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luckyc1423
04-13-2007, 09:18 PM
I am doing a research type paper in my capstone course...I have this proof I need to solve, actually, the book solves the proof for me but I am not following what they are doing...I wanted to post it here and hopefully someone knows a simplier version to do this and maybe I will understand your version

Nontrivial solution of the pell equation: When n is a non square positive integer, the equation x^2 - n(y^2) = 1

stapel
04-13-2007, 09:33 PM
...hopefully someone knows a simplier version....
How many proofs have you looked at online (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=solve+%22pell+equation%22)?

Eliz.

luckyc1423
04-13-2007, 09:43 PM
I couldnt find one online that either delt with the specific requirements I have on the proof or I dont understand it...I have been on planetmath.com and all the other websites

luckyc1423
04-13-2007, 09:47 PM
I dont know if it matters but im trying to prove the non trivial solutions meaning not equal to +- 1

stapel
04-14-2007, 12:50 AM
I couldnt find one online that...[dealt] with the specific requirements I have....
Then it might be helpful if you spelled out what those requirements are.

Please be complete and specific. Thank you.

Eliz.

luckyc1423
04-14-2007, 02:16 AM
its just that (a,b) cannot equal (+ or - 1, 0)

stapel
04-14-2007, 09:16 AM
its just that (a,b) cannot equal (+ or - 1, 0)
I'm sorry but, out of context, this has no meaning.

Please reply with the full text of the proof you don't care for, along with a clear explanation of the bits for which you would like clarification and/or simplification.

Thank you.

Eliz.

luckyc1423
04-14-2007, 10:31 AM
That is the requirements, I just assumed the proof had to be different because its non trivial
so (a,b) cannot equal (+ or - 1, 0)
a cannot be (+ or -) 1 and b cannot b 0

The proofs found the google are somewhat confusing

Do you have a more simplified version?

pka
04-14-2007, 10:56 AM