mathbb N$ divides $(a-1)(b-1)(c-1)$

When I was playing with numbers, I found that there are many triplets of three positive integers $(a,b,c)$ such that $\color{red}{2\le} a\le b\le c$ $\sqrt{abc}\in\mathbb N$ $\sqrt{abc}$ divides ...
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Are there unique solutions for $n=\sum_{j=1}^{g(k)} a_j^k$?

Edward Waring, asks whether for every natural number $n$ there exists an associated positive integer s such that every natural number is the sum of at most $s$ $k$th powers of natural numbers ...
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Peculiar numbers

This is from the weekly math challenge of the French newspaper Le Monde. "Magical" numbers have a remarkable property: when one of them, say $n$, is squared, it is such that $n^2$ ends with $n$. ...
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How does a Lehmer Sieve work?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehmer_sieve Apparently a Lehmer Sieve was a mechanical device that used chains and pulleys to factor numbers and solve diophantine equations. It once was able to factor ...
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My first proof that uses the well-ordering principle (very simple number theory). Please mark/grade.

What do you think about my first proof that uses the well-ordering principle? Please mark/grade. Theorem The sum of the cubes of three consecutive natural numbers is a multiple of 9. Proof ...
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A question about the divisibility of sum of 2 consecutive primes.

Well as I was curious about the sum of $2$ consecutive primes, after proving that the sum for the odd primes always has at least 3 prime divisors, I came up with this question: Find the least ...
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An infinitude of “congruence condition” primes?

Background: Several special classes of primes can be written as primes that satisfy some additional constraint $f(p)\equiv 0\pmod p$; for instance, Wilson primes are congruence primes with ...
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Understanding Ramanujan's approach in his proof of Bertrand's Postulate

I've been reading through Ramanujan's proof of Betrand's Postulate and I'm not clear why he didn't state his proof in terms of $\varphi(2x) - \varphi(x)$ What would be wrong with this approach for ...
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How many integer solutions to a diophantine equation

Starting with the equation: $\frac{1}{a}+\frac{1}{b}=\frac{p}{10^n}$, I reached the equation: $10^{n-log(p)} = \frac{ab}{a+b}$. Now given the positive integer $n$, for what integer values of $p$ ...
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Euler's Totient function $\forall n\ge3$, if $(\frac{\varphi(n)}{2}+1)\ \mid\ n\ $ then $\frac{\varphi(n)}{2}+1$ is prime

While I was studying Euler's Totient function, $\varphi(n)$, I stumbled upon the marvelous book "Index to Mathematical Problems, 1980-1984" By Stanley Rabinowitz. In this page of the book (link to ...
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Given the first $n$ primes, find the least common multiple of $p_1 - 1$, $p_2 - 1$, …, $p_n - 1$

Given the first $n$ primes, we can label the $k$th prime as $p_k$. So, what is the least common multiple(LCM) of {$p_1 - 1$, $p_2 - 1$, $p_3 - 1$, ..., $p_n-1$}? In other words, if we subtract $1$ ...
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If $p$, $q$ are naturals, solve $p^3-q^5=(p+q)^2$.

In If $p,q$ are prime, solve $p^3-q^5=(p+q)^2$., the author asks to solve the equation $x^3-y^5=(x+y)^2$ for primes $p$ and $q$. A proof is given that $p=7, q=3$ is the only solution. In this ...
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Is there some exact form of $n$ for the number of $(i,j,k)$ satisfying $ijk = (n-i)(n-j)(n-k)$

For any positive integer $n$, $i,j,k$ are also positive integers, and $0 <i,j,k < n$. How many solutions of the form $(i,j,k)$ are there for the equation $ijk = (n-i)(n-j)(n-k)$?
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How many numbers of the form $p_1^2 p_2 p_3$ are there less than $10^{15}$ for $p_1$, $p_2$, $p_3$ distinct primes?

Is there an easy way to compute the following question: How many numbers of the form $p_1^2 p_2 p_3$ are there less than $10^{15}$ for $p_1$, $p_2$, $p_3$ distinct primes? The only thing that ...
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Let $p$=prime and $\sqrt{x}+\sqrt{y}<\sqrt{2p}$

Let $p$ be a fixed odd prime. Let $x,y\in \mathbb{Z}_+$ such that $\sqrt{x}+\sqrt{y}<\sqrt{2p}$. Prove that $$\sqrt{x}+\sqrt{y}\le \sqrt{\frac{p-1}{2}}+\sqrt{\frac{p+1}{2}}.$$ Any ideas at all? ...
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Looking for all sequences such that $a_i^2+a_j^2=a_k^2+a_l^2$ whenever $i^2+j^2=k^2+l^2$

I'm working in a difficult functional equation, and I have reduced the problem to the following question ($\mathbb{N}$ denotes the set of non negative integers $0,1,2,3,4\cdots$) Question: Can we ...
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Olympiad-style question about functions satisfying condition $f(f(f(n))) = f(n+1) + 1$

QN: What functions (from non-negative integers to non-negative integers) satisfy the condition $$f(f(f(n))) = f(n+1) + 1$$ Comment: Evidently $f(n) = n+ 1$ is one solution. Equally evidently no ...
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Number of ways to express a binary number in a certain way

So I'm working on a problem where I get to a point where I have to count the number of solutions to an equation or at least find a decent upper bound to be used in an estimate I need later. The ...
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Infinite sum involving $q$-adic representations of whole numbers and $q$-factorial numbers

Let $q \in \mathbb{N}_{\geq 2}$. For $n \in \mathbb{N}_0$, let $$\mathrm{fac}_q(n) := \prod_{i=1}^n (1+q+\dots+q^{i-1}) = \prod_{i=1}^n \frac{q^i-1}{q-1}$$ be the $q$-factorial of $n$. In particular, ...
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Find all integer solutions of the equation

Find all integer solutions to $3^a+7=2\cdot5^b$. Basically I've tried almost every tool I know of NT (Zsigmondy,LTE,reducing to various modulus) but nothing worked. So far I just know that (1,1) ...
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Proving that $\sigma_7(n) = \sigma_3(n) + 120 \sum_{m=1}^{n-1} \sigma_3(m)\sigma_3(n-m)$ without using modular forms?

This problem appears as a (starred!) exercise in D. Zagier's notes on modular forms. I have to admit that I have no idea how to do it. Here, $\sigma_k(n) =\sum_{d\mid n} d^k$, as usual. This ...
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Which digit occurs most often?

Is there any method to calculate, which digit occurs most often in the number $$4 \uparrow \uparrow \uparrow \uparrow 4\ ,$$ the fourth Ackermann-number ? Or would it be necessary to calculate the ...
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Prove that Bezout's coefficients given by the extended Euclidean algorithm are minimal in absolute value

Bezout's lemma states that if a and b are integers, and at least one of them is non-zero, then there exist integers $x, y$ such that $$ax + by = gcd(a, b)$$ One way of finding such a pair $(x, y)$ is ...
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A conjecture about mersenne primes and non-primes

Latest Edit: My hypothesis is simply that A056295(n) are spread around some smooth curve and higher than the curve if M(n) is a non-prime (and perhaps also even higher yet if M(n) has many factors ...
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2015-related question: why are Lucas-Carmichael numbers named after Lucas?

Summary 2015 is a so called Lucas-Carmichael number. I believe (for reasons that I will explain below) that the 'Carmichael' in the name is a reference to ordinary Carmichael numbers and not to the ...
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If $a$ is a quadratic residue modulo every prime $p$, it is a square - without using quadratic reciprocity.

The question is basically the title itself. It is easy to prove using quadratic reciprocity that non squares are non residues for some prime $p$. I would like to make use of this fact in a proof of ...
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What is known about the solutions to $\varphi(a)+\varphi(b)=\varphi(a+b)$?

As of late I have been researching Euler's Totient function. For the last week or so I have specifically been studying the equation: $\varphi(a)+\varphi(b)=\varphi(a+b)$ While the equation ...
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Inverse image of rationals under tangent function is free abelian?

It is easy to see that the set $\{x:\tan x\in \Bbb Q \,\, or\,\, \pm\infty\}$ forms a group under addition. It is a free abelian group?
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Does there exist a positive $k$ s.t. for all $r\geq k$, “$\sigma_r(m)<\sigma_r(n)$ for every $m<n$” for infinitely many odd positive integers $n$?

Does there exist a positive real $k$ such that for all real $r\geq k$, "$\sigma_r(m)<\sigma_r(n)$ for every $m<n$" for infinitely many odd positive integers $n$? $\sigma_r(n)$ is the sum of the ...
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A problem about $e^{2\pi i \alpha_1}+e^{2\pi i \alpha_2}+\cdots+e^{2\pi i \alpha_N}=0$

Let $\alpha_i\in [0,1),\; i\in \{1,\cdots,N\}$ for some positive integer $N$, such that $$e^{2\pi i \alpha_1}+e^{2\pi i \alpha_2}+\cdots+e^{2\pi i \alpha_N}=0$$ and if for any non-empty proper subset ...
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If all the numbers $(1^\alpha,\,2^\alpha,\,3^\alpha,\,\dotsc)$ are integer, then $\alpha$ is an integer.

A theorem of Siegel asserts that If $\beta>0$ and $2^\beta,\,3^\beta,\,5^\beta$ are integers, then $\beta$ is an integer. The following result is a beautiful consequence of this theorem ...
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Unique Solution To The Diophantine Equation

Show that the following Diophantine equation has a unique solution in positive integers $x^n+y^n=(x+y)^m$ with $x>y, m>1,n>1$. This could be solved by a direct use of Zsigmondy's theorem. ...
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Why is $2^{16}=65536$ the only power of $2$ less than $2^{31000}$ that doesn't contain the digits $1$, $2$, $4$ or $8$ in its decimal representation?

$65536$ is the only power of $2$ less than $2^{31000}$ that does not contain the digits $1$, $2$, $4$ or $8$ in its decimal representation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/65536_%28number%29
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Argument verification fermat divisors.

any prime divisor of p is of the form then p = k $2^{n + 1}$ + 1 for n $\geq$ 2. We can use the result that Any divisor of $F_n$ is of the form q = k * $2^{n + 1}$ + 1 (*) Given that $F_n$ = ...
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A question on (odd) perfect numbers

(Note: This has been cross-posted to MO.) Let $\sigma(x)$ be the (classical) sum of the divisors of $x$. A number $N \in \mathbb{N}$ is called perfect if $\sigma(N)=2N$. An even perfect number $U$ ...
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Is this sum equal to this convolution?

Consider the matrix $T$ defined by: $$T=a(GCD(n,k))$$ where $GCD(n,k)$ is the Greatest Common Divisor of row index $n$ and column index $k$, and $$a(n) = \lim\limits_{s \rightarrow 1} ...
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Blocks of consecutive natural numbers

Let a < b be natural numbers. Prove that every block of b consecutive natural numbers contains two distinct elements whose product is divisible by ab. Suppose now a < b < c are natural ...
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Let p and q be distinct prime numbers with p≡q≡3 mod 4. Prove that if

the congruence x^2≡p mod q is not solvable, then the congruence x^2≡q mod p has exactly two incongruent solutions modulo p. I'm not exactly sure where to start with this problem. Any help is ...
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What is the “cost” of computation of two special CAS algorithms

Suppose I have an integer $n$ with e.g. a large number of say decimal digits. I would like to get some information about the runtime "cost" of standard CAS algorithm which factors $n$ into primes ...
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mensuration-Surfaces area and volumes

A sports goods manufacturing company engaged a party for supplying cardboard cylinder with their two lids for packaging badminton shuttle cocks. The terms are: a) Quantity of cylinders $5000$ b) ...