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Parametric representation

  1. Dec 11, 2006 #1
    Does anyone have any ideas on how to even start this problem? I am supposed to find a general solution in rational numbers for (aside from the trivial ones):


    Actually, I'm given the answer (which is really messy) and am supposed to show how to derive it. The book gives the hint to use a substitution x=X-Y, y=X+Y, u=U-V, and v=U+V and then factor the result in [itex]Q(\sqrt{-3})[/itex].

    The hint was easy to enact, but led to another dead end. I figure you can start by trying to find integer solutions, but that doesn't help either. In fact, I can't even figure out how to make any progress at all. Not even a little bit.

    Any clues out there at all?
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  3. Dec 11, 2006 #2

    Gib Z

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    Are the capitals related in anyway to the lowercase counter parts or is that just a coincidence?
  4. Dec 12, 2006 #3
    I don't understand this question? The capitals are a change of variable, and I gave the formula for the new variables and how they relate to the old ones in the post?

    By the way, the new equation you get is:


    And factoring as the hint further suggests gives you:


    Which was the other dead end I hit. No idea what to do from there. In case it helps anyone get inspired, I'll write out the answer they give for x (small x), the others are similar. a,b and k are rational numbers:

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