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[p] Search facility by akdevaraj 11:23 am
Although the above is not functioning I am able to read my older messages by clicking on "older". However wish the search facility is restored early.

[p] Search facility by akdevaraj Sep 15
Regretable that search facility is still not functioning.

[p] Heron's principle (geometry) by pahio Sep 14
Hi parag, I think you will find the answer to your question in the PM entry Heron's principle (http://planetmath.org/heronsprinciple). Unfortunately, the entry is now almost impossible to find because the PM SEARCH ENGINE DOES NOT FUNCTION :=( I'm also sorry that the image for the proof IS NOT VISIBLE, AS NOT ARE NOW ALL IMAGES IN PLANETMATH. Regards, Jussi

[P] Fermat's theorem in k(i) - base groups by akdevaraj Sep 14
Primes of shape p'= 4m + 3 are prime in both k(1) and k(i). With reference to Frermat's theorem in k(i) what is the nature of the bases? In fact they form a group isomorphic with z_n; the bases are given by (1 + kp' + i). Let me illustrate this with examples p' = 11 and 19. Here k belongs to W. The congruence in all these cases is to -i and not 1; recall that -i is also one of the unities in k(i). Hence ((1 + i)^10 + i)/11 = 3i and ((12 + i)^10 + i)/11 = 3926445133 + 4305498635i. ((1 + i)^18 + i)/19 and ((20 + i)^18 + i)/19 are also equal to Gaussian integers.

[P] pseudoprimes in k(i) (contd) by akdevaraj Sep 12
341 is a pseudoprime in k(1). It is also a pseudoprime in k(i) i.e. ((1+i)^340 + 1)/341 = a Gaussian integer. Note it is +1 in parenthesis because -1 is also a unity in k(i). Also 1105, a Carmichael number in k(1) is a pseudoprime in k(i) i.e. ((6 + i)^1104 -1)/1105 = a Gaussian integer . However, it is too big to be copied here.

[P] viewership of messages - II by akdevaraj Sep 10
I have posted many messages; however I do not know how many have viewed the messages. Request administrators to instal software to enable this.

[P] pseudoprimes in k(i) (contd) by akdevaraj Sep 9
Some more examples pertaining to the previous message: a) ((6+i)^4-1)/5 = 216 + 168i b)((6 + i)^12-1)/13 = - 78849720 + 180928440i c) ((2 +3i)^4-1)/5 = -24 +24i

[P] pseudoprimes in k(i) (contd) by akdevaraj Sep 8
Any prime in k(1) with shape 4m+1 can be factorised in k(i). Examples : 5 = (2+i)(2-i), 13 = (2+3i)(2-3i) or (3 +2i)(3 - 2i). Now if we use any one of such factors and apply Fermat's theorem with respect to a prime of the same shape ( excepting the prime in k(1) of which the base is a factor) we get quotients which are integers in k(i). Examples: a)((2+i)^12-1)/13 = 904 - 782i b) ((2+i)^16-1)/17 = 9696 + 20832i. However neither 13 nor 17 are primes in k(i) - in fact they are pseudo primes in k(i).

[P] Fermat's theorem in k(i) (c0ntd) by akdevaraj Sep 3
In one of my recent messages I had stated that there are four unities in k(i) viz 1, -1, i and -i. Fermat's theorem holds true in k(i) when we keep this in mind. For example (2+I) and 3 are co-prime. Hence ((2+I)^4 + 1)/3 = -2 + 8i. I will be giving a few more examples in the next message.

[P] Fermat's theorem in k(i) (c0ntd) by akdevaraj Sep 1
Numbers of the type 4m+1 are not prime in k(i). However their factors are prime. Example: 5 = (2+i)(2-i). If we take one of these as the base Fermat's theorem works with respect to other co-primes of the type 4m+1. Examples: a) ((2-i)^12-1)/13 = 904 - 792i b)((2+i)^16-1)/17 = 9696 + 20832i

[P] Enlanglement as a basic modeling idea by milogardner Aug 31
Thanks for the references. Thomas Edison scaled down the building blocks of electricity to economically feasible units. Edison's first scaled model was 1/3 copper, cost-wise. The scaling down of an economic system to finite units was first implemented by Middle Kingdom Egyptians, a finite unit fraction methodology that has not been fully decoded. Greeks used the finite model. Arabs and medieval scribes modified the multiplication scaled model to a subtraction model, a system that ended with Galileo's inverse proportion square root method.

[p] Co-primality in k(i) by akdevaraj Aug 31
On the lines of definition of co-primality in k(1) (ref: An introduction to the theory of numbers by Hardy and Wright ) co-primality in k(i) is defined as follows: Let a and b be two Gaussian integers in k(i). Then if (a,b ) = 1 or i then a and b are co-prime.

[p] Message viewership by akdevaraj Aug 30
I have written many messages (posts ). However I do not know how many read my messages. Perhaps rspuzio will consider setting up software to enable viewership.

[p] Fermat's theorem in k(i) (c0ntd) by akdevaraj Aug 28
When we carry out the following operations we get a quotient which is a Gaussian integer: a)((21+i)^20-1)/21 b)((21+i)^(21-i)-1)/21 c)((21+i)^(21-i)-i/21 and d)((341+i)^340-1)/341 Note that a) 341 is also a pseudoprime in k(1) and b) i is also one of the unities in k(i).