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### History of $p$-adic numbers

I'm interested in learning about the historical motivation and development of $p$-adic numbers. I haven't been able to find any books on the topic. I'd appreciate any references, including to more ...
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### properties of certain semigroup action on $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$

Suppose we have a polynomial $f \in \mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}[x]$, $f(x) = x^2 - x$. We are interested in elements $n \in \mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ such that after repeated application of f they ...
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### $p$-adic expansion

I have just touched on this topic, please guide me along. If I have a prime number $p=10^{10}+19$, and a $p$-adic number $\alpha=\frac{16}{17}$. How do I derive its $p$-adic expansion? Thanks in ...
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### When is it easy to write down the Bhargava S-factorial?

In Manjul Bhargava's The Factorial Function and Generalizations he motivates a new type of factorial $n!_S$ using by generalizing three theorems: For $k, l \in \mathbb{Z}$, we have $k! \times l!$ ...
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### Galois representation associated to a number field

I think I'm missing something completely trivial. I want to know how to compute the Galois representation associated to an extension of $p$-adic fields. Let $p$ and $q$ be odd prime numbers. Fix ...
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### Frobenius action on $\overline{\mathbb Q_p}$

Let $p$ be a prime number and let $F_p$ be the Frobenius automorphism of $\overline{\mathbb F_p}$. Given an explicit element $x$ of $\overline{\mathbb Q_p}$, how do I compute $F_p(x)$? Does it even ...
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### Proof of Hasse's principle for quadratic equations

I am currently tackling the following problem. Problem Consider the equation $x^2 = q,$ where $q \in \mathbb{Q}$. Show this has a rational solution $x$ in $\mathbb{Q}$ if and only if there are ...
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### A quadratic equation over $\mathbb{Q}_p$

Suppose we have the equation $x^2+x+1$ over the field $\mathbb{Q}_p$. is it possible to determine for what primes $p$ the equation has solutions? I tried to see whether this is related to what $p$ is ...
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### Problems that are made easy by using p-adic numbers

Does anybody know of elementary problems that can be be solved using the p-adics? Solutions are preferred.
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### Open Ball under the p-adic Norm

I'm trying to figure how, if it's even possible, to draw an open ball using the p-adic norm. My definition of the p-adic norm I'm using is: $\lvert x \rvert_p$ = $p^{-ord_px}$ if $x \neq 0$ and ...
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### Ramification and roots of unity in complete discrete valuation rings.

Let $\mathcal{O}$ be a complete discrete valuation ring with algebraically closed residue field $k$ of characteristic $p>0$. Let $\pi\in \mathcal{O}$ generate the maximal ideal and suppose ...
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### Degree of closure of $\mathbb{Q}_p$

In order to prove that algebraic closure of $\mathbb{Q}_p$ is infinite, I took the polynomial $x^n-p$ with $n>1$ over $\mathbb{Q}_p$ to show that this eqaution has no solution for infinite cases to ...
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### Embedding into $p$-adic complex numbers

As I'm reading notes about the Leopoldt conjecture, the following question came to my mind: Let $\mathbb{C}_p$ be the $p$-adic complex numbers, i.e. the completion of the algebraic closure of the ...
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### Can one show a beginning student how to use the $p$-adics to solve a problem?

I recently had a discussion about how to teach $p$-adic numbers to high school students. One person mentioned that they found it difficult to get used to $p$-adics because no one told them why the ...
### Computing the analytic $p$-adic $L$-function via modular symbols in MAGMA
I need to compute the analytic $p$-adic $L$-function of an elliptic curve at a prime $p$ via modular symbols using MAGMA. In ...