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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Exposition on Modular Curves

I was recently reading this paper by Weston, whereby he talks about the modular curves $X_0(11)$ and $X_1(11)$. I was wondering if anyone can recommend a more general exposition of modular curves ...
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Bound for number of points on surface over $\mathbb{F}_p$

I know of the bound for the number of points on an elliptic curve over a finite field: $$|\# E(\mathbb{F}_q) - q - 1| < 2\sqrt{q}$$ where this includes the point at infinity. I have been told that ...
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Third point of intersection is also a point of inflection?

Let $C \subset \mathbb{P}_2$ be a nonsingular cubic. If $L$ is a line through two distinct points of inflection on $C$, how do I show that the third point of intersection is also a point of ...
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The group $E(\mathbb{F}_p)$ has exactly $p+1$ elements

Let $E/\mathbb{F}_p$ the elliptic curve $y^2=x^3+Ax$. We suppose that $p \geq 7$ and $p \equiv 3 \pmod {4}$. I want to show that the group $E(\mathbb{F}_p)$ has exactly $p+1$ elements. I was ...
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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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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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Mordell-Weil rank in elliptic surfaces

Suppose that an elliptic smooth K3 surface $X$ defined over a number field $k$ has arithmetic Picard rank $r$ and assume that it is equipped with a $k$ fibration over $\mathbb{P}^1$ that has a section ...
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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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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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Help with proving that the torsion subgroup of $y^2=x^3+x$ is $E(\mathbb{Q})_{tors} \cong \mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$

Let $E: y^2= x^3 + x$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$. I'm trying to prove that $E(\mathbb{Q})_{tors} \cong \mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$. In order to do that, I've already shown that ...
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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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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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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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Does there have to be a point on elliptic curve over $\mathbb{C}(t)$

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{C} (t)$ (rational functions). I require $E$ to be defined by the following equation. $$ y^2 = x^3 + A x + B$$ Where $A, B \in \mathbb{C} (t)$. Question: ...
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Sums of three cubes in arithmetic progression equal to a cube $x^3+(x+y)^3+(x+2y)^3 = z^3$

Using exhaustive search, small positive and primitive integer solutions to, $$x^3+(x+y)^3+(x+2y)^3 = 3 x^3 + 9 x^2 y + 15 x y^2 + 9 y^3= z^3\tag1$$ are, $$x,y = 3,1,\quad x+y =2^2$$ $$x,y = ...