I was asked to prove the following using the lifting the exponent lemma.
Show that $a^n-b^n$ has a prime factor which does not divide $a-b$ for all $n>1$ .
Using the first lemma, what I got was this:
if $p$ is any prime greater than $2$, then we have
$V_p(a^n-b^n)= V_p(a-b) + V_p(n)$
where $V_p(x)$ is the highest power of $p$ that divides $x$ and $p|a-b$ but does not divide a or b.
I don't know how to approach this and would welcome some hints.