View Single Post
Old 2004-05-02, 14:29   #2
Mar 2004

1D16 Posts

Originally Posted by math
a homogeneous polynomial in 2 variables x,y, of degree 2, say, f(x,y)=ax^2+bxy+cy^2 with a,b,c, all integers is called a quadratic form over the integers. the discriminant of the above quadratic form is d=b^2-4ac. a change of variables u,v, is x=αu+βv, y=λu+δv, α, β, λ, δ are all integers, αδ-βλ= ±1. thus you get g(u,v)=f(x,y)=f(αu+βv, λu+δv).

--->show that if f(x,y) is a quadratic form with positive discriminant, then the equation f(x,y)=n may have infinitely many solutions by exhibiting an example.

isn't this also what is called an ellyptic curve?
juergen is offline   Reply With Quote