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TopNewestExtra Participation Problem Set 3: #3Let $m=\dfrac{4^p-1}{3}$, where $p$ is a prime number exceeding $3$. Prove that $2^{m-1}$ has remainder $1$ when divided by $m$.

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Svatejas's problem is still unsolved.... May be we should discuss about it in next season...

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Yes, I think it's better

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I think I have found something. First we can notice that $m-1$ is always divisible by a certain $k$ which is 2 times $p$. Then the ${ord}_m(2)$ is k so $2^{k×h} \equiv 1 \pmod m$. Being $m-1$divisible by $k$ $2^{m-1}$ will be $\equiv 1 \pmod m$.

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First I thought if we prove m is prime then this problem gets proved but that was wrong...later I tried something to do with parity of m ' then rearrangements of congruences etc....but still not able to get the key operation :( have you gotanything else ?

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$2p$ and that $2p$ is also the $ord_m(2)$

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$ord_m(2)$ is 2p

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Extra Participation Problem Set 3: #2In how many ways can $50!$ be written as the sum of 2 or more consecutive numbers?

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We should have $50!=nx+\dfrac{n(n-1)}{2}$ where $n>2$ is the number of consecutive numbers and $x$ is the first number.

So $\dfrac{2 \times 50!+n(1-n)}{2n}=x$ so $n|50!$ and $2|1-n$.

So we have to find the number of odd numbers that divides $50!$

The prime(except 2) factorization of $50!$ is $3^{22} \times 5^{12} \times 7^8 \times 11^4 \times 13^3 \times 17^2 \times 19^2 \times 23^2 \times 29 \times 31 \times 37 \times 41 \times 43 \times 47$

So the number of odd numbers that divides $50!$ is $23 \times 13 \times 9 \times 5 \times 4 \times 3 \times 3 \times 3 \times 2 \times 2 \times 2 \times 2 \times 2 \times 2=\boxed{93000960}$

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Set 2 - Problem 5. Did we finish that set?

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Extra Participation Problem Set - 3 - #1Find the smallest value of $n$ such that the arithmetic mean of the sequence $1^2,2^2,\ldots,n^2$ is itself a perfect square.

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Using the Sum of Squares formula, we have

$\begin{aligned} \dfrac {n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6n} &= k^2\\ 2n^2+3n+1 &= 6k^2\\ n &= \dfrac {-3 \pm \sqrt{9 + 48k^2 - 8}}{2}\\ n &= \dfrac {-3 \pm \sqrt{48k^2+1}}{2}\\ \end{aligned}$

We need to find the smallest value of $k$ such that $48k^2 + 1$ is a perfect square, an $k > 1$. This is just a Pell's equation, which has solutions for

$48k^2 + 1 = x^2$

as

$(x, k) = (7, 1), (97, 14), (1351, 195), \ldots$

The second solution gives fractional $n$ and the third solution gives $n=337$. Thus, $n=337$ is the smallest solution $> 1$.

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I've already done this exercise on brilliant. The answer is $337$ if I remember well.

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Problem 8Let $a$, $b$, $x$ and $y$ be positive integers, with $x>1$. Prove that if $a^x + b^x = 2^y$, then $a=b$.

This question is based off AMO 2016 Q6, but a more general form.

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Let $a \ge b$, then we have $a^x \ge b^x$ or $a^x+b^x \ge 2b^x$

This means $2^{y-1} \ge b^x$

Now consider $b \ge a$ then we have $b^x \ge a^x$ or $2b^x \ge a^x+b^x$

This means $b^x \ge 2^{y-1}$

Therefore $b^{x} = 2^{y-1}$

Similarly we can prove $a^x=2^{y-1}$.

Hence we have $a^x=b^x \Longrightarrow a=b$

How much will I get @Sharky Kesa

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You have proven the converse of the problem statement. In the first case, you have proven $2^{y-1} \geq b^x$ if $a \geq b$. In the second case, you have proven $2^{y-1} \leq b^x$ if $a \leq b$. From this, you are saying that if $a=b$, then $b^x = 2^{y-1}$. Similarly, you are saying that $a^x = 2^{y-1}$, from which you get $a^x + b^x = 2^y$ if $a=b$ (This is incorrect of course). In any case, you are trying to prove the converse of the problem statement.

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Extra Participation Problem Set - 2 - #4Prove that if $x^2 \equiv a \pmod p$ with $p$ prime and $>3$ there are only 2 solutions which are $s+r=p$.

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I assume we also have $0 < x < p$? Otherwise, your statement is incorrect.

We will prove that if $x^2 \equiv a \pmod{p}$, then $(p-x)^2 \equiv a \pmod{p}$ (By proving this, we get that the sum of the two values is $p$.

Let $x^2 \equiv a \pmod{p}$. We have

$\begin{aligned} (p-x)^2 &\equiv p^2 - 2px + x^2 &\pmod{p}\\ &\equiv x^2 &\pmod{p}\\ &\equiv a &\pmod{p} \end{aligned}$

Thus, we have that if there are 2 solutions, then their sum is indeed $p$ and the two solutions are $s=x$ and $r=p-x$. We will now prove that there are only 2 solutions. Let $t^2 \equiv a \pmod{p}$ where $t \neq x, p-x$ and $0 < t < p$. We have

$\begin{aligned} t^2 &\equiv a \pmod{p}\\ x^2 - t^2 &\equiv 0 \pmod{p}\\ (x-t)(x+t) &\equiv 0 \pmod{p} \end{aligned}$

Thus, either $p \mid x-t$ or $p \mid x+t$. If $p \mid x-t$ and $0 < x,t < p$, we have that $x-t = 0$, which implies $x=t$, which contradicts our first statement that $t \neq x$. If $p \mid x+t$ and $0 < x,t < p$, we have that $x+t = p$, which implies $t = p-x$, which contradicts our first statement that $t \neq p-x$. Thus, no such $t$ exists.

We have proven there exist only 2 values for $x$ such that $x^2 \equiv a \pmod{p}$, and that the sum of these two values is $p$.

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Yes, it's exactly my proof. Obviously seen that the 2 solutions are $s+r=p$ they are less than $p$.

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What is s and r and what are we supposed to solve?

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You have to prove that for each $a$ there are only 2 solutions which are $s+r=p$. It is a quadratic residue so for some a and p there could be no solutions but we are assuming that there are solutions. Ex. $3^2 \equiv 4 \pmod 5$ and $2^2 \equiv 4 \pmod 5$ so $3+2=5$.

So why the solutions are $r$ and $s=p-r$ and prove that there are only this 2 solutions.

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Extra Participation Problem Set - 2 - #3Let $n$ be an integer greater than $6$. Prove that if $n-1$ and $n+1$ are both prime then $n^2(n^2+16)$ is divisible by $720$.

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Being all the primes $>5$ ends with 1,3,7 or 9 $n$ will end with $0, 8$ or $2$ because it must be in the middle of two primes. So $2|n$and $3|n$* for all $n$ means that $2^2|n^2$and $3^2|n^2$. But seen that n is either 5k (if it ends with 0) or it is $\equiv 2, 8 \pmod{10}$ $n^2$ will be either 5k or $\equiv 4 \pmod{10}$. So adding 16 will make $n^2 \equiv 0 \pmod {10}$ and so $5|n$ or in the case of $n=5k$ it is already $\equiv 0 \pmod {10}$. $720=2^4×3^2×5$ so $n^2(n^2+16)$ can be divided in 2 cases:

1) if $n^2=2^2×3^2×5×?$ and $(n^2+16)=2^2×? => n^2(n^2+16) = 2^4×3^2×5×?$ and so it is divisible by 720.

2) if $n^2=2^2×3^2×?$ and $(n^2+16)=2^2×5×? => n^2(n^2+16) = 2^4×3^2×5×?$ and so it is divisible by 720.

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Correct! Here is my approach

Any prime number>3 is of the form $1,5 \pmod6$. Thus $n$ is divisible by $6$ take $n$ as $6m$.

Thus it suffices to prove that $m^2(9m^2+4)$ is divisible by $5$.

We eliminate the case $m \equiv 1,4 \pmod 5$ because then $n-1$ and $n+1$ will be divisible by $5$ respectively(so it won't be prime then).

Checking the cases $m \equiv 0,2,3 \pmod5$ we see that each of the cases satisfies.

Hence proved.

Bonus: Take $n=1440$ the expression is divisible by $720$ but $1441$ is not prime $(11 \times 131)$

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$n=258$ makes the expression dibisible by $720$ but $259$ is not prime. If $n$ is divisible by 6 and it ends with 8 , 4 or 0 the expression is satisfied also if $(n + 1)$ or $(n - 1)$ are not prime.

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Problem 7Which positive integers can be written in the form

$x^2 + y^2 - z^2$

for positive integers $1 \leq x < y < z$?

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My solution:

I want to prove that all positive integers can be expressed in this form by giving a construction. Let $m$ be the positive integer which is expressed in this form. We have

$\begin{aligned} x^2 + y^2 - z^2 &= m\\ x^2-m&=(z+y)(z-y) \end{aligned}$

Let $z-y=1$. We then must have $z+y=x^2-m$. Solving this pair of linear equations, we get $y=\dfrac{x^2-m-1}{2}$ and $z=\dfrac {x^2-m+1}{2}$. We now want both numerators to be even for all values of $m$ by finding a suitable expression for $x$ in terms of $m$. If we let $x=m+k$ (for some odd number $k$), this would satisfy the numerators being even for all values of $x$. However, we must also satisfy that $1 \leq x < y < z$. However, we already have $y < z$. Let us substitute this expression to find a bound for $k$.

$\begin{aligned} x &< y\\ m+k &< \dfrac{(m + k)^2-k-1}{2}\\ 2m+2k &< m^2+2km+k^2-k-1\\ 2m &< m^2 + 2km + k^2 - 3k - 1 \end{aligned}$

Notice how we want to keep $k^2 - 3k - 1$ positive? Thus, we must have $k > 3$. The smallest odd value that satisfies is $k=5$. We can use this for our construction. Thus, our construction is

$\begin{aligned} x &= m+5\\ y &= \dfrac {m^2 + 9m + 24}{2}\\ z &= \dfrac {m^2 + 9m + 26}{2} \end{aligned}$

Verifying, we get

$\begin{aligned} x^2 + y^2 - z^2 &= m\\ (m+5)^2 + \dfrac{(m^2 + 9m+24)^2}{4} - \dfrac{(m^2+9m+26)^2}{4} &= m\\ m^2 + 10m+25 - (m^2 + 9m + 25) &= m\\ m &= m \end{aligned}$

Thus, our construction is finished and we have proved that all positive integer can be formed using this construction.

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Please post the solution.

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The positive integers that can be written in the form $x^2 + y^2 - z^2$ are those that satisfies this progression

$x_{n}= x_{n-1}+ 7 + 2(n-1)\\ x_{0}=5\\$

So if $a=(n+1)(n+5)$ $a$ can be written in the form $x^2 + y^2 - z^2$

However probably there are also other numbers, but there are infinite numbers.

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Exactly same approach I had in my mind...Nice solution ...:) :)

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This is not a complete solution, but a good try. Try again, you are close to the answer.

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$x^2 + y^2 - z^2$ also infinite numbers can be generated. And generalizing$a=(n+1)(n+5)$ I wrote $a=n(n+α)$ where $α>-n$. With this every positive number can be generated. Now I'm not sure of this generalization, but at the moment is the only explaination I can find.

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Alternate Solution to Problem 5:Recursion was my strategy.

Let $S(N) = \sum\limits_{q = 1}^{n} d_{2q -1}\cdot d_{2q}$ where $N$ and $d_i$ are as defined.

Let $f(n)$ denote the number of ways we can find a suitable N of $2n$ digits, that satisfies $S(N) \equiv 0 \text{ mod } 2$.

We need to find a recurrence for $f(n)$.

Now consider $N_0$, which is a number with $2n - 2$ digits.

Now, if $N_0$ has $S(N)$ even, then we need to find $d_{2n - 1}, d_{2n}$ such that their product is even.

Note that the number of $N_0$ here is $f(n - 1)$.

The number of ways to find such $d_{2n - 1}, d_{2n}$ is $f(1) = 56$, by simple casework.

If $N_0$ has $S(N)$ odd, then we need to find $d_{2n - 1}, d_{2n}$such that their product is odd.

The number of the number of $N_0$ here is all the $N_0$ not counted in the case above.

As there are $9^{2n - 2}$ possible numbers totally, and each number must fall in either of these categories, there are $9^{2n - 2} - f(n - 1)$ such $N_0$ here.

The number of ways to find such $d_{2n - 1}, d_{2n}$ is $9^2 - f(1) = 25$.

Then, $f(n) = 56\cdot f(n - 1) + 25 \cdot(9^{2n - 2} - f(n - 1))$ for $n > 1$, and $f(1) = 56$

$\Rightarrow f(n) = 31 \cdot f(n - 1) + 25 \cdot 9^{2n - 2}$

With some juggling,

$f(n) = 31 \cdot f(n - 1) + \dfrac{81^n - 31\cdot 81^{n - 1}}{2}$

Noticing that, $f(1) = 56 = \dfrac{81 + 31}{2}$,

We are motivated to try, $f(n) = \dfrac{81^n + 31^n}{2}$ which satisfies the recurrence as well.

$\therefore f(n) = \dfrac{81^n + 31^n}{2}$

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Extra Participation Problem -Set 2: #2Are $n^5+5$ and $(n+1)^5+5$ coprime for all positive integers $n$? If not, find all values of $n$ for which this is not true.

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Here is my long, sort of bashy solution:

Suppose that $d$ is a common factor of $n^5+5$ and $(n+1)^5+5$. Thus, we have the following:

$\begin{aligned} d & \mid (n+1)^5+5 - (n^5+5) = 5n^4 + 10n^3 + 10n^2 + 5n + 1\\ \Rightarrow d & \mid (5(n^5 + 5) - (n - 2)(5n^4 + 10n^3 + 10n^2 + 5n + 1) = 10n^3 + 15n^2 + 9n + 27\\ \Rightarrow d & \mid 4(5n^4 + 10n^3 + 10n^2 + 5n + 1) - (2n-1)(10n^3 + 15n^2 + 9n + 27) = 7n^2-43n-23\\ \Rightarrow d & \mid 98(10n^3 + 15n^2 + 9n + 27) - (140n + 1070)(7n^2-43n-23) = 50112n + 27256\\ \Rightarrow d & \mid 1569507840(7n^2 - 43n - 23) - (219240n - 1466005)(50112n + 27256) = 3858751960\\ \Rightarrow d & \mid 3858751960 \end{aligned}$

The prime factorisation of 3858751960 is $2^3 \cdot 5 \cdot 7 \cdot 1968751$ (you can check the last term is a prime though any means of primality checking).

Since $n^5+5$ and $(n+1)^5+5$ are alternatively odd and even, $2$ cannot be their common factor. Also, by FLT, since $n^5 \equiv n \pmod{5}$, $d$ cannot be equal to 5. By inspection, it can be seen that $n^5$ is not congruent to $(n+1)^5+5$ in $\pmod{7}$. Thus, $d=1$ or $d=1968751$.

We will now find when the $\gcd(n^5+5, (n+1)^5 + 5) > 1$.

Note from above that $d$ must be a common divisor of both $50112n + 27256$ and 1968751. Since 1968751 is a prime, if we have $50112n + 27256 \not \equiv 0 \pmod{1968751}$, we must then have that $d=1$.

Thus, we have $50112n \equiv 1941495 \pmod{1968751}$. We can solve this by finding the modular inverse of 50112. Since 50112 has small factors, we needn't apply Euclid's algorithm. We instead use inspection to find the inverse.

$50112 = 2^6 \cdot 3^3 \cdot 29$. We will now check the value of each factor's inverse in $\pmod{1968751}$.

$\begin{aligned} 2 \times 984376 &= 1968751 + 1\\ \Rightarrow 2^{-1} &\equiv 984376 \pmod{1968751}\\ \Rightarrow 2^{-3} &\equiv 984376 \div 4 =246094 \pmod{1968751}\\ \Rightarrow 2^{-6} &\equiv 246094^2 \equiv 1507325 \pmod{1968751} \end{aligned}$

Similarly, $3^{-3} \equiv 1239584 \pmod{1968751}$ and $29^{-1} \equiv 67888$. Thus, the modular inverse of 50112 is

$50112^{-1} \equiv 2^{-6} \cdot 3^{-3} \cdot 29^{-1} \equiv 1507325 \times 1239584 \times 67888 \equiv 1731811 \pmod{1968751}$

Thus, we have

$\begin{aligned}50112n &\equiv 1941495 \pmod{1968751}\\ n &\equiv 194195 \times 1731811 \equiv 533360 \pmod{1968751} \end{aligned}$

Therefore, when $n \equiv 533360 \pmod{1968751}$, $n^5+5$ and $(n+1)^5+5$ are not coprime.

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This problem seems difficult than it looks... I have done half of the proof , just trll me no casework is required isnt it ? At first I tried to provethat by a little Modular Arith. but I am getting stuck in between...I am missing something basic...btw sharky you can arite the solution for shivams problem...This problem has made me crazy...@Sharky Kesa

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I didn't use casework in my solution, mainly just divisibility and congruences. Also, because no one has yet given a solution, I will say that there are values of $n$ such that $\gcd(n^5 + 5, (n+1)^5 + 5) > 1$. @Chinmay Sangawadekar @Alex Spagnoletti

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$d \mid a$ and $d \mid b$, then $d \mid (ax+by)$).

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Solution of problem "extra partecipation problem -set 2: #2"$n^5 + 5$ and $(n+1)^5 + 5$ have no common divisors because seen that $n^5$ and $(n+1)^5$ are coprime for all positive integers $n$ if we add 5 to both they will remain coprime.Log in to reply

This is not a correct solution. Just because two numbers are coprime doesnt mean that a constant added to both numbers will keep them both coprime.

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@Sharky Kesa It is not true for all numbers. But for $n$ and $n+1$ this is true. For example an even number can't be the gcd because they are one even and one odd. A 3k number can't be the gcd because if n is a 3k number 3k + 5 is not a 3k number and n and n+1 can be either one 3k and the other 3k+1( or 3k-1) or they can be both non 3k numbers. In this case adding 5 will make one 3k and the other not. For 5k numbers it's easy to see that if n is 5k, n+5 is also 5k but n+1 is not 5k and so it can't be the gcd. So it's the same for the other numbers and naturally this is the same with $n^5$ and $(n+1)^5$ seen that they are just n and (n+1) 5 times. We can also think to prove this absurdly. If n+5 and (n+1)+5 are not coprime this means that $gcd|n+5$ and $gcd|n+6$ but there is no number > 1 that can divide both a number and that number + 1 I think that this reasoning has no mistakes, but if I have made any mistakes please tell me because I can't find them.

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@Sharky Kesa It's right. But $n^5$ and $( n+1)^5$ are divisibile by n and (n+1) so it is the same. It is like if they are separated but they are always divisible by 2 consecutive numbers. So working modulo n I will have $0 + 5$ and $1+5$. So they are consecutive in this form. (And there is another time the absurd)

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hasty generalisation. For example, you look at the odd numbers up to 13. 1 is a square number, 3 is a prime number, 5 is a prime number, 7 is a prime number, 9 is a square number, 11 is a prime number, 13 is a prime number. From this, you conclude that all odd numbers are either prime or square numbers, when 15 is an obvious counter-example.Log in to reply

@Alex Spagnoletti That isn't true.Counterexample: $gcd(1,3)=1$ but $gcd(1+5,3+5)=gcd(6,8)=2\neq 1$

Every pair of odd positive integers $a,b$ with $gcd(a,b)=1$ is a counterexample,as $gcd(a+5,b+5)\geq 2$ as both $a+5$ and $b+5$ are even numbers.

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@Abdur Rehman Zahid, Yes but $3$ is not $1 + 1$ It must be $n$ and $n+1$

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Extra Participation Problem - set 2 -#1Prove that $9 \mid \left((7^{n}+1)^{n} - 2^{n}\right)^{3}$ ,for all positive integers $n$

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$\begin{aligned} 7^n+1 &\equiv 1^n+1 \pmod{3}\\ &\equiv 2\\ 2^n-2^n &\equiv 0 \end{aligned}$

Thus, $3 \mid (7^n+1)^n - 2^n$, which implies $27|((7^n+1)^n-2^n)^3$, so 9 divides the expression. Thus proven.

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Yep !

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Problem 6Find all positive integers (with proof) $x,y,z$ such that $8^{x}+15^{y}=17^{z}$

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Here is my extremely long method to solving this question (First method I found) :P

$\begin{aligned} 8^x + 15^y &= 17^z\\ \Rightarrow 1+1 &\equiv 17^z \pmod{7}\\ \Rightarrow 17^z &\equiv 2 \pmod{7}\\ \Rightarrow z\ &\equiv 2 \pmod{6} \end{aligned}$

Thus, $z$ is even. Also, we have

$\begin{aligned} 8^x + 15^y &= 17^z\\ 8^x &= 17^z - 15^y\\ 0 &= 1^x - (-1)^y \pmod{8}\\ y &= 0 \pmod{2} \end{aligned}$

Thus, $y$ is even. Also, we have (from looking at the equation in $\pmod{10}$), $8^{4a}+15^b = 17^{4c}$ and $8^{4a+2} + 15^b = 17^{4c+2}$. Thus, $x$ is even. Let $x=2x_1$, $y=2y_1$ and $z=2z_1$. Substituting back in, we get

$\begin{aligned} 2^{6x_1} &= 17^{2z_1} - 15^{2y_1}\\ 2^{6x_1} &= (17^{z_1} - 15^{y_1})(17^{z_1} + 15^{y_1}) \end{aligned}$

Because of FTA, we can let $17^{z_1} - 15^{y_1}=2^a$ and $17^{z_1} + 15^{y_1} = 2^b$, with $a + b = 6x_1$ and $a < b$. We now have

$\begin{aligned} 17^{z_1} - 15^{y_1} &= 2^a\\ 17^{z_1} + 15^{y_1} &= 2^b\\ \Rightarrow 17^{y_1} &= 2^{b-1} + 2^{a-1} \end{aligned}$

From this, since the LHS is odd, the RHS must be odd, so $a = 1$ and $b = 6x_1 - 1$. Substituting this, we get

$\begin{aligned} 17^{z_1} - 15^{y_1} &= 2\\ 17^{z_1} + 15^{y_1} &= 2^{6x_1-1}\\ \Rightarrow (-1)^{z_1} + 0 &\equiv -1 \pmod{3}\\ \Rightarrow z_1 &\equiv 1 \pmod{2} \end{aligned}$

$\begin{aligned} 17^{z_1} - 15^{y_1} &= 2\\ 17^{z_1} + 15^{y_1} &= 2^{6x_1-1}\\ \Rightarrow 1^{z_1} - (-1)^{y_1} &\equiv 0 \pmod{8}\\ \Rightarrow y_1 &\equiv 1 \pmod{2} \end{aligned}$

Thus, $y_1$ and $z_1$ are odd, which implies that $x_1$ is odd from $8^{4a+2} + 15^b = 17^{4c+2}$.

Going back to the original equation and substituting $x=4x_2+2$, $y=4y_2+2$ and $z=4z_2+2$, we get

$\begin{aligned} 8^{4x_2+2} + 15^{4y_2+2} = 17^{4z_2+2}\\ 15^{4y_2+2} = (17^{2z_2+1} - 8^{2x_2+1})(17^{2z_2+1} + 8^{2x_2+1}) \end{aligned}$

Once again, by FTA, let $17^{2z_2+1} - 8^{2x_2+1} = 3^a 5^b$ and $17^{2z_2+1} + 8^{2x_2+1}=3^b 5^a$, where $a+b=4y_2+2$.

$\begin{aligned} 17^{2z_2+1} - 8^{2x_2+1}&= 3^a 5^b\\ 17^{2z_2+1} + 8^{2x_2+1}&=3^b 5^a\\ \Rightarrow (-1)^{2z_2+1} + (-1)^{2x_2+1} &\equiv 0 \pmod{3}\\ \Rightarrow (-1)-1 &\equiv 0 \pmod{3} \end{aligned}$

Since this isn't true, we have that $b=0$ so $a=4y_2+2$. We now have

$\begin{aligned} 17^{2z_2+1} - 8^{2x_2+1}&= 9^{2y_2+1}\\ 17^{2z_2+1} + 8^{2x_2+1}&= 25^{2y_2+1} \end{aligned}$

For $x_2 > 0$, we have $8^{2x_2+1} \equiv 0 \pmod{64}$. Also, $17^{2z_2+1} \equiv 17, 49 \pmod{64}$ and $25^{2y_2+1} \equiv 25,9,57,41$. Since both of these terms don't share any residues in $\pmod{64}$, $x_2 = 0$. Substituting this back in to the original equaition, we get

$\begin{aligned} 8^2 + 15^y &= 17^z\\ \Rightarrow 17^{z_1} + 15^{y_1} &= 32\\ 17^{z_1}-15^{y_1} &= 2\\ \Rightarrow 17^{z_1} = 17\\ 15^{y_1} = 15\\ \Rightarrow z_1&=1\\ y_1&=1 \end{aligned}$

Thus, $x=2$, $y=2$, $z=2$ is the only solution.

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i have a very short solution to this question using Beals conjecture only if am permited to post it

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I think that if we work with modulo 32 or 64 the solution would be shorter. I haven't solved the problem yet but I think that there are some interesting results with it.

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I have a similar (and equally long) solution and was hoping for a shorter one but... oh well. By the way, I think you have a typo where $1^{z_1}-(-1)^{y_1}\equiv 0 \operatorname{mod}3$ should be $1^{z_1}-(-1)^{y_1}\equiv 0 \operatorname{mod}4$

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Are integers x,y,z are different?

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If they are not different , then first comes pythagoras XD

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$d_{1},d_{2},.....d_{2n}$ can be from $1,2,3,4,...,9$ only

$\sum_{j=1}^{n}d_{2j-1}d_{2j}$ is even If

$(1)$ all the $n$ terms are even

$(2)$ the number of odd terms in the sum is even

$d_{2j-1}d_{2j}$ is even if

$(1)$ both $d_{2j-1}d_{2j}$ are even . There are 16 choices for this

$(2)$ one of them is odd the other one is even ; there are $2(5)(4)=40$ choices for this $d_{2j-1}$ could be odd and $d_{2j}$ even or vice versa ).

Note $d_{2j-1}d_{2j}$ is odd for $25$ choices .

For the sum to be even , an even number of such products must be odd . Number of ways in which $k$ of the $n$ terms are odd and the rest are even is $\binom{n}{k}.25^{k}(56)^{n-k}$.

Total sum is even if ${k}^{\mathrm{\prime}}s$