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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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Can anyone help me to find the proof that the only whole number solution for alpha as in the equation below is 1. Otherwise please find any other solutions (counter-examples)

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

n = 0 and a = 0 is also a solution.

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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Hi bobbym, I am looking for other than the trivial solutions.

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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But it is a counter example that alpha can be a whole number other than 1.

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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Ok:) Can someone get a counter examples for other than 0 and 1. I am looking for a proof, I think there shouldn't be any solution other than 0 or 1 but stumble upon finding the proof.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Those are the only solutions, I think. The demonstration of that is done with moduli.

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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I think the equation could be factorized as follows:

For even n:

and other than alpha=0 or 1, the equation below holds.

Just need to find the proof.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Here is the skeleton of the idea:

is only a whole number when n is even.

This is easy to prove because when n is even it can be written in this form,

where n =1,2,3,... Then

Now when 2^n-1 is congruent to 1 mod 3 then 2^n+1 is divisible by 3. It can not be anything else but congruent to 1 or 0 mod 3 and we are done.

For the part when n is odd, I am stuck.

When n is even then the LHS of 1) is congruent to 5 mod 8. All squares are either 0,1 or 4 congruent to mod 8 so there are no solutions.

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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Thanks bobbym but can you get the proof in the mathematical symbols, it would be a great help. I need this part for my Fermat's last theorem proof for n=3. I am using my sums of power formulation and exhaustive method to find an alternative proof (simple one) until I stumble upon this part.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

If you just need Fermats for n = 3 why not just look up Euler's proof for n = 3?

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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hi bobbym

I know there exist the proof for n=3 but I am working for a simple and short proof and this proof is not the same like the way the proof for n=3 done by Euler etc. I have reduced the fermat's last theorem into polynomials using my sums of power formulation and I am trying to work it out for smaller power and later on the generalize proof for all n.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I only have a partial proof of that idea in post #8. Check the post. I am stuck on the last part. I will continue with it when I get back or maybe someone else can get it.

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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Hi bobbym, thanks for the even one. I am not sure my method is ok or not, lets say,

for odd n

then

Since n=odd,

can never be a perfect square.*Last edited by Stangerzv (2014-05-18 22:22:20)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I have not been able to work the odd case so I am not being critical but I do not see how your last post proves it.

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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Hi bobbym

Okay, I have edited it. This is what happened if you play around with the infinity. I am always skeptic with it, but seeing Ramanujan and Euler played with it and made remarkable things. Maybe I can also using it

too.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

That looks okay, it is obvious the 2^n/3 is not an integer and therefore not a square of an integer.

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Hi cmowla

You cannot really use derivatives like that.

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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Another problem is to find the proof that the only whole number solution for alpha is 1 when n=1 for the following equation:

Otherwise please find the counter-examples.

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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You have to state the question better, maybe like nontrivial solutions only.

alpha = 0, n = 0

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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Ok..find the non-trivial solutions (i.e. n, alpha=1). I need to find the proof because I am sure there is no other solution exist. Any help?

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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So far I managed to get through up to this stage:

For divisibility by 3, let n=3x-2, then

Therefore,

Trivial solution is x=1 and alpha=1

There should be no other whole number solution other than the trivial solution.

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**cmowla****Member**- Registered: 2012-06-14
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*Last edited by cmowla (2014-05-24 19:50:24)*

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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n=0 is not a trivial because when n=0,

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**cmowla****Member**- Registered: 2012-06-14
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Stangerzv wrote:

n=0 is not a trivial because when n=0,

Okay, but besides my misuse of terminology, you can still use what I wrote. Any comment (or "thank you") for the rest of what I wrote?

BTW, I don't know why you put this thread in the "This is Cool" sub-forum. It should have been placed in the "Help Me!" sub-forum.

*Last edited by cmowla (2014-05-24 21:34:34)*

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**Stangerzv****Member**- Registered: 2012-01-30
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Hi cmowla

This is part of new way to find an alternative proof for Fermat's Last Theorem, I have stumbled at this part for power n=3.

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