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Point addition on an elliptic curve

I have an elliptic curve $y^2 = x^3 + 2x + 2$ over $Z_{17}$. It has order $19$. I've been given the equation $6\cdot(5, 1) + 6\cdot(0,6)$ and the answer as $(7, 11)$ and I'm unsure how to derive ...
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Silverman Adv. Topics example

I would like to refer you to Silverman's Advanced Topics in the Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves example 10.6: Let $D$ be a nonzero integer, $E:y^2=x^3+D$ with complex multiplication by $\mathcal{O}_K$ ...
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Elliptic curve question

Let $P$ be a point on an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{R}$. Give a geometric condition that is equivalent to P being a point of order (a) $2$ , (b) $3 $ , (c) $ 4$ . Could someone explain this to ...
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Rational map of a curve to an elliptic curve

If I have a curve given by $$ y^2 = (x^3-1)(x^3-a), $$ how do I find out if there is a rational variable transformation $y=y(s,t)$, $x=x(s,t)$ that maps this curve onto an elliptic curve of the form ...
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Can one check by hand whether the Tate module of an elliptic curve is semi-simple

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb Q$, and $\ell$ a prime number. Then, the $\ell$-adic Tate module $V_\ell(E)$ of $E$ is semi-simple as a $\mathbb Q_\ell$-representation of ...
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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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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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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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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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Cohomology group and elliptic curve

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve with a 3-torsion point $P$ and $G = \operatorname{Gal}(\overline{\mathbb{Q}}/\mathbb{Q})$. Let $X = \{O, P, -P\}$ where $O$ is the point at infinity and $X$ is a ...
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Proving Fermat's Last Theorem (easily) using “assumed” conjectures

It can easily be proven assuming Szpiro's conjecture that Fermat's Last Theorem is true for sufficiently large $n$. The proof consists of extremely straightforward computations. My question is, is ...
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division polynomials of elliptic curve as function on $\mathbb{C}$

I have a question about exercise 6.15 of Silverman's book AEC. Suppose that $E$ is a nonsingular elliptic curve over $\mathbb{C}$ given by the equation $$y^2+a_1xy+a_3y=x^3+a_2x^2+a_4x+a_6.$$ Then we ...
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Why do modular curves parametrise elliptic curves?

Let $Y(n)=\Gamma(n)/H$, where $H$ is the upper half plane. In these lecture notes http://math.uga.edu/~pete/modularandshimura.pdf , the author makes the following statement: "$Y(n)$ parametrises ...
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Quantities $g_2$, $g_3$, $\Delta$

This question is somewhat related to this one. Let $\lambda$ be the modular lambda function. Greenhill (Elliptic Functions, p. 57) states that we may put $$g_2 = \frac{1 - \lambda + \lambda^2}{12}, ...
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First problem in Silverman's Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves

I started working through Silverman's Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves. For some reason it looks like the first problem in the first chapter is the hardest problem in the whole chapter or I'm completely ...
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Cube of an integer

$\frac{x}{y}+\frac{y}{z}+\frac{z}{x}=k$ and $x, y, z, k$ are integers. Prove that $xyz$ is cube of some integer number. I was wondering about giving a parametrization for the rational points on ...
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motivation for talking about torsion points on an elliptic curve

Let's consider elliptic curves over a fixed field $k$. I understand that viewing the set of $k$-rational as an abelian group is interesting and useful, but I am confused about why the torsion points ...
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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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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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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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Computing cohomology groups of elliptic curves

I'm skimming through Silverman's text to recall some theory of elliptic curves that I've learned in undergrad. In practice however, I'm having trouble actually computing the cohomology groups. For ...
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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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Computing the divisors of a meromorphic function defined by a hyperelliptic curve.

Let $X$ be a hyperelliptic curve defined by $y^2=h(x).$ Let $\pi : X\to \mathbb{P}^1$ be the double covering map sending $(x,y)$ to $x$. Let $\omega=\pi^{*}(dx/h(x)).$ Compute div$(\omega)$. I ...
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Discriminant of isogenous elliptic curves

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve with a rational $p$-torsion point $P$. Then $E$ is isogenous to the elliptic curve $E' := E/\langle P \rangle$ via the mod $P$ map. I know that the conductor of $E$ and ...
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Global minimal model of elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$

I am basically trying to solve the cannonball problem using elliptic curves. In other words I have to show that the only integer points on the "elliptic curve" $6y^2 = 2x^3 + 3x^2 + x$ are $(0,0), ...
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How to show that the image of a certain projective embedding is an algebraic curve?

I found the following claim in a paper by Griffiths and Harris : Start with a complex torus $\mathbb{C}/\Lambda$. The vector space of meromorphic functions having period lattice $\Lambda$ and a pole ...
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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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Where does a CM elliptic curve have bad reduction?

Let $d>1$ be square-free, and $K=\mathbf Q(\sqrt{-d})$. Choose an embedding of $K$ in $\mathbf C$, and let $E = \mathbf C/\mathcal O_K$. It is known that $E$ admits a model over the Hilbert class ...
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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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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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Hecke $L$-series exercise in Silverman's Advanced Topics in Arithmetic of EC

I would like to refer you to 2.30 & 2.32 in Silverman's book Advanced Topics in the Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves. 2.30(b)[(c) in errata]: Suppose $\mathfrak{P}$ remains inert in $L'$, say ...
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How I can express $(x,y)∈G$ by using the $r$ independent points $P_1,P_2,\ldots,P_r$

Let $C$ be an elliptic curve over $ℚ$. The group $C(ℚ)$ is a finitely generated Abelian group and we have $C(ℚ)≃ℤ^{r}⊕C(ℚ)^\mathrm{tors}$, where $C(ℚ)^\mathrm{tors}$ is a finite abelian group (is the ...
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Proving that the differential on an elliptic curve $E$ given by $\omega=\frac{dx}{y}$ is translation invariant

I'm taking a course on elliptic curves and I'm stuck on a line in a proof. We're assuming we're in an algebraically closed field $K$ and char($K)\not=2$. We have our elliptic curve ...
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What is Weil paring computing really?

I have trouble in understanding Weil paring on $N$-torsion points on an elliptic curve. Please see Wikipedia for the definition of Weil paring. I would like to know what Weil paring is computing ...
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A question on level structures on elliptic curves

I have a question on $\mathbb{H}/\Gamma(N)$, which parametrizes level $N$ structures on elliptic curves. Let $Y(N)$ be the set of isomorphism classes of such objects, then, according to Fact 2 on page ...
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discriminant of an étale cover of an elliptic curve

Let $\pi:X\to E$ be a finite étale morphism, where $E$ is an elliptic curve over a number field $K$. Assume $X$ to be connected, and to be of genus 1. Edit: Assume $X$ and $E$ have semi-stable ...
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Hyperelliptic curve order

How to compute order of a hyperelliptic curve ($y^2=f(x)$, $deg(f)=2 \cdot g+1$, $g=4$), over $F_p$ for small $p$ ($p$ prime)? Are there any efficient algorithms to do so? Is it possible with ...
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Extend an holomorphic function defined on a torus

Suppose we have an holomorphic function $$ f : \frac{\mathbb{C}}{\Lambda} \mapsto \frac{\mathbb{C}}{\Lambda} $$ where $\Lambda$ is a lattice. Is it always possible to find another function $\psi : ...
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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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Rational Points on Elliptic Curves

I have this homework problem: Can there be an elliptic curve, view as a projective curve, with no rational points with at least one 0 as a coordinate?
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Other names for $E_{p+1}$ $\pmod{p}$?

If I want to know properties of $E_{p+1}$ modulo $p$, do you know a name for this modular form, so that it is easier to search via the internet? So far, what I know is that $E_{p-1}$ is the Hasse ...
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Mathematics for Pleasure of a Beginner

I've just read "The Music of the Primes" by Marcus du Sautoy, it is worth a read. I'm not from a maths background, but I'd like to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts. The poetry of math is ...
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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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Determine if $E(\mathbb{Q})$ is finite or infinite.

It is given the following algebraic curve: $$ZY^2=X^3+3XZ$$ I want to find the group of rational points of finite order $E(\mathbb{Q})_{\text{torsion}}$ and to determine if $E(\mathbb{Q})$ is finite ...
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Pullback of indecomposable bundles on an elliptic curve

I consider an elliptic curve $\mathcal C$ over $\mathbb{C}$ and the multiplication by $[n]$ map on the curve. Then I consider an indecomposable vector bundle $E$ on $C$. What can I say of the ...
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A cubic equation: $u^3−2u^2−2v^3−20v^2+16v=0$

Update (Dec. 22): I have already solved this question with Magma. Recently, I read a paper [1] and saw the following equation: $$u^3−2u^2−2v^3−20v^2+16v=0.$$ The author then got a Weierstrass ...
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Distribution of points in ellliptic curves over finite fileds

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve defined over a finite field ${\bf F}_p,$ where $p$ is prime. From Hasse theorem we get $p+1-2\sqrt{p} \leq |E({\bf F}_p)|\leq p+1+2\sqrt{p}.$ Now say that we choose in ...
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There are no elliptic curves over $\mathbb{F}_8$ satisfying either $\#E(\mathbb{F}_8)=7$ or $\#E(\mathbb{F}_8)=11$

This is taken from The Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves by Silverman on page 154, Q5.10(f). One way of directly solving this problem is to work out on sage all 8^5 possibilities of elliptic curves and ...
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Complex multiplication - Ray class fields

I'm pretty new to complex multiplication and am struggling with Corollary 5.20 in Elliptic Curves with Complex Multiplication and the Conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer by Rubin. According to ...
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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 ...