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Trace of Frobenius of elliptic curve is integer

I recently started to read the book "Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves" by Silverman. And I can't solve an exercise 5.10. Let $E/\mathbb F_q$ be an elliptic curve and $\phi$ is Frobenius endomorphism, ...
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Confusion with computing kernel of an isogeny between two elliptic curves

Consider the two elliptic curves $$E_3: y^2+y=x^3+x^2+x \enspace [Cremona:19A3]$$ and $$E_1: y^2+y=x^3+x^2−9x−15 \enspace [Cremona:19A1]$$ Let $\varphi$ be the $3$-isogeny from $E_3$ to $E_1$. I want ...
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What are some applications of the Weil conjectures for algebraic curves?

I have been interested in the Weil conjectures for some time, and the easiest place to start has been in studying them for elliptic curves. I've been able to see some of their applications and ...
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Mordell-Weil rank bound

Given an elliptic curve $y^2 = x(x^2 + bx + c)$ is a non-singular curve, say $c > 0$ and $b^2 - 4c > 0$. Can we show the bound on the rank $r$ in terms of $\nu(c)$ and $\nu(b^2 - 4c)$ without ...
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Why are mathematicians more interested in elliptic curves than other algebraic curves?

Why are mathematicians more interested in elliptic curves than other algebraic curves? There must be some reason that motivates mathematicians to research elliptic curves specifically.
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Groups of rational points invariant birational transformation

I was reading Silverman and Tate's Rational Points on Elliptical Curves, and it said something along the lines of Birational transformation preserves the structure of the groups of the points ...
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How is this an isomorphism?

$\newcommand\O{\mathcal O}$I was reading Silverman and Tate's Rational Points on Elliptical Curves. In page 21 of the same book it was written We also want to mention that there is nothing ...
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Coefficients of an elliptic curve for which the torsion group is trivial

Consider an elliptic curve in the short Weierstrass form $$ y^2 = x^3 + bx + c, $$ defined over rational numbers ($b,c$ are integers). My goal is to provide an example of congruence relations on $b$ ...
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Elliptic Curve: Deduce the formula for doubling a point

Given an elliptic curve $E=\{ (x,y) \in \mathbb{F}_q^2 | y^2=x^3+ax+b \}$. Now deduce the general equation for doubling a point $P:=(x,y) \in E$. --- Firstly I constructed the function f ...
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Height function constants

Consider an elliptic curve defined over the field of rational numbers and given by $$\mathcal{E}_n: y^2=x^3-kx,\ k \ne 0$$ Let $B = \left(\dfrac{r}{s^2},\dfrac{t}{s^3}\right)$ with $r,s,t$ coprime. ...
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How to show there exists no solution to a discrete logarithm problem on an Elliptic Curve?

The exact problem is to show that $\nexists$k such that $k(1,2) = (4,5)$ on the elliptic curve defined by $\widetilde{E}: y^2 = x^3 -14x + 17$ over $\mathbb Q$. Background: E: $y^2 = x^3 + 3$ over ...
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Automorphisms of elliptic curve

Consider an elliptic curve $y^2=x^3+b$ over $\mathbb{R}$. How to find all real automorphisms of this curve of order 3?
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Prove the nonexistence of $p$-torsion for $p > 3$ in $E:y^2 = x^3 + ax$ for prime $a \geq 2$.

$$\Large\textbf{Problem}$$ Let $E$ be an elliptic curve defined by $y^2 = x^3 + ax$ where $a \in \mathbb{Z}$ is fourth-power free. Then \begin{aligned} E(\mathbb{Q})^{\text{tor}} = \left\{ ...
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Let $E:y^2 = x^3 + 1$ be an elliptic curve. For each prime $5 \leq p \leq 13$, describe the group $E(\mathbb{F}_p)$.

$$\Large\textbf{Problem}$$ Let $E:y^2 = x^3 + 1$ be an elliptic curve. For each prime $5 \leq p \leq 13$, describe the group $E(\mathbb{F}_p)$, the Mordell-Weil group. $$\Large\textbf{Attempts and ...
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Is $y^2 =$ quartic in $x$ smooth at infinity?

Let $q(x)\in K(x)$ be a quartic polynomial in x with distinct roots over the algebraically closed field $K$. Consider the curve $C\subset \Bbb P^2$ given by $y^2-q(x)$. Is $C$ smooth? Well, at least ...
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Trivial torsion subgroup

I am just wondering, suppose we have a curve $y^2 = x^3+ax + b$ defined over $\mathbb{Q}$ and suppose for simplicity $a,b \in \mathbb{Z}$. Can we say something about the torsion subgroup with the only ...
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Prym variety associated to an étale cover of degree 2 of an hyperelliptic curve.

In view of this question, I have an additional question. The situation is as follows. Let $C$ be the hyperelliptic curve over $\mathbb{C}$, which is given on an affine by the equation $y^2 = x^5 +1 ...
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Elliptic curves in $\Bbb P^3$

How can I check that a curve inside of $\Bbb P^3$ is an elliptic curve? Specifically, let $C$ be the plane cubic $$C:aX^3+bY^3+cZ^3=0$$ and $\phi:\Bbb P^2\to \Bbb P^3$ given by ...
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Computing the kernel of an isogeny between two elliptic curves

Consider the two rational elliptic curves - $ E_{1}: y^{2}+y=x^{3}+x^{2}-131x-650 $ $ [\text{Cremona}:35a2] $ $ E_{2}: y^{2}+y=x^{3}+x^{2}-x $ $ [\text{Cremona}:35a3] $ We know that ...
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Finding points on an elliptic curve

I have an elliptic curve $$x^3+17x+5 \mod 59$$ $P = (4,14)$ is given and I need to find point $8P$. to calculate $8P$, I first calculated $2P$ by using the equation sigma = 3x^2+a/2y = ...
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Order of a point on an Elliptic Curve

I am currently struggling with the determination the order of a point on an elliptic curve. We had to do the following exercise: $C = V(y^2+x^3-1)$ and $P = (0,1)$. Now Wikipedia told me that I can ...
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Cubic diophantine equation

How can I solve the equation $x^3+x-1=y^2$ in positive integers? I know this equation defines an elliptic curve but this seems to be a non-elementary way to solve the question. Is there a more ...
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Isogeny of an elliptic curve

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$ and $p$ be a prime. Then what does it mean by "$E$ has a $\mathbb{Q}$-isogeny of degree $p$"?
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Rationality of divisors at infinity

In an attempt to clarify to myself some terminology (ant the scope of the Riemann-Roch theorem), I would like to ask for examples of genus $1$ curves of the form $$C : y^2 = ax^4 + b$$ where $a, b \in ...
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References for elliptic curves over schemes

As in the title, I want some references about theories for elliptic curves over rings(not fields) or over schemes. I heard that behaviours(?) of such elliptic curves are not as simple as elliptic ...
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Part of verifying that the Weil pairing $e_m$ is well-defined.

As part of a homework problem, I need to show that the value of $e_m(P,Q)$ is independent of the choice of a point $S \in E[m] \setminus \{\mathcal{O},P,-Q,P-Q\}$, where $E[m]$ is the collection of ...
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Solving an equation in charcateristic 2 in sage OR finding 3-torsion points of an elliptic curve over field with char 2

Problem: show that an elliptic curve over a field of char 2 has nontrivial 3-torsion points Method: I used SAGE to unwind the duplication formula for an elliptic curve given in short Weierstrass form ...
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Geometric picture of 3-torsion points on an elliptic curve

I'm faced with what seems a paradox. If we have an elliptic curve $E/\Bbb C$ in Weierstrass form so that $\mathcal O_E$ is at infinity, then the addition law is quite easy to picture geometrically. In ...
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Silverman exercise 3.1 proving that two polynomials are relatively prime iff the discriminant is non-zero

Silverman, p. 104: Show that the polynomials $$f=x^4−b_4x^2−2b_6x−b8 \qquad \text{and}\qquad g=4x^3+b_2x^2+2b_4x+b_6$$ appearing in the duplication formula (III.2.3d) are relatively prime if ...
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rational points on particular elliptic curve

I do have a few books that discuss elliptic curves, however... What are the rational points on $$ y^2 = 4 x^3 - 4 x = 4 x(x-1)(x+1)? $$ I think it ought to be $(-1,0), (0,0), (1,0).$ Maybe it's ...
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There is no Pythagorean triple in which the hypotenuse and one leg are the legs of another Pythagorean triple.

According to Wikipedia, There are no Pythagorean triples in which the hypotenuse and one leg are the legs of another Pythagorean triple. I cannot find the proof in the citation provided. I am ...
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Why does an isogeny not ramify?

The following argument is, I believe, based on the premise that an isogeny (or a morphism of curves that is a group homomorphism) doesn't ramify: Considering the multiplication by $n$ map $[n]$ on a ...
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Computing the analytic $p$-adic $L$-function via modular symbols in MAGMA

I need to compute the analytic $p$-adic $L$-function of an elliptic curve at a prime $p$ via modular symbols using MAGMA. In ...
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Odd torsion of elliptic curves are isomorphic

$C: Y^2=X(X^2+aX+b)$ $D: Y^2=X(X^2+a_1X+b_1)$ where $a,b,\in\mathbb Z a_1=-2a,b_1=a^2-4b,b(a^2-4b)\neq0$ Let $C_{oddtors}(\mathbb Q)$ denote the set of torsion elements of $C(\mathbb Q)$ which ...
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Finding J-invariant of Legendre form of Elliptic Curve

PROBLEM: Put the Legendre equation $y^2 = x(x − 1)(x − λ)$ into Weierstrass form and use this to show that the j-invariant is j = $2^8\frac{(λ2 − λ + 1)^3}{λ^2(λ − 1)^2}$ . Recall: Weierstrass ...
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How to prove $-P = (x, -a_1x - a_3 - y)$ for an Elliptic Curve of the General Weirstrass equation for P not the identity?

Let $P = (x,y) \ne \{\infty\}$. Then $-P$ is the other finite point of intersection of the curve and the vertical line through $P$. General Weirstrass equation: E: $a_1y^2+a_3xy+a_5y = ...
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solving $x^3-2y^3=1$ using cubic number field

I am trying to solve the diophantine equation $x^3-2y^3=1$ using $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[3]{2}).$ I've read this link: Solve $x^3 +1 = 2y^3$ The following is what i have tried: Finding all integer ...
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Elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$ cannot have $\mathbb{Z}_4\times\mathbb{Z}_4$ as a subgroup

Show that an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$ cannot have $\mathbb{Z}_4\times\mathbb{Z}_4$ as a subgroup. We've been told that for this problem, we are not allowed to use Mazur's Theorem. ...
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Is torsion subgroup of elliptic curve birationally invariant?

It's probably a very basic question: Having two birationally equivalent elliptic curves over $\mathbb{Q}$ - is the torsion subgroup unchanged under the birational equivalence?
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Show that the curve $2Y^2 = X^4 - 17$ has no points in $\mathbb{Q}$

There is a hint to show that if there were points in $\mathbb{Q}$, then there would exist $r,s, t \in \mathbb{Z}$ with $\gcd(r, t) = 1$ such that $2s^2 = t^4 - 17r^4$ , and then show that any prime ...
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Discriminants and Weierstrass form of elliptic curves

I'm confused by what appears to be contradictory information. In this post, the claim is made that "Every elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$ can be written in the form $y^{2}= x^{3}+ax+b$ where ...
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Number of points over elliptic curve is p+1 given…

Suppose that -1 is not a square in $\mathbb{Z_p}$. Show that the number of points on the elliptic curve $y^2=x^3+ax$ over $\mathbb{Z_p}$ is $p+1$. Hint: Use the fact that $x^3+ax$ is an odd function. ...
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Show that the curve $2Y^2 = X^4-17$ has points in every $\mathbb{Q}_p$

I've been asked to show that the curve $2Y^2 = X^4-17$ has points in every $\mathbb{Q}_p$ - I've managed to show that it is birationally equivalent to the curve $Y^2 = 2X^4 - 34$ (as suggested in the ...
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Why are we not allowed to rescale the variables of the equation of an elliptic curve independently one from the other?

It seems that in whatever proof of the theorem that an elliptic curve can be put in Weierstrass form that you look at, the next step after getting an equation: $$\alpha Y^2Z + a_1XY Z + a_3Y Z^2= ...
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Elliptic curves on a K3 surface

Let $X$ be an elliptic K3 surface. Let $\alpha$ be a smooth curve of genus $\geq3$. Define $$d(\alpha)=\min\lbrace \epsilon\cdot \alpha \ | \ \epsilon \mbox{ is an elliptic curve on } X \rbrace, $$ ...
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Two circles intersect in two points

Take for example two circles $$\begin{cases}x^2+y^2=1\\x^2+y^2-x-y=0\end{cases}$$ These two circles intersect in two points namely $(0,1)$ and $(1,0)$. But by Bezout's theorem they must intersect four ...
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Is it possible to do elliptic curve cryptography over $\mathbb{Q}$ instead of a finite field?

Whenever I read about elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), the writer always works over a finite field. But as I understand it there is no group-theoretic reason not to use $\mathbb{Q}$ as the ...
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E: $y^2+y=x^3$ an elliptic curve over $F_{2}$. How to prove the number of $E(F_{2^n})$ = $2^n+1$ if n is odd, …

Let E be the elliptic curve $y^2 + y = x^3$ over $F_2$. Prove $ $#E($F_{2^n})$$ = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} 2^n+1 & \quad n=odd \\ 2^n+1-2(-2)^{n/2} & \quad ...
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Moduli space of isogeny classes of elliptic curves

The modular curve $Y(1)$ classifies isomorphism classes of elliptic curves, namely its $K$-points for any field $\mathbb Q\subseteq K\subseteq \mathbb C$ correspond via the $j$-invariant to $\mathbb ...
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Is it correct to say $ x^3+2x+1=y^2 $ is an elliptic curve?

I'm a bit confused about the definition on elliptic curve. For example, can we say that $x^3+2x+1=y^2$ is an elliptic curve? My opinion is that it is not an elliptic curve as the definition given in ...