# Extension of Fermat's theorem?

## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi! I assume you all know Fermat's last theorem. Well, has anyone considered the following extension to it? Assuming we're just using integers:

We know that x1^n + x2^n = y^n has no solution for n > 2. However, what about this?

For which values of k does x1^n+x2^n+...+xk^n = z^n have solutions for n > k?

We know it's true for 1 ((-1)^2 = 1^2) and not true for 2. What about other numbers?

ACG

matt grime
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Every number is the sum of 4 squares. That is one known result.

Hi!

That's cool -- I'd wondered about that myself :)

However, that won't help here: the sum of four objects case would have to be a^5+b^5+c^5+d^5 = e^5.

ACG

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Hi! I assume you all know Fermat's last theorem. Well, has anyone considered the following extension to it? Assuming we're just using integers:

We know that x1^n + x2^n = y^n has no solution for n > 2. However, what about this?

For which values of k does x1^n+x2^n+...+xk^n = z^n have solutions for n > k?

We know it's true for 1 ((-1)^2 = 1^2) and not true for 2. What about other numbers?

ACG
Yes, I have (considered that, and also wrote a short program to try and find a counter-example).
Have you been able to find anymore details about this one (like, has it been proved, disproved, etc.)?
Thanks.

uart
Alphanumeric has already posted links that contain counter examples. For example they show several solutions to $a^5 + b^5 + c^5 + d^5 = e^5$
Alphanumeric has already posted links that contain counter examples. For example they show several solutions to $a^5 + b^5 + c^5 + d^5 = e^5$