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A Guide to Elementary Number Theory by Underwood Dudley

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By Underwood Dudley

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Mod m/: d The three lemmas combine to provide a proof. a; m/ D 1 may be found by trial (one of 1; 2; : : : ; m 1 must satisfy the congruence) or by the exercise of more or less ingenuity. mod 13/: The original congruence has exactly one solution: x D 7 does not work but x D 20 does. So we do not need to check x D 33. ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ “master” — 2010/12/8 — 17:38 — page 20 — #30 ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ “master” — 2010/12/8 — 17:38 — page 21 — #31 ✐ ✐ CHAPTER 6 The Chinese Remainder Theorem Some ancient Chinese manuscripts posed the problem of determining an integer given its remainders on division by other integers, whence the name of the theorem.

Mod p/. p 1/=2 D 2k is even and so . mod p/. Because the value of . 1 = p/ is ˙1, . 1 = p/ D 1. p 1/=2 D 1 C 2j is odd and so . mod p/. Because the value of . 1 = p/ is ˙1, . 1 = p/ D 1. If we wanted to be picturesque, we could say that i exists modulo p (that is, 1 has a square root) for p D 5, 13, 17, 29, . . a = p/ without having to calculate powers (mod p). First we need some properties of the Legendre symbol. b = p/. a2 = p/ D 1. b = p/.

Regardless of their name, perfect numbers are of mathematical interest. 2k 1/ is perfect. n/ D 2n. 2k 1/. 2k 1/ C 1 D 2k . s/. 2 1/ 2 k 1/ k D 2n; so n is perfect. 35 ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ “master” — 2010/12/8 — 17:38 — page 36 — #46 ✐ ✐ 36 A Guide to Elementary Number Theory The first few perfect numbers, corresponding to k D 2, 3, 5, 7, and 13, are 6, 28, 496, 8128, and 33550336. Euler showed that the numbers of the theorem are the only even perfect numbers: Theorem If n is an even perfect number, then n D 2p and 2p 1 are primes.

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