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1 MATH 289 PROBLEM SET 4: NUMBER THEORY 1. The greatest common divisor If d and n are integers, then we say that d divides n if and only if there exists an integer q such that n = qd. Notice that if d divides n and m, then d also divides n + m and n m and an + bm for all integers a, b. Theorem 1. If n and m are integers and m 0, then there exists an integer q such that where 0 r < m. n = qm + r Proof. First reduce to the case that n 0. Then use induction on n. (Exercise.) A useful variation is the following result. Theorem 2. If n and m are integers and m 0, then there exists an integer q such that where m /2 r < m /2. n = qm + r Suppose that n and m are integers, not both equal to 0. The greatest common divisor of n and m is the largest positive integer d such that d divides both n and m. We denote the greatest common divisor of n and m by gcd(n, m). We will also use the convention that gcd(0, 0) = 0. The following observation will be useful. Lemma 3. If n, m, q Z, then We have gcd(n, m) = gcd(m, n qm). Proof. The case n = m = 0 is clear. Assume that at least one of n and m is nonzero. Now gcd(n, m) divides n, m and n qm, hence gcd(n, m) gcd(m, n qm). On the other hand, gcd(m, n qm) divides m, n qm and n = (n qm) + qm. so gcd(m, n qm) gcd(n, m). Example 4. Suppose we have two large integers, say 9081 and How do we find their greatest common divisor? We do division with remainder: (1) 9081 = Now gcd(9081, 3270) = gcd(3270, 729). We have simplified our problem! Now we can play this game again: (2) 3270 =

2 so gcd(3270, 729) = gcd(729, 354). (3) 729 = so gcd(729, 354) = gcd(354, 21). (4) 354 = so gcd(354, 21) = gcd(21, 3) = 3 because 21 = 7 3. We have found that gcd(9081, 3270) = 3. This method of computing the gcd is called Euclid s algorithm. Algorithm 5 (Euclid s Algorithm). Suppose that r 0, r 1 Z are nonzero integers. Define q 1, q 2, Z and r 2, r 3, Z inductively as follows. If r i 1 and r i are already defined, then we define q i and r i+1 by r i 1 = q i r i + r i+1 where 0 r i+1 < r i as in Theorem 1 (or r i /2 r i+1 < r i /2 as in Theorem 2). (Note r i+1 and q i are well defined as long as r i 0). Since r 1 > r 2 > we have that r +1 = 0 for some positive integer. Suppose that r +1 = 0 and that r i 0 for i. Then gcd(r 0, r 1 ) = r. If one uses Theorem 2 then it is clear that Euclid s algorithm is very fast. The number of divisions with remainder one has to do is roughly log 2 r 1. (A similar bound also holds if one uses Theorem 1 though). Proof. It is not hard to show that Euclid s algorithm wors. Note that gcd(r i 1, r i ) = gcd(r i, r i+1 ) for all i. By induction on i one shows that gcd(r 0, r 1 ) = gcd(r i, r i+1 ) for all i. In particular, gcd(r 0, r 1 ) = gcd(r, r +1 ) = gcd(r, 0) = r. Example 6. Euclid s algorithm can be used to find integers x and y such that gcd(n, m) = xn + ym. It wors as follows. First use Euclid s algorithm to compute gcd(n, m) and then wor bac. For example, we already saw that gcd(9081, 3270) = 3. We would lie to find x and y such that 3 = 9081x y. Now we wor bac in the computation of gcd(9081, 3270). From (4) follows that From (3) follows that 3 = ( 1) = ( 1) ( ) = ( ) 354 = From (2) follows that 3 = ( ) = = ( ) 729 =

3 and finally, from (1) follows that 3 = ( ) = = ( ) 3270 = This method is sometimes called the extended Euclid s algorithm. Algorithm 7. (Extended Euclid s Algorithm) Let r 0, r 1,...,r, r +1 = 0 and q 0, q 1,..., q as in Algorithm 5. Define x = 0 and x +1 = 1. For i 1, define x i by induction by x i 1 = x i+1 q i x i. Then we have that gcd(r 0, r 1 ) = x i+1 r i + x i r i+1 for i = 0, 1,...,. In particular, gcd(r 0, r 1 ) = x 1 r 0 + x 0 r 1. Proof. Let i = j. We prove by induction on j that For j = 0 we have to prove that gcd(r 0, r 1 ) = x j+1 r j + x j r j+1. gcd(r 0, r 1 ) = 1 r + 0 r +1 = r but this follows from Algorithm 5. Suppose that gcd(r 0, r 1 ) = x j+1 r j + x j r j+1. If we substitute, r j+1 = r j 1 q j r j we obtain gcd(r 0, r 1 ) = x j+1 r j + x j (r j 1 q j r j ) = = x j r j 1 + (x j+1 q j x j )r j = x j r j 1 + x j 1 r j. Theorem 8. Suppose that n and m are integers. There exist integers x and y such that gcd(n, m) = xn + ym. Proof. This follows from the extended Euclid s Algorithm (Algorithm 7). If n and m are integers with gcd(n, m) then we say that m and n are relatively prime. Corollary 9. If a, n, m are integers and a divides both n and m then a also divides gcd(n, m). Proof. This follows immediately from the previous Theorem 8. Example 10 (Putnam 2000). Prove that the expression ( ) gcd(m, n) n n m is an integer. 3

4 Given our previous discussion, it seems natural to write gcd(m, n) = xm + yn where x, y are integers. The solution then follows quicly. Proof. We can write gcd(m, n) = xm + yn where x, y Z. Then Now ( ) m n = m n m n is an integer. It follows that is an integer. gcd(m, n) n ( ) n = x m ( ) n + y m m n ( ) n. m n! m!(n m)! = (n 1)! (m 1)!(n m)! = gcd(m, n) n ( ) n m ( ) n 1 m Lemma 11. Suppose that n, m, r are integers such that gcd(m, n) = 1. If m divides nr then m divides r. Proof. We can write 1 = xm + yn for certain x, y Z. Clearly m divides xmr and ynr, so m divides r = r 1 = r (xm + yn) = xmr + ynr. If n and m are nonzero integers then the least common multiple lcm(m, n) of n and m is defined as the smallest positive integer that is divisible by both m and n. Moreover we define lcm(m, 0) = 0 for all integers m. Lemma 12. If n and m are positive integers and a is an integer divisible by both n and m, then a is divible by lcm(m, n). Proof. We can write a = q lcm(m, n) + r with 0 r < lcm(m, n). NOw r is also divisible by m and n. We must have that r = 0 otherwise we get a contradiction with the definition of lcm(m, n). This proves that a is divisible by lcm(m, n). Lemma 13. If n and m are positive integers then gcd(m, n) lcm(m, n) = mn Proof. The positive integer mn/ gcd(m, n) is divisible by m and n, so mn lcm(m, n). gcd(m, n) The positive integer mn/ lcm(m, n) divides both m and n.so we have mn gcd(m, n). lcm(m, n) 4

5 Example 14. In the strange country Oz, the only official coins are the 7-cents coin and the 13-cents coin. What is the largest amount that cannot be paid with these coins if a shop has no change at all? We can first mae a list of amounts that we can mae: 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34,35, 39, 40, 41,42, 46, 48, 48,49, 52, 53, 54,55, 56, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70,72, 73, 74, 75,76, 77, 78, 79,... The largest amount that cannot be made seems to be 71. It is easy to chec that 71 is not a nonnegative combination of 7 and 13. Let us try to understand why all the amounts of 72 can be made by using the two types of coins. Suppose that m 72. We would lie to find nonnegative integers x and y such that m = 13x + 7y If x and y are not necessarily nonnegative then this is certainly possible. We can write and 1 = 13 ( 1) m = 13 ( m) + 7 2m. Using this solution we find many other solutions. If is an integer then m = 13 ( m + 7) + 7 (2m 13). For a suitable, we might have that both m+7 and 2m 13 are nonnegative. Consider the smallest for which m + 7 is nonnegative. Then we have 0 m + 7 < 7. Now 7 (2m 13) m 13 ( m + 7) = 6. It follows that 2m 13 > 1, so 2m 13 is nonnegative. Now we would lie to prove that if (5) 71 = 13x + 7y with x, y Z, then at least one of the integers x, y is negative. We already saw one solution, namely (6) 71 = 13 ( 71) + 7 (142). Combining (5) and (6) yields: 13 (x + 71) = 7 (142 y). Since gcd(13, 7) = 1, we have that 7 divides x Say x + 71 = 7. Then we alsy have that 142 y = 13. From x + 71 = 7 and x 0 follows that 11. But then y =

6 2. Prime Numbers Recall that a prime number is a positive integer with exactly 2 positive divisors, namely 1 and itself. Lemma 15. If p is a prime number dividing mn where m and n are integers, then p divides m or p divides n. Proof. If p divides m then were are done. Otherwise gcd(p, m) = 1, so p divides n by Lemma 11. Theorem 16. (Euclid) Every positive integer can uniquely be written as a product of prime numbers. Proof. We already have seen in problem set 1 that every positive integer is a product of prime numbers. We still have to prove the uniqueness. Suppose that p 1 < p 2 < < p are distinct prime numbers such that Suppose that a 1 > b 1. Then p a 1 1 p a 2 = pb 1 1 p b 2. p a 1 b 1 1 p a 2 = pb 2 and p 1 divides p b 2. This implies that p 1 divides p i for some i 2. This is impossible because the only divisors of p i are 1 and p i itself. Constradiction. Therefore a 1 b 1. Similarly we see that a 1 b 1 and therefore a 1 = b 1. Similarly we can prove that a i = b i for i = 2, 3,.... Many properties can be expressed in terms of the prime factorization. Suppose that A = p a 1 1 p a 2 and B = p b 1 1 p b 2 2 p b are positive integers with their factorizations into prime numbers. Then A divides B if and only if a i b i for all i = 1, 2,...,. We also have that where c i = min(a i, b i ) for all i. gcd(a, B) = p c 1 1 pc 2 2 pc Theorem 17. (Euclid) There are infinitely many prime numbers. Proof. Suppose that there are finitely many distinct prime numbers, say p 1, p 2,...,p. Let N = p 1 p 2 p + 1. Now N is a product of prime numbers. In particular there exists a prime numper q such that q divides N. Now q = p i for some i with 1 i. Since p i divides N, we have that p i divides which leads to a contradiction. Example 18. The number 2 is irrational. N p 1 p 2 p = 1 6

7 Proof. Suppose taht 2 is rational, say 2 = p/q where p, q are positive integers. Squaring gives p 2 = 2q 2. The prime number 2 appears an even number of time in the prime factorization of p 2. On the other hand, 2 appears an odd number of times in the prime factorization of 2q 2. Wet get a contradiction, so 2 has to be irrational. The distribution of prime numbers is quite mysterious. One of the most famous/notorious open problems in mathematics is the Riemann Hypothesis. This conjecture is closely related to the distribution of prime numbers. The following result is well-nown but not so elementary: Theorem 19 (Dirichlet). Suppose that a and b are positive integers that are relatively prime. Then there are infinitely prime numbers of the form a + nb where n is a positive integer. 3. Exercises Exercise 1. ** Let F 0, F 1, F 2,... be the Fibonacci numbers: F 0 = F 1 = 1 and F n+1 = F n +F n 1 for all n 1. Prove that the greatest common divisor of two consecutive Fibonnaci numbers is always equal to 1. Exercise 2. *** Define T 0, T 1, T 2,... by T 1 = 2 and T n+1 = T 2 n T n + 1 for n 0. Prove that gcd(t i, T j ) = 1 for all i j. Exercise 3. **** Let m 2 be an integer and suppose that a and b are positive integers. Prove that gcd(m a 1, m b 1) = m gcd(a,b) 1. Exercise 4. ** We have two drining glasses. One glass can contain exactly 21oz. The other glass can contain exactly 13oz. Is it possible to measure exactly 1oz. of water using the two glasses? Exercise 5. ** Suppose that A = p a 1 1 p a 2 is an integer, p 1 < p 2 < < p are distinct primes and a 1,..., a are nonnegative integers. Give a formula for the number of divisors of A. Exercise 6. *** We start with a dec of 52 cards. We put all the cards in one row, face down. In the first round we turn all the cards around. In the second round we turn every second card around. In the third round we turn every third card around. We eep doing this until we complete round 52. Which cards will be faced up in the end? Exercise 7. *** Suppose that P(x) = a n x n +a n 1 x n 1 + +a 0 is a nonconstant polynomial with integer coefficients. Prove that there exists a positive integer m such that P(m) is not a prime number. Exercise 8. ** Show that there are infinitely many prime numbers of the form 4 1 where is a positive integer (without using Dirichlet s Theorem). Exercise 9. * Find all prime numbers p for which p + 2 and p + 4 are also prime numbers. Exercise 10. * Use Euclid s Algorithm to find gcd(1029, 791). 7

8 Exercise 11. **** Suppose that p, q, r are positive integers which gcd(p, q) = gcd(p, r) = gcd(q, r) = 1. Show that if N 3pqr, then any N N floor can be tiled with tiles of sizes p p, q q and r r. Exercise 12. ** Suppose that m and n are positive integers with gcd(m, n) = 1. Show that mn m n is the largest integer that is not of the form mx + ny with x, y 0. Exercise 13. ** Show that if 2 n 1 is a prime number, then n is a prime number. Exercise 14. ** Show that if 2 n + 1 is a prime number, then n = 0 or n is a power of 2. 8

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