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Fermat for beginners (Posted on 2006-09-14) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Determine all positive integer solutions of x2y+(x+1)2y=(x+2)2y

Of course, for y>1 you could use Fermat's theorem, but that would be unsporting!

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For y=1, x=1 gives the only answer: 3^2+4^2=5^2, since it's easy to show that x^2+(x+1) ^2 is always greater than (x+2) ^2 for x>3, so that's the only answer for y=1.

And I'm tempted to cheat, and apply the not-so-long-ago-proved Fermatīs theorem to show there is no answer for y greater than 1...

  Posted by Old Original Oskar! on 2006-09-14 15:36:28
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