# Math 346/646 - Homework 1 Assigned: 8/27.

```Math 346/646 - Homework 1
Assigned: 8/27.
Due: 9/3 at the start of class.
Notation: Exercise a.b stands for exercise b in Chapter a of Silverman and Tate. Note that the
exercises are all together at the end of the chapter. A problem marked with a ∗ is a challenge
problem.
Problems:
1. Turn in the questionnaire (posted on the class diary) to Jeremy’s office sometime before
class on Wednesday.
2. (a) Show that the only integer solutions to w2 = x2 − x + 1 are those with x = 0 and x = 1.
(Hint: Write the equation as 4w2 − (4x2 − 4x + 1) = 3.)
(b) Find, with proof, all integer solutions to the equation y 2 = x3 − x2 + x.
3. ∗ Prove that there are infinitely many integer solutions to x2 − 5y 2 = 1. Here are the first
few solutions:
x
y
1
0
9
&plusmn;4
161
&plusmn;72
2889
&plusmn;1292
51841 &plusmn;23184
930249 &plusmn;416020
Based on these examples, try to figure out how to generate the next solution from the previous
one, and use induction to prove that there are infinitely many.
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