Homework 10

This assignment is due by the beginning of class on Monday, April 27th. Be sure to review the homework guidelines before getting started.

  • Given a primitive Pythagorean triple, x, y, and z, prove that the hypotenuse z is congruent to 1 mod 4.
  • Find all sibling triples for hypotenuse of 85 using the Fibonacci Identity. Be sure to include the number of sibling triples in your answer.
  • The first few Germain primes are $2, 3, 5, 11, 23$ . Find the next two.
  • Find a Germain prime p so that $2p+1 \nmid 2^p-1$. Does this contradict the theorem stated in class?
  • Fermat's Last Theorem states that the equation $a^n + b^n = c^n$ has no positive integral solutions a,b,c with $n > 2$. Prove the special case: $p^3 = x^3 + y^3$ has no solutions in positive integers x,y and p is prime.
  • Express $\frac{120}{43}$ as a finite simple continued fraction.
  • What number is $[\overline{1,2}]$?
  • Compute the first 5 convergents of $[\overline{1,2}]$. Find the best rational approximation to $[\overline{1,2}]$ with denominator at most 30.
  • Can you give a proof that Goldbach's (strong) conjecture implies Levy's (medium) conjecture? If so, do it. If not, why not?
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