# Fermat Last Theorem for non Integer Exponents

We now that Fermat's last theorem is true so there are not positive integer solutions to $$x^n+y^n=z^n$$ for $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and $n>2$.

But what about if $n\in\mathbb{R}$ or $n\in\mathbb{R}^+$?

• You may find this useful: Fermat’s Last Theorem for Fractional and Irrational Exponents, College Math. J. 41 (2010), 182-185
– user940
Commented May 18, 2013 at 0:32
• – user940
Commented May 18, 2013 at 0:33
• Didn't Wiles et. al. solve this in the n∈R domain ? Commented Mar 24, 2018 at 23:45

Suppose $z> \max(x,y)$ then $x^0+y^0 = 2 > z^0$ but there exists some $N$ such that $x^N+y^N<z^N$. Therefore there exists some $n\in[0,N]$ satisfying $x^n+y^n=z^n$.

• You can generalise this to show that the set of real n for which there exist integers $x, y, z$ with $x^n + y^n = z^n$ is dense in $[0,\infty)$. Commented May 17, 2013 at 18:51

Take $x=4, y=9$ and $n = 0.5$. You can solve to get $z = 25$. So this works!

• Could you give some insights on how did you find that solution? Commented May 17, 2013 at 14:52
• Use any perfect square for x and y if n=0.5 And so you can also use any perfect cube for x and y if you pick n = 1/3, for example x = 27, y = 64, you find z = 343 Commented May 17, 2013 at 15:00
• Do you have an example for n rational and > 2?
– Foon
Commented May 17, 2013 at 16:39
• No, I don't unfortunately Commented May 17, 2013 at 17:07
• @MarcusAnderson your proof is wrong, and the answer has been deleted. This is because FLT only seeks solutions to $x^n+y^n=z^n$ when $x,y,z\in\mathbb Z$ for $n\in\mathbb Z^+$ and $n\geq3$, and no "constraints" of the type you mention exist. Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 9:20

$1782^n + 1841^n = 1922^n$ with $n \approx 11.999999995097161$

• Yes. Now I realized I can solve this even with my TI-Nspire; $solve(1782^x+1841^x=1922^x,x)$. Commented May 18, 2013 at 7:15
• Dan, how is this possible? I thought there were not supposed to be integer solutions with n greater than 2? Isn't that what Fermat is about? I typed it in my calculator and it comes out evenly, is my TI rounding or something? Commented May 18, 2013 at 16:52
• Ah, there is rounding, never mind. 1782^12 is even, 1841^12 is odd, but 1922^12 is even. Wiles is indeed a clever man... Commented May 18, 2013 at 17:05
• @imranfat: It's possible because the exponent is a non-integer. It just happens to be really close to one.
– Dan
Commented May 18, 2013 at 22:45