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Number of 3-torsion points on an elliptic curve

If we take our elliptic curve over $K$ to be the zero set of $$ F(X_1, X_2, X_3) = X_2^2 X_3 - (X_1^3 + AX_1X_3^2 + BX_3^2), $$ which is in projective form with $X = X_1, Y = X_2, Z=X_3$, then I ...
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What is a primitive point on an elliptic curve?

While working with elliptic curves for cryptography reasons, I found the notion of a primitive point, but no definition. For example, $P(0,6)$ is a primitive point on the elliptic curve $y^2\equiv ...
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Find the rational points on $1 + 18 x + 81 x^2 + 44 x^3 = y^2$ with Sage

I'm trying to use Sage on-line,but I meet some trouble with the code of it. I want to find the rational points on an ellipse curve,such as $$1 + 18 x + 81 x^2 + 44 x^3 = y^2,\tag1$$ I know that ...
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Find all integer solutions to $x^2+4=y^3$. [duplicate]

Find all integer solutions to $x^2+4=y^3$. Some obvious solutions are $(x,y)=(\pm2,2)$. Are these the only ones?
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Exact rank of Elkies curve

A naïve question. We definitely know an elliptic curve of rank $28$ or more exists by Elkies but no one knows exactly what the rank is for this curve (and for similar examples given previously). ...
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Other ways to compute the torsion subgroup of elliptic curves

Suppose I have a family of elliptic curves $E_{n}/\mathbb{Q}$. I would like to determine the torsion subgroup of $E_{n}(\mathbb{Q})$ denoted by $E_{n}(\mathbb{Q})_{\textrm{tors}}$. Two ways to do this ...
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Property of the $p^n$-Selmer group

Consider the $p^n$-Selmer group of an elliptic curve $E/\mathbb{Q}$, $\operatorname{Sel}_{p^n}(E)$. Must we always have $\operatorname{Sel}_{p^n}(E) \cong (\mathbb{Z}/p^n\mathbb{Z})^{s}$ for some $s$? ...
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Computing rank using $3$-Descent

For an elliptic curve $E$ over $\Bbb{Q}$, we know from the proof of the Mordell-Weil theorem that the weak Mordell-Weil group of $E$ is $E(\Bbb{Q})/2E(\Bbb{Q})$. It is well known that $$ 0 \rightarrow ...
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deg functions and maps

For any map $f$ between curves $C_1$ and $C_2$, one defines $\mathrm{deg}(f) = [K(C_1) : f^*K(C_2)]$ as given in "The Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves" by Silverman. For algebraic functions on elliptic ...
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Prove that the equation $y^2=x^3-73$ has no integer solutions

Prove that there are no integers $x,y$ such that $y^2=x^3-73$. Thank you.
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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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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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Finding the completion of a coordinate ring

Consider $A=\mathbb C[x,y]/(y^2-x(x+1))$, and consider the $\mathfrak m$-adic completion, where $\mathfrak m =(x,y)$. I want to show that this completion is isomorphic to $\mathbb C[[u,v]]/(uv)$, ...
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Relation involving the conductor of an elliptic curve

Consider an elliptic curve $E: y^{2} = x^{3} + ax + b$. Then the quadratic twist by a squarefree $d$ is given by $E^{d} : dy^{2} = x^{3} + ax + b$. What is the relationship between the conductor of ...
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Group structure of an elliptic curve

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over field $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$. The curve group $E(\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z})$ is always a) cyclic or b) direct product of two cyclic groups. First question: How do I ...
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Family of elliptic curves with trivial torsion

I'm wondering, if it is true that the torsion subgroup of $y^2=x^3+p$ (for $p$ some prime, greater than 2), is always trivial?. I was trying to prove this using Lutz-Nagell, but I can't quite get it. ...
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Turning an elliptic curve over C into a complex torus

I have been reading a lot about the Weierstrass $\wp$ function and I understand the parameterization of an elliptic curve with the elliptic function( i.e. $x=\wp(z)$ and $y=\wp^\prime(z)$). I would ...
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Direct proof of the non-zeroness of an Eisenstein series

Question: Can you show directly from its formula that $G_4(i)\neq0$? Recall that the holomorphic Eisenstein series of weight $2k$ is defined by: $$G_{2k}(\tau)= \sum_{(m,n)\in\mathbb{Z}^2\setminus ...
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Complex elliptic curve for the “conjugate” lattice

Let $\Lambda$ be a lattice in $\mathbb{C}$, and $E=\mathbb{C}/\Lambda$ the corresponding complex elliptic curve. Let $\bar{\Lambda}$ be the "conjugate" lattice, i.e. the one obtained by conjugating ...
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Minimal degree of a field extension to obtain an elliptic curve

Let $K$ be a number field and let $X$ be a smooth projective geometrically connected curve over $K$ of genus $1$. There exists a number field $L/K$ such that $X$ has a $L$-rational point. Let $L$ be ...
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Cokernel of morphism of Tate module of elliptic curves

Let $K$ be a field, and $\phi: E_1\to E_2$ be an isogeny of elliptic curves over $K$. Given a prime $\ell$ different from the characteristic of $K$, $\phi$ induces an injection $T_\ell \phi: T_\ell ...
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How do I show that this curve has a nonsingular model of genus 1?

Let $C$ be the projective closure of $Z(f) \subset \mathbf{A}^2$ where $f$ is an irreducible polynomial of degree 4 in $x$ and degree 2 in $y$, so $C = Z(f^*) \subset \mathbf{P}^2$ where $f^*$ is the ...
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Lenstra's Elliptic Curve Algorithm

I am currently trying to understand Lenstra's Elliptic Curve Algorithm for factoring integers. As a source I use "Rational Points on Elliptic Curves" by Joseph H. Silverman and John Tate. They ...
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Proving the Uniformization Theorem for Elliptic Curves (An Exercise from Silverman's Advanced Topics on Elliptic Curves )

In Silverman's Advanced Topics in the Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves there are two demonstrations of the Uniformization Theorem for the Elliptic Curves (It says that, given an Elliptic Curve $E$, ...
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Prove that $y^2 = x(x-1)(x- \lambda)$ is irreducible for all $\lambda \in k$

I wish to prove that $y^2 = x(x-1)(x- \lambda)$ is irreducible for all $\lambda \in k$. It seems like this follows from the fact that $x(x-1)(x- \lambda)$ cannot be written as the square of any ...
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How to relate the valuation of x/y (For a minimal Weierstrass equation)

I'm reading an article about elliptic curves, but since I'm not very experienced on this subject, I ended up getting stuck. The problem starts as: "Let $K/\mathbb{Q}$ be a number field and $E/K$ an ...
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On Bachet's Duplication Formula and the number $-432$

While reading "Rational Points on Elliptic Curves" by Silverman and Tate, I came across this interesting passage about Bachet's duplication formula: I know how to derive Bachet's duplication ...
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Show that an ideal is unramified

See Advanced Topics in elliptic curves for the full question(see also errata: http://www.math.brown.edu/~jhs/ATAEC/ATAECErrata.pdf): 2.30 (pg 184) Given $E/L$ an elliptic curve with complex ...
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Abelian Elliptic Surfaces

By abelian surface we mean a 2-dimensional algebraic complex torus. Thus $$ S=\Bbb{C}^2/\Gamma$$ where $\Gamma$ is a rank $4$ lattice in $\Bbb{C}^2$ and such that $S$ is algebraic. It has trivial ...
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Graphing elliptical curves based on group operation

I just found this and it blew my mind (he gives an elliptical curve to do multiplication). If I understand correctly (from reading the link and other things) the Abelian group he is using is ...
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Does this simple problem using Vieta's formulas have deeper connections to elliptic curves?

A friend posed the following question to me: Suppose $p(x)=x^3+ax+b$ has one real root, $x_1$, and two non-real roots, $x_2$ and $x_3$. Compute $x_1$ in terms of $x_2$. By Vieta's formulas, ...
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Attacking Elliptic Curve Cryptography Problem with a Bad Reduction $\pmod p$

I'm working on a crypto problem as a puzzle and unfortunately my math isn't at the level I need it to be to answer the question. I have been given a prime $p$, a curve $E$ defined over $F(p)$, a ...
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What is the complex *algebraic* moduli of elliptic curves?

It's well-known that $SL_2(\mathbb{Z}) \backslash \mathfrak{h}$ is a coarse moduli space for complex elliptic curves. Thus, I would expect this to be related to the pullback of $\mathcal{M}_{ell} ...
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Why is this a characterization of isogenies of elliptic curves? (From Silverman)

In the proof of Theorem III.6.2 (c) in Silverman's The Arithmetic Of Elliptic Curves it says: Let $x_1, y_1 \in K(E_1)$ and $x_2, y_2 \in K(E_2)$ be Weierstrass coordinates. We start by looking at ...
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On the relationship between Fermats Last Theorem and Elliptic Curves

I have to give a presentation on elliptic curves in general. It does not have to be very in depth. I have a very basic understanding of elliptic curves (The most I understand is the concept of ranks). ...
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Integral points on an elliptic curve

Let's start with an elliptic curve in the form $$E : y^2 = x^3 + Ax + B, \qquad A, B \in \mathbb{Z}.$$ I am wondering about integral points. I know that Siegel proved that $E$ has only finitely many ...
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Subvariety of Product of Elliptic Curves

This is almost certainly known (and maybe written down somewhere?). Is there an example of two elliptic curves $C, E/k$ that are not isomorphic, yet there is an embedding $C\hookrightarrow E\times E$ ...
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What is the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture?

This is probably a really silly question, but I was wondering if someone could explain the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture to me in a simple way. I've read a lot about it, but cannot understand ...
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Intuition and Stumbling blocks in proving the finiteness of WC group

After reading many articles about the Tate-Shafarevich Group ,i understood that "in naive perspective the group is nothing but the measure of the failure of Hasse principle, and coming to its ...
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Isomorphic Elliptic Curves

I want to solve the following exercise: Show that the two elliptic curves $E/ \mathbb{Q}$ and $E'/ \mathbb{Q}$ are isomorphic. $E: y^2 = x^3+x-2$ and $E': y'^2 = x'^3-\frac{1}{3}x' - \frac{52}{27}$. ...
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Elliptic curves with finitely many rational points

A conjecture by Goldfeld says that half of all elliptic curves have rank zero (i.e. their Mordell-Weil group has finite order.) Are there any known infinite families of elliptic curves (over ...
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Rational points on an elliptic curve

Consider the following elliptic curve $y^2=(x+1540)(x-508)(x-65024)$. It is trivial that the points $P_1(-1540,0)$, $P_2(508,0)$ and $P_3(65024,0)$ lie on this curve. It is also quite easy to find ...
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Elliptic Curves Without Geometry

Unfortunately geometry terrifies me, so I was hoping to understand the basic theory of elliptic curves algebraically (via their function fields). Let F be a transcendence degree 1 extension of ...
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Square root in Characteristic 2 Field

Let $K$ be a field of characteristic 2. For each $a\in K$, can we always find some $x$ such that $x^2=a$? I came upon this question while reading "Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves". The original ...
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How could I calculate the rank of this elliptic curve?

The birational change of variables $(u,v) = (\frac{36+y}{6x},\frac{36-y}{6x})$ maps $u^3+v^3=1$ to $y^2 = x^3 - 432$ which has discriminant $-2^{12}\cdot 3^9$. Using pari/gp we can compute the ...
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Question about quadratic twists of elliptic curves

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve and $d$ be a squarefree integer. If $E'$ and $E$ are isomorphic over $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{d})$, must $E'$ be a quadratic twist of $E$?
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Example of an elliptic curve with trivial torsion subgroup and rank 0

What is an example of an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$ with trivial torsion subgroup and rank 0?
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The rational points on the curve: $y^2=ax^4+bx^2+c$.

I wonder how to find the rational points on the curve: $y^2=ax^4+bx^2+c$. Is there infinite rational points on this curve? For example:$y^2=x^4+3x^2+1.$If we set $y=x^2+k$,then $2kx^2+k^2=3x^2+1$, ...
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Galois representations and isogenies of elliptic curves

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$. For each prime $\ell$, the action of $\mathrm{Gal}(\bar{\mathbb{Q}}/\mathbb{Q})$ on $E[\ell]$ (the group of $\ell$-division points of $E$) defines a ...
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Concrete and elementary applications of modular forms to elliptic curves

What are some useful facts/algorithms for elliptic curves that can be obtained (proved completely) using the theory of modular forms without heavy machinery? It's often been asked what elementary ...