# Tagged Questions

For questions regarding elliptic curves. Questions on ellipses should be tagged [conic-sections] instead.

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### Gross-Zagier formulae outside of number theory

(Edit: I have asked this question on MO.) The Gross-Zagier formula and various variations of it form the starting point in most of the existing results towards the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer ...
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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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### What is an elliptic curve, and how are they used in cryptography?

I hear a lot about Elliptic Curve Cryptography these days, but I'm still not quite sure what they are or how they relate to crypto...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Reference request in number theory for an analyst.

I am a confirmed mathochist. My background is in analysis, and fairly traditional analysis at that; mainly harmonic functions, subharmonic functions and boundary behaviour of functions, but I have for ...
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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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### 2-Torsion Group Scheme

Consider the elliptic curve $zy^2 + z^2y = x^3.$ I would like to explictly compute the 2-torsion group scheme, $E[2],$ over $\mathbf{Spec}(\mathbb{Z}_2),$ but I'm having a tough time writing down the (...
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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 the ...
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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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### What is known about the numbers $M_p = \left\vert C(\mathbb{F}_p )\right\vert$?

There is a question (2.4.c) marked ** (to denote "extremely difficult/currently open problem") in Silverman and Tate's Rational Points on Elliptic Curves which I found really interesting and wondered ...
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### Motivation for Weil pairing

The Weil pairing $$e_\phi:E[\phi]\times E'[\hat{\phi}]\to \mu_n$$ for an elliptic curve is defined as follows. Let $\phi:E\to E'$ be an isogeny of degree $n$ and $\hat\phi:E'\to E$ be the dual ...
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### Does there exist an elliptic curve $E$ such that $\#E(\Bbb{F}_{q^2})=(q+1)^2$ for all prime powers $q$?

The following (paraphrased) question is a homework exercise for a course on elliptic curves: Let $p\not\equiv1\pmod{12}$ be a prime number and let $q=p^k$. Show that there exists an elliptic curve ...
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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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### If $E/\mathbf Q$ is an elliptic curve and $n$ is odd, then the $n$-torsion $E(\mathbf Q)[n]$ is cyclic; elementary proof?

I know that this follows from the existence and non-degeneracy of the Weil pairing. A consequence of the existence of the Weil pairing is that, if the whole $n$-torsion is defined over $\mathbf Q$, ...
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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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### Why 1728 in $j$-invariant?

The $j$-invariant for elliptic curves has a $1728$ in it. According to Hartshorne, this is supposedly for characteristic-$2$ and $3$ reasons, despite appearances to the contrary. Indeed, it is ...
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### The Moduli Stack of Elliptic curves - What is it?

I have often heard the words "Moduli Stack of Elliptic Curves", but I have nowhere found a from-scratch definition of this object. I do understand the motivation: There are cusps in the moduli space ...
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### Hecke Characters

My question today concerns Hecke characters or Größencharaktere. I'm doing a project on complex multiplication of elliptic curves and need some help understanding Hecke characters. My main ...
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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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### What are some applications of the Weil conjectures for algebraic curves?

I have been interested in the Weil conjectures for some time, and the easiest place to start has been in studying them for elliptic curves. I've been able to see some of their applications and ...
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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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### Basic Understanding of Elliptic curve

I want to know the basic understanding about Elliptic curve. Why it is need and when it is useful. I have searched much on internet but I am not a science student hence I am not able to understand the ...
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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 ...
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### Concrete Example of the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture

The Setup Consider an elliptic curve $E$ in Weierstrass form $y^2=x^3+ax+b$ with $a,b \in \mathbb{Z}$. As usual, we let $\Delta_E$ be the discriminant of the polynomial, and we set $N_p :=$ #{...
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### Intuitively, what is the height of a point on an abelian variety?

I have been reading through Silverman's classic text on elliptic curves and I just can't seem to wrap my head around the height functions. It just kind of shows up. What exactly does the height ...
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### Find all integral solutions for the Diophantine Equations $x^4 - x^2y^2 + y^4 = z^2$ and $x^4 + x^2y^2 + y^4 = z^2$.

Find all integral solutions for the Diophantine Equations $$x^4 - x^2y^2 + y^4 = z^2$$ and $$x^4 + x^2y^2 + y^4 = z^2$$ I basically think that to solve these equations we need to use the fact that ...
I want to show that there are only finitely many elliptic curves over Spec $\mathbf Z$ without appealing to Siegel's theorem or Shafarevich' theorem. Firstly, I think (but I am not sure) that such an ...
Let $f$ be a cusp form of weight $2$ on $\Gamma_0(N)$ and assume that $f$ is a Hecke form and a newform. Then, we easily see that C(\gamma)=2i\pi \int_{\tau}^{\gamma \tau}{f(\tau')d\tau'} \quad (\...