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Homework Help: Applying Chinese Remainder Theorem to polynomials

  1. Apr 6, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find all integers x such that
    [itex] 7x \equiv 11 mod 30 [/itex] and
    [itex] 9x \equiv 17 mod 25 [/itex]

    2. Relevant equations
    I guess the Chinese Remainder theorem and Bezout's theorem would be used here.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I can do this if the x-terms didn't have a coefficient. I'd just rewrite the congruences so that x - 11 = 30k etc and use Euclid's algorithm to solve it, which is not too difficult.
    I'm just confused as to what to do since there are the coefficients and I'm not too sure what to do.

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  3. Apr 6, 2013 #2


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    The first step is to get rid of those coefficients by computing their respective modular multiplicative inverses.

    So the system becomes ##x \equiv 7^{-1}.11 \pmod {30}## and ##x \equiv 9^{-1}.17 \pmod {25}##.

    You can do this because the coefficients are relatively prime to those moduli.

    Do you know how to compute those inverses? If not, you can read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modular_multiplicative_inverse and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_Euclidean_algorithm (for the actual algorithm). A quick calculator is available online at: http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~dsri/modular-inversion.html [Broken]
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