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In mathematics the $p$-adic number system for any prime number $p$ extends the ordinary arithmetic of the rational numbers in a way different from the extension of the rational number system to the real and complex number systems.

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### Examples of Cauchy sequences in the rational numbers that do not converge in said set with respect to the p-adic topology

I am working through a set of notes on Algebraic Number theory, and I find myself attempting to construct some examples of Cauchy sequences not converging in $\mathbb{Q}$, with respect to the p-adic ...
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### Metric on $\mathbb{Q}$ for which the completion of $\mathbb{Q}$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{Q}_2 \times \mathbb{Q}_3$. [closed]

Is there a metric on $\mathbb{Q}$ for which the completion of $\mathbb{Q}$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{Q}_2 \times \mathbb{Q}_3$?
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### Creating a grid of coloured points

I wish to create a grid of $31\times31$ points with coordinates of the form $(\frac k{30};\frac n{30})$ within the unit square, and give each point a colour based on the 2-adic value of both its ...
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### Structure of $\Bbb Q_p/\Bbb Q$

The group $\Bbb A_\Bbb Q/\Bbb Q$ of adeles mod rationals is: Isomorphic to the solenoid Isomorphic to the group $\Bbb A_\Bbb Z/\Bbb Z$ Dual to the rational numbers This raises the question of the ...
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### Error when tensoring with $p$-adic integers

It must be simple but I cannot find the error in the reasoning. Let $p$ be a prime number, we know that $\mathbb Z_p$ is flat over $\mathbb Z$ so that we can take the tensor product of the exact ...
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The strictly positive integers can be decomposed into a product of prime powers. Likewise, the positive rationals can be decomposed into a product of (possibly negative) prime powers. Another way to ...
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### P-adic numbers and infinity? Does infinity as a limit exist for p-adics?

I don't think I understand how p-adic numbers relate to the usual concept of infinity. The wiki page and various sources on the internet did not help. Let's see for example the 10-adic counterparts ...
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### Distinct zeros of polynomials in $5$-adics.

How many distinct zeros does each of the following polynomials have in $\mathbb{Z}_5$? $f(x) = x^3 + 5x + 5$; $g(x) = x^5 + 2$; $h(x, y) = x^2 + y^2$. I know how to do the first two, ...
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### zeros of p-adic power series

Suppose I have $f(x) \neq 0 \in \mathbb{Z}_p[[x]].$ If it can help it is of the form $g(x^p)+ph(x)$. Under which conditions can I say that $f(x)$ has finitely many zeros in $\bar{\mathbb{Q}}_p$? (...
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### Understanding $Gal(\bar k /k)$

According to this book, An Introduction to the Langlands Program, One of the fundamental goals of modern number theory is to understand the Galois group $Gal(\bar k /k)$ where $k$ is a local or a ...
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### Condition inverse $p$-adic number

Take $p$ prime, $n \in \mathbb{Z}_{>0}$ and $x \in \mathbb{Z}_p$. Suppose that $p$ isn't a divisor of $$x = (x_j + p^j \mathbb{Z})_{j \in \mathbb{Z}_{>0}},$$ then one can prove that the first ...
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### $\mathbb{Z}_p$ is a complete metric space in which $\mathbb{Z}$ is dense

I don't quite understand a few parts of the proof of proposition $3$. What is meant by "the ideals $p^n\mathbb{Z}_p$ form a basis of neighborhoods of $0$"? After reading the definition of a ...
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### Let $p$ and $q$ be distinct primes. Can you prove the sequence $\{p^n\}_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ is not Cauchy under the given metric on $\mathbb{Q}$?

This is an elementary $p$-adic theory question. Granted $d(x,y)=|x-y|_q$ is a metric on $\mathbb{Q}$, and $|\cdot|_q$ is a norm such that $$|x|_q=q^{-ord_q x}$$ where $ord_q x$ is the largest ...
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### profinite completion of a ring of integers in a global field

It is well known that the profinite completion of the integers, $\hat{\mathbb{Z}} = \varprojlim \mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ is, by the Chinese remainder theorem, isomorphic to $\prod_p \mathbb{Z}_p$. I ...
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### The topology of $\mathbb{Z}_p$

I don't know much about topology, but anyway... Assuming $\displaystyle\prod{A_n} =\prod_{n\geq 1}{A_n}$, why is $\mathbb{Z}_p$ closed in a product of compact spaces? Googling I found Tychonoff's ...
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### Unicity in $p$-adic Weierstrass Preparation Theorem: dividing both sides of an equation of formal power series

I would like to see whether the following proof is correct or not. Let $\Omega$ be a completion of an algebraic closure of $\mathbb{Q}_p$. Let $g$ and $g_1$ be power series in $1+X\Omega[[X]]$ that ...
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### Neukirch's motivation for $p$-adic numbers

I've started reading Neukirch's Algebraic Number Theory book and at the beginning of Chapter II he starts his motivation for the $p$-adic numbers as follows: "The idea originated from the observation ...
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### What to call a polynomial that with no roots in $\mathbb{Q}$ but does in $p$-adics

As an example, consider the polynomial $f(x)=x^2-2$. This polynomial has no roots over the rationals $\mathbb{Q}$. However, $\sqrt{2} \in \mathbb{Q}_7$, so it does have roots in the 7-adics. Is there ...
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### $p$-adic Euler's totient function

Let $p$ be a prime number, $\overline{\mathbb{Q}_p}$ a fixed algebraic closure of $\mathbb{Q}_p$. Let $\alpha$ be a primitive $n$-th root of unity in $\overline{\mathbb{Q}_p}$ and $d$ its degree over ...
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### Existence of $\sqrt{-1}$ in $5$-adics, show resulting sum is convergent.

I know that to prove the existence of a square root of $-1$ in $\mathbb{Z}_5$, I can just plug $x = -5$ and $a = 1/2$ into the Taylor expansion$$(1 + x)^a = \sum_{n=0}^\infty \binom{a}{n} x^n.$$...
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### Roots of $p$-adic irreducible polynomials
A finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$ posesses the property that for any irreducible polynomial $f\in\mathbb{F}_p[x]$ adjoining any root of $f$ automatically adjoins all roots of $f$. (In other words, any ...