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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 $a,...
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How to visualize projective plane

I need to comprehend projective plane as a prerequisite for some other topic. But I can't understand what it really looks like. How can I make this plane natural to me? Moreover I want to understand ...
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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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Rank of the elliptic curve $y^2=x^3+px$

I need to prove that the rank of the curve $y^2=x^3+px$ is $0$, if $p\equiv 7 \pmod {16}$ is a prime. Using the standard technique, we need to show that none of the following two equations admits an ...
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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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Rational solutions to $x^4+y^4=cz^2$

Suppose $c\neq 1$ is a squarefree number, and consider the curve $x^4+y^4=cz^2$. How can I find rational points on this curve? What I really want to know is how to transform this into an elliptic ...
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seeing the differential dx/y on an elliptic curve as an element of the sheaf of differentials

$\newcommand{\CC}{\mathbb{C}}$ $\newcommand{\Spec}{\text{Spec }}$ It's a well known fact that every elliptic curve (say, over a field $k$) has a global holomorphic nowhere vanishing differential. If ...
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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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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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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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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 (0,...
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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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Substitutions that transform Fermat Equations to Elliptic Curves

I was reading Chapter 1 of Elliptic Curves - Number Theory and Cryptography by Lawrence C Washington. He was considering Fermat equations $$a^4+b^4=c^4\text{ and }a^3+b^3=c^3.$$ For the 1st equation, ...
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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 $E$, there'...
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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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How to construct isogenies between elliptic curves over finite fields for some simple cases?

From the theorem of Tate, it is known that the two elliptic curves over the same field $\mathbb{F}_p$ are isogenous iff they have the same number of points. For $p\equiv 3\mod 4$, the curve $E_1(\...
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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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Intersection of a line with an Elliptic Curve

I am trying to show that if a line given by $y = mx + b$ intersects an Elliptic Curve given by $E(\mathbb{K}): y^2 = x^3 + Ax + B$ in three points then the line is not tangent to the curve. Given ...
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Canonical sheaf of bielliptic surface

This is an example of bielliptic surface on page 84 from Beauville's book "Complex algebraic surfaces". Let $\rho^3=1$, $\rho\neq1$ and $F_\rho=\mathbb{C}/(\mathbb{Z}+\rho\mathbb{Z})$, $G=\mathbb{Z}/...
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Some questions about reduction of elliptic curves

Let $E \rightarrow S$ be an elliptic curve (i.e, a smooth proper curve of genus 1). If $S = \text{Spec (K)}$ where $K$ is a local field, the usual way of doing a reduction at a prime $\mathfrak{p} = ...
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Mordell Equation $y^2 = x^3 - 20$. [closed]

Prove that the only integral solutions to $y^2 = x^3 − 20$ are $(x, y) = (6, \pm14)$.
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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 $\mathbb{...
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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, $x_1+...
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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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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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Complex Multiplication/ Elliptic Curves Question

I'm working on the following problem from Silverman's advanced topic in the arithmetic of elliptic curves: Let $E$ be an elliptic curve defined over a number field $L$ with complex multiplication by $...
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Approach to elliptic curve $y^2=x^3+1/4+p/a^2$

While taking a brute-force look at this question I discovered that it seems that almost every prime (I'll conjecture every prime larger than 20627) can be written as $p=w^2+wc+d$ for $w,c,d\in \mathbb{...
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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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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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Can an elliptic curve have discrimant one?

Can the discriminant, $4a^3 +27b^2$ of an elliptic curve $$E: y^2=x^3+ax+b$$ be equal to 1. I believe that this should not be possible otherwise the curve would have good reduction at all primes $p$, ...
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Show that the curve $y^2 = x^3 + 2x^2$ has a double point, and find all rational points

Show that the curve $y^2 = x^3 + 2x^2$ has a double point. Find all rational points on this curve. By implicit differentiation of $x$, $-3x^2 - 4x$ vanishes iff $x = -4/3$ and $0$. By implicit ...
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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 $\mathbb{...
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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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Finding zeros and poles of rational functions over elliptic curve

The matter of explicitly finding the order of a rational function on an elliptic curve in the projective plane at infinity (i.e. at the point $(0, 1, 0)$) still seems unclear. For example, Silverman (...
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How could I calculate the rank of the elliptic curve $y^2 = x^3 - 432$?

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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Interpretation of enhanced elliptic curves

In "A first course in modular forms" (Diamond-Shurman) the author defines something called an 'enhanced elliptic curve' for the congruence subgroups $\Gamma_0(N), \Gamma_1(N)$ and $\Gamma(N)$. For ...
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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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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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Modular curves over finite fields

I'm looking for a detailed reference for modular curves over finite fields, such as $X(N)$, $X_1(N)$, and $X_0(N)$. There seems to be a lot of literature dealing with them over $\mathbb{C}$, but I'm ...
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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 $\mathbb C$...
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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 $2kx^2+k^2=3x^2+1$, ...