An Introduction to Number Theory (Graduate Texts in by G. Everest, Thomas Ward

By G. Everest, Thomas Ward

Contains updated fabric on contemporary advancements and issues of vital curiosity, equivalent to elliptic features and the hot primality attempt Selects fabric from either the algebraic and analytic disciplines, featuring a number of various proofs of a unmarried consequence to demonstrate the differing viewpoints and provides strong perception

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We claim that rn is the greatest common divisor of a and b. 21. Let a = 17 and b = 11. Then the Euclidean Algorithm gives the equations 17 = 11 · 1 + 6, 11 = 6 · 1 + 5, 6 = 5 · 1 + 1, 5 = 1 · 5 + 0. The last nonzero remainder is the greatest common divisor of 17 and 11, which is clearly 1. To prove that rn = gcd(a, b), we need a better notion of greatest common divisor than the intuitive one. 22. If a and b in Z are not both zero, d is said to be a greatest common divisor of a and b if (1) d a and d b; and (2) if d is any number with d a and d b, then d d.

Work in the group G = (Z/pZ)∗ of nonzero residues modulo p under multiplication. The residue of a generates a cyclic subgroup of G whose order must divide that of G by Lagrange’s Theorem. 21). This proof is something of an anachronism: Lagrange’s Theorem generalized Fermat’s Little Theorem. However, thinking of residues using group theory is a powerful tool and gives rise to many more results, so it is useful to begin thinking in those terms now. 6 on p. 62 gives a good example where a proof using group theory can be favourably compared with a proof that only uses congruences.

D) What can you deduce if n has three distinct prime divisors? Zsigmondy’s Theorem holds in greater generality, though we will not prove the following result here. 16. [Zsigmondy] Let an = cn − dn , where c > d are positive coprime integers. Then an always has a primitive divisor unless (1) c = 2, d = 1 and n = 6; or (2) c + d = 2k and n = 2. 17. Find some nontrivial examples of case (2) of the theorem. 19 on p. 169. 18. Prove that the sequence (un ) does not satisfy a Zsigmondy Theorem in each of the following cases.

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