I'm trying to prove that all integer solutions $a > b \ge 0$ to the divisibility condition in the title, namely $$(a^2+b^2+1) \mid 2(2ab+1),$$ are given by $$(a,b)=(1,0),(4,1),(15,4),(56,15),(209,56),\dots$$ where $a_n$ is in http://oeis.org/A001353, and $b_{n+1}=a_n$. This sequence is related to the Pell equation $x^2-3y^2=1$, in that the sequence $0,1,4,15,56,\dots$ give the $y$ values in the solutions $(x,y)$.

Related MSE posts of possible interest include Proving there are an infinite number of pairs of positive integers $(m,n)$ such that $\frac{m+1}{n}+\frac{n+1}{m}$ is a positive integer and Conjecture on integer solutions to the equation $ (ab + 1) \mid (a^{2}+b^{2})$. Vieta jumping doesn't seem to apply (since it's best used to derive a contradiction, or prove a constant value). Any help/pointers would be appreciated.


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At a quick glance, Vieta jumping still applies. Note that your consecutive solution pairs share a common term e.g. $(1,4) \rightarrow (4, 15) $. This strongly hints that we do apply Vieta's, and in fact the standard Vieta's jumping argument leads to your conclusion.

For $ a > b \geq 0$, we have $ a^2 + b^2 + 1 > 2ab + 1$. Hence, $ \frac{ 2(2ab+1) } { a^2 + b^2 + 1} < 2 $, which tells us that divisibility is satisfied only when

$$ a^2 + b^2 + 1 = 2 (2ab+1). $$

Now, observe that if $(a,b)$ is a solution, then by Vieta's jumping, so is $(4a-b, b)$ and $(b, 4b-a)$.

You can verify that this leads to the same solution set of Pell's equation, because they both satisfy the same underlying recurrence of consecutive terms, namely $ y_{n+2} = 4 y_{n+1} - y_n$.


Your link does not like me. Solutions for hard to find such equations. So easy.

the equation: $\frac{m+1}{n}+\frac{n+1}{m}=a$

Can be solved using the equation Pell:


Solutions have the form:



Solutions have the form:



If there is a solution of the following equation Pell: $p^2-(a^2-4)s^2=4$

We use its solutions and the formula is:



For your case.

To solve the equation in general form: $\frac{X^2+aX+Y^2+bY+c}{XY}=j$

In the case where a square:


We use the solutions of Pell's equation:


Solutions can be written.



It must be remembered that the numbers $p,s$ may be any mark.


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