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Local-Global Principle and the Cassels statement.

In a recent article I have read, i.e. " Lecture notes on elliptic curves ", Prof.Cassels remarks in page-110 that There is not merely a local-global principle for curves of genus-$0$, but ...
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Does an elementary solution exist to $x^2+1=y^3$?

Prove that there are no positive integer solutions to $$x^2+1=y^3$$ This problem is easy if you apply Catalans conjecture and still doable talking about Gaussian integers and UFD's. However, can this ...
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Group Law for an Elliptic curve

I was reading this book "Rational points on Elliptic curves" by J.Silverman, and J.Tate, 2 prominent figures in Number theory and was very intrigued after reading the first couple of pages. The ...
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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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How to compute rational or integer points on elliptic curves

This is an attempt to get someone to write a canonical answer, as discussed in this meta thread. We often have people come to us asking for solutions to a diophantine equation which, after some clever ...
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Elliptic Curves and Points at Infinity

My undergraduate number theory class decided to dip into a bit of algebraic geometry to finish up the semester. I'm having trouble understanding this bit of information that the instructor presented ...
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More elliptic curves for $x^4+y^4+z^4 = 1$?

(Note: This has been updated to be similar with this MO post.) There are exactly 22 known primitive solutions to, $$a^4+b^4+c^4 = d^4\tag{1}$$ with $d<10^{11}$. Noam Elkies showed that $(1)$ as, ...
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Calculating the divisors of the coordinate functions on an elliptic curve

I am currently reading Silverman's arithmetic of elliptic curves. In chapter II, reviewing divisor, there is an explicit calculation: Given $y^2 = (x-e_1)(x-e_2)(x-e_3)$ let $P_i = (e_i,0),$ and $ ...
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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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Making an elliptic curve out of a cubic polynomial made a cube, or $ax^3+bx^2+cx+d = y^3$

What is the transformation such that a general cubic polynomial to be made a cube, $$ax^3+bx^2+cx+d = y^3\tag{1}$$ can be transformed to Weierstrass form, $$x^3+Ax+B = t^2\tag{2}$$ (The special ...
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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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Commutativity of “extension” and “taking the radical” of ideals

Let $K$ be a field (not necessarily algebraically closed) and $\overline{K}$ its algebraic closure. By $K[\text{X}]$, I mean $K[X_1,...,X_n]$. Is it true that the operations of "extension" and ...
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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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Finding order of a point on eliptic curve

Just started studying eliptic curves and am having trouble with this question. An explanation/solution would be much appreciated. Find the order of the point X on the elliptic curve $E/Q$ for the ...
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The modular curve X(N)

I have a question about the modular curve X(N), which classifies elliptic curves with full level N structure. (A level N structure of an elliptic curve E is an isomorphism from $Z/NZ \times Z/NZ$ to ...
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Why does the elliptic curve for $a+b+c = abc = 6$ involve a solvable nonic?

The curve discussed in this OP's post, $$\color{brown}{-24a+36a^2-12a^3+a^4}=z^2\tag1$$ is birationally equivalent to an elliptic curve. Following E. Delanoy's post, let $G$ be the set of rational ...
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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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How could we show that the abelian group has $\text{ rank}=0$?

Let $E/\mathbb{Q}$ the elliptic curve $Y^2=X^3+p^2X$ with $p \equiv 5 \pmod 8$. Show that the abelian group $E(\mathbb{Q})$ has $\text{rank}=0$. Could you give me a hint how we could do this? It is ...
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Modular functions and elliptic functions

Does anybody know of an equation formally equating modular functions and elliptic functions similar to Euler's equation for exponential and trigonometric functions? Any advice much appreciated. ...
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Can you recommend some books on elliptic function?

I plan to study elliptic function. Can you recommend some books? What is the relationship between elliptic function and elliptic curve?Many thanks in advance!
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UPDATE: How to find the order of elliptic curve over finite field extension

I want to find the order of elliptic curve over the finite field extension $\mathbb{F}_{p^2}$, where $E(\mathbb{F}_{p^2}):y^2=x^3+ax+b $ I am using the method illustrated by John J. McGee in his ...
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How to find all rational points on the elliptic curves like $y^2=x^3-2$

Reading the book by Diophantus, one may be led to consider the curves like: $y^2=x^3+1$, $y^2=x^3-1$, $y^2=x^3-2$, the first two of which are easy (after calculating some eight curves to be solved ...
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How to obtaining the lattice corresponding to an elliptic curve

Let $C$ be a complex elliptic curve given by the quation $y^2=4x^3-g_2 x -g_3$. How do I find the lattice $\Lambda$ such that $C \cong \mathbb{C}/\Lambda$? I need the lattice (and corresponding ...
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Looking for help with this elementary method of finding integer solutions on an elliptic curve.

In the post Finding all solutions to $y^3 = x^2 + x + 1$ with $x,y$ integers larger than $1$, the single positive integer solution $(x,y)=(18,7)$ is found using algebraic integers. In one of the ...
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What is the argument used to dsitinguish the cases (a) and (b)

We know from [B. Mazur, Modular curves and the Eisenstein ideal, Publ. math. IHES 47 (1977), 33-186] that if $C$ is an elliptic curve of the form ($C:y²=x³+ax+b$ with $a,b∈ℤ$), then $C(ℚ)^{tors}$ (the ...
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Proving the condition for two elliptic curves given in Weierstrass form to be isomorphic

I'm taking a course on elliptic curves and trying to understand the proof of Proposition 3.2. Let $E$, $E'$ be elliptic curves over $K$ in Weierstrass form: ...
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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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Multiplication by $m$ isogenies of elliptic curves in characteristic $p$

I've been attempting to prove some comments I've read on MO by myself for my undergrad thesis regarding étale morphisms of elliptic curves. My definition of an étale morphism is taken from Milne's ...
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Finding two non-congruent right-angle triangles

The map $g: B \to A, \ (x,y) \mapsto \left(\dfrac {x^2 - 25} y, \dfrac {10x} y, \dfrac {x^2 + 25} y \right)$ is a bijection where $A = \{ (a,b,c) \in \Bbb Q ^3 : a^2 + b^2 = c^2, \ ab = 10 \}$ and $B ...
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Reason behind standard names of coefficients in long Weierstrass equation

A long Weierstrass equation is an equation of the form $$y^2+a_1xy+a_3y=x^3+a_2x^2+a_4x+a_6$$ Why are the coefficients named $a_1, a_2, a_3, a_4$ and $a_6$ in this manner, corresponding to $xy, x^2, ...
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Number of points on $Y^2 = X^3 + A$ over $\mathbb{F}_p$

Let $p\equiv 2\pmod{3}$ be prime and let $A\in\mathbb{F}^{∗}_p$ . Show that the number of points (including the point at infinity) on the curve $Y^2 = X^ 3 + A$ over $\mathbb{F}_ p$ is exactly $p + 1$ ...
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Is it possible to say that every point $P$ in $C(ℚ)$ other than the 'basis' is of finite order?

Let $C$ an elliptic curve over $\mathbb Q$. Assume that the rank of $C(ℚ)$ is equal to $r$. Then the cardinality of a maximal independent set in $C(ℚ)$ is $r$, thus there exists $r$ independent points ...
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Violating assertion in Cohen's instructions for Weierstrass reduction

I am trying to follow case 2 of the procedure given in Cohen: for the cubic $f(x,y,z) = x^3 + 3 y^3 - 11 z^3$ using the rational point $P_0 = (2 : 1 : 1)$. The tangent at this point is $y = - ...
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Can we extend the map $φ$ to $ℝ^{r}×C(ℚ)^{\text{tors}}→C(ℚ)$ as an isomorphism or not?

The motivation to this question can be found in How I can express $(x,y)∈G$ by using the $r$ independent points $P_1,P_2,\ldots,P_r$ We know that there is an isomorphism ...
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The resemblance between Mordell's theorem and Dirichlet's unit theorem

The first one states that if $E/\mathbf Q$ is an elliptic curve, then $E(\mathbf Q)$ is a finitely generated abelian group. If $K/\mathbf Q$ is a number field, Dirichlet's theorem says (among other ...
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Find integer in the form: $\frac{a}{b+c} + \frac{b}{c+a} + \frac{c}{a+b}$

Let $a,b,c \in \mathbb N$ find integer in the form: $$I=\frac{a}{b+c} + \frac{b}{c+a} + \frac{c} {a+b}$$ Using Nesbitt's inequality: $I \ge \frac 32$ I am trying to prove $I \le 2$ to implies ...
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Diophantine equation $x^2 + xy + y^2 = \left({{x+y}\over{3}} + 1\right)^3$.

Solve in integers the equation$$x^2 + xy + y^2 = \left({{x+y}\over3} + 1\right)^3.$$
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The term “elliptic”

There are many things which are called “elliptic” in various branches of mathematics: Elliptic curves Elliptic functions Elliptic geometry Elliptic hyperboloid Elliptic integral Elliptic modulus ...
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Reading the mind of Prof. John Coates (motive behind his statement)

To start with the issue, I have been thinking from many days that Birch-Swinnerton-dyer conjectures should have some association with the Galois theory, but one day I got the Article of Tate called as ...
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History of elliptic curves

In one sense elliptic curves are a rather modern object as some of its properties have been studied only in the last century or so. But in another sense there are a very classical object for studying ...
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How are the Tate-Shafarevich group and class group supposed to be cognates?

How can one consider the Tate-Shafarevich group and class group of a field to be analogues? I have heard many authors and even many expository papers saying so, class group as far as I know is ...
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Explicit Derivation of Weierstrass Normal Form for Cubic Curve

In page 22-23 of Rational Points on Elliptic Curves by Silverman and Tate, authors explain why is it possible to put every cubic curve into Weierstrass Normal Form. Here are relevant pages: (My ...
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Is the real locus of an elliptic curve the intersection of a torus with a plane?

In Lawrence Washington's book Elliptic Curves: Number Theory and Criptography I read that if $E$ is an elliptic curve defined over the real numbers $\mathbb{R}$ then the set of real points ...
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What is stopping every Mordell equation from having a [truly] elementary proof?

The Mordell equation is the Diophantine equation $$Y^2 = X^3-k \tag{1}$$ where $k$ is a given integer. There is no known single method — elementary or otherwise — to solve equation $(1)$ for all $k$, ...
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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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Integer solutions of $x^3 = 7y^3 + 6 y^2+2 y$?

Does the equation $$x^3 = 7y^3 + 6 y^2+2 y\tag{1}$$ have any positive integer solutions? This is equivalent to a conjecture about OEIS sequence A245624. Maple tells me this is a curve of genus $1$, ...
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References for elliptic curves

I just finished reading Silverman and Tate's Rational Points on Elliptic Curves and thought it was very interesting. Could any of you point me to some more references (ex. books, articles) on ...
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Integer solutions for $x^3+2=y^2$?

I've heard a famous result that $26$ is the only integer, such that $26-1=25$ is a square number and $26+1=27$ is a cubic number.In other words, $(x,y)=(5,3)$ is the only solution for $x^2+2=y^3$. ...
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order of an elliptic curve

I have found that the curve given by $x^3+x+1=y^2$ over $\mathbb{F_5}$ has 9 points. Now I am supposed to find the number of points of the same curve on $\mathbb{F}_{125}$. Using Hasse and the fact ...