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No integer solutions (Posted on 2012-12-10) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Prove that the equation 15x2-7y2=9 has no integer solutions.

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Set x=3a and y=3b giving

15a^2 - 7b^2 = 1.

Write this as 15a^2 - 6b^2 = b^2 + 1.

LHS is evenly divisible by 3 so RHS must be too.  

But b = 0,1,-1 mod 3 and b^2 + 1 = 1,2 mod 3, not 0.  

Consequently, there are no integer solutions. 

  Posted by xdog on 2012-12-10 16:11:43
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