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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$p$-adic numbers and projective coordinates

Let $E/\mathbb{Q}_p$ be an elliptic curve and let $E^0(\mathbb{Q}_p)$ denote its nonsingular points. We accept that $E^0(\mathbb{Q}_p)$ is a subgroup of $E(\mathbb{Q}_p)$. Then let ...
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elliptic curves over $\mathbb{Q}_p$

Let $E: Y^2 = X^3 + AX + B$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}_p$, i.e. $A,B \in \mathbb{Q}_p$ and $4A^3 + 27B^2 \neq 0$. Then, according to page 47 of Cassels' Lectures on Elliptic Curves, if ...
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Cassel's book on Elliptic Curves

Let $E/\mathbb{Q}_p$ be an elliptic curve. Then for $n \geq 1$, let $E_n(\mathbb{Q}) = \left\{P \in E(\mathbb{Q}_p) : \dfrac{x(P)}{y(P)} \in p^n \mathbb{Z}_p\right\}$. According to Cassels in Lectures ...
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Does the p-adic rationals have isolated points?

Does $\mathbb Q_p$ have isolated points? I think that it doesn't,but i cannot prove it. Any help?Thank you!
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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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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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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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Why exponential function on p-adic numbers is meaningless?

In the notes, page 3, it is said that $e^{2\pi i r y}$ is meaningless if $y$ is a general p-adic number. Why exponential function on p-adic numbers is meaningless? Thank you very much.
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Questions about p-adic expressions.

In the notes, page 3, it is said that in $2$-adic and $3$-adic expansion, we have $$ \frac{21}{50} = \frac{1}{2} + 2 + 2^2 + \cdots \tag 1 $$ $$ \frac{21}{50} = 2\cdot 3 + 3^2 + 3^6 + \cdots \tag 2 ...
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A p-adic integral

Let $(K,||)$ be a finite extension of $\mathbb{Q}_p$ of degree $d$ such that the restriction of $||$ to $\mathbb{Q}_p$ is the usual p-adic absolute value. Endow $GL_n(K)$ with the unique Haar measure ...
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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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$\mathbb{Z}_p[\text{PGL}_2(\mathbb{F}_{p^n})]$-modules

Let $p$ be prime. Let $\mathbb{Z}_p$ be the $p$-adic integers. I'm intersted in $\mathbb{Z}_p[\text{PGL}_2(\mathbb{F}_{p^n})]$-modules of low rank over $\mathbb{Z}_p$ (rank $2$ is already very ...
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Continuous p-adic function similar to q-adic norm

Given two distinct primes $p,q$, I am looking for some notion of a $q$-adic valuation of $p$-adic numbers. Obviously, I can define $f:\Bbb{Q}_p \to \Bbb{Q}_p$ by $f(x) = \begin{cases}|x|_q & x\in ...
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Cauchy sequence in $\mathbb{Q}_p$ implies its p-absolute value is cauchy in $R$

Actually, I don't understand why $\{ a_{n}\} \in \mathbb{Q}_{p}$ is cauchy implies $|a_{n}|_{p} \in \mathbb{R}$ is cauchy. Could anyone give me a hint for understand this?
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What does it mean by “formal identity” in the sixth line from the top on page 79 from Koblitz's p-adic Numbers, p-adic Analysis, and Zeta-Functions.

What does it mean by "formal identity" in the sixth line from the top? The text comes from page 79 from Koblitz's p-adic Numbers, p-adic Analysis, and Zeta-Functions. Any explanation is appreciated. ...
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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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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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p-adic analysis problem

Let $x \in \mathbb{Q}$. Show that if $\alpha \in \mathbb{Z}$ is an integer such that $|\alpha - x|_{p} \leq p^{-i} $ for some $i\in \mathbb{N}$, then there exists $\alpha' \in \{ 0,1,2, \ldots, ...
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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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Proving the p-adic numbers $\mathbb{Q}_p$ form a field

I am trying to prove that $\mathbb{Q}_p$ forms a field. However, I am unsure of the best way to go about proving it. If I work with the power series representation of p-adic numbers I run in to ...
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Direct proof of compactness of $\mathbb{Z}_p$

Let $\mathbb{Z}_{p}$ be completion of $\mathbb{Z}$ with respect to $p-$norms. Actually I know that $\mathbb{Z}_{p}$ is bijective to Cantor set, which is compact, therefore by homeomorphism, it is also ...
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Representing numbers in unique p-adic to matrix representation, is there a way?

What I am wanting to do, if it is possible is find unique matrix representations for the p-adic representation of numbers. So for example, say I have the number 1365 = 3*5*7*13. Now I could take ...
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7-adic series expansion of square root of 2

Given the sequence $\{ a_n\}$ defined by the (positive and $a_n < 7^n$) solutions of the congruence $x^2 \equiv 2 \mod 7^n$ and $a_{n+1}\equiv a_n \mod 7^n$. e.g. the first one is $a_1 =3$ the ...
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p-adic numbers, fractions in $\mathbb{Z}_p$

How can we write $1/3$ in $\mathbb{Z}_5$ as series? We can write it as $\frac{1}{5-2}=-\frac{1}{2-5}=-(2+2*5+2*5^2+\dots)$ but $-2$ are negative coefficients...Please explain if there is a flaw in my ...
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Is $f(x)=x^{4}-2x^2 +3$ Eiseinstein in 2-adic $\mathbb{Q}_{2}$?

I think it is because $|1|_{2}=1$, $|2|_{2}=2^{-1}\leq 1$ and $|3|$,where 3 is prime I am using the following Eisenstein criterion for $f(x)=a_{n}x^{n}+...+a_{0}$: $|a_{n}|=1$, $|a_{0}|=prime$ and ...
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Possible Quadratic extensions of $\mathbb{Q}_{2}$ are 1-1 with $\mathbb{Q}_{2}^{*}/(\mathbb{Q}_{2}^{*})^{2}$

Why do they have to be units? $\mathbb{Q}_{2}[\sqrt{2}]$ is a quadratic extension but $|2|_{2}=\frac{1}{2}\neq 1$. Where do I need them to be units below? ...
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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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relation between $p$-adic numbers and congruence relations modulo p

Set $p$ prime. Take $f_1, f_2 \in \mathbb{Z}$ with $f_1 f_2$ square free and $p \nmid f_1, f_2$ and $\alpha \in \mathbb{Q}_p$ such that $|\alpha|_p = 1$ (i.e. $\alpha$ is a $p$-adic unit). Show that ...
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What is the p-adic valuation of elements of $\mathbb{Q}_p$ not in $\mathbb{Q}$.

In Cassels book "Lectures on Elliptic Curves", he defines the $p$-adic integers as: $\quad \mathbb{Z}_p = \{\alpha \in \mathbb{Q}_p \mid |\alpha|_p \leq 1\}$ He latter states that the $p$-adic ...
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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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$2$-adic inverse of $3$

Performing long division, I calculated the $2$-adic inverse of $3$ to be $$1-2+4-8+...$$ Then I noticed that I could get the same result in a more sleek way by noting that $$\frac 1 3 = \frac ...
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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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What does root of unity in $\mathbb{Z}_p$ look like?

Let $p$ be an odd prime. Then by Hensel's lemma it's clear that $\mathbb{Z}_p $ contains all $p-1$th root of unity which reduces to $1$, $2$, ... , $p-1$ in $\mathbb{F}_p$. My question is do we know ...
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What is $e, \pi, \ln 2,…$ etc in p adic?

What is $e, \pi, \ln 2,...$ etc in p adic? And how to flip digits of decimal points? Does p-adic have their own constants? 10 adic base.
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Open problems involving p-adic numbers

I am in my final year of my undergraduate degree, and I'm doing a project on p-adic numbers, and in particular, trying to find Galois groups of simple extensions of $\mathbb{Q}_p$ (this is a Galois ...
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$p$-part of cyclotomic character

Let $K$ be a number field, $\bar K$ a separable closure and $p$ a rational prime and assume that $p \not= char(K)$. Consider the extension $$K(\mu_{p^\infty}) \mid K$$ which is obtained by adjoining ...
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Number of field extensions of $\mathbb{Q}_p$

If I know the index $(\mathbb{Q}_p^{\times} : (\mathbb{Q}_p^{\times})^n)$ for some $n \in \mathbb{N}$, is it possible to know how many field extensions of $\mathbb{Q}_p$ of degree $n$ there are? This ...
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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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The unramified quadratic extension of $\mathbb{Q}_2$

I know that there are $7$ field extensions of $\mathbb{Q}_2$ of degree $2$ (this follows from Hensel's lemma) and I think these are $$\mathbb{Q}_2(\sqrt{2}), \mathbb{Q}_2(\sqrt{3}), ...
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Equivalent Hensel's lemma?

Let $K$ be a complete field with nonarchimedian valuation $|\cdot|$ and $\mathcal{O}_K := \{x \in K: \; |x| \le 1\}$, $\mathfrak{m} := \{x \in K: \; |x| < 1\}$. I have seen two statements that do ...
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Every finite Galois extension of $\mathbb{Q}_p$ has a solvable Galois group.

I have found the statement as in the title of this post on wikipedia, however, there is no reference for its proof. How does one prove it?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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$\mathbb{Q}_p\otimes_{\mathbb{Q}} \mathbb{Q}_q$ and $\mathbb{Z}_p\otimes_{\mathbb{Z}} \mathbb{Z}_q$

Let $p, q$ be prime numbers which may or may not be distinct. Let $\mathbb{Q}_p$ be the field of $p$-adic numbers. Let $\mathbb{Z}_p$ be the ring of $p$-adic integers. We define similarly ...
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GL$_2(\mathbb{Q}) Z_{\mathbb{R}}$ closed in GL$_2(\mathbb{A})$?

I am struggling with the following subgroups of GL$_2(\mathbb{A})$ where $\mathbb{A}$ is (the topological ring of) Adeles over $\mathbb{Q}$: $$G_\mathbb{Q} := \iota(\text{GL}_2(\mathbb{Q})) $$ where ...
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Let $p \equiv 2 \mod{3}$. For any $a \in Z$ such that $ p \nmid a$ , show that there exists $x \in \mathbb{Z}_p$ with $x^3 = a$.

Let $p \equiv 2 \mod{3}$. For any $a \in Z$ such that $ p \nmid a$ , show that there exists $x \in \mathbb{Z}_p$ with $x^3 = a$. I've tried using Hensel's lemma and the fact that if $p \equiv 2 ...
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Show that the curve $2Y^2 = X^4-17$ has points in every $\mathbb{Q}_p$

I've been asked to show that the curve $2Y^2 = X^4-17$ has points in every $\mathbb{Q}_p$ - I've managed to show that it is birationally equivalent to the curve $Y^2 = 2X^4 - 34$ (as suggested in the ...