06-240/Homework Assignment 2

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Read sections 1.1 through 1.3 in our textbook, and solve the following problems:

  • Problems 3a and 3bcd on page 6, problems 1, 7, 18, 19 and 21 on pages 14-16 and problems 8, 9, 11 and 19 on pages 20-21. You need to submit only the underlined problems.
  • Note that the numbers 1^6-1=0, 2^6-1=63, 3^6-1=728, 4^6-1=4,095, 5^6-1=15,624 and 6^6-1=117,648 are all divisible by 7. The following four part exercise explains that this is not a coincidence. But first, let p be some odd prime number and let {\mathbb F}_p be the field with p elements as defined in class.
    1. Prove that the product b:=1\cdot 2\cdot\ldots\cdot(p-2)\cdot(p-1) is a non-zero element of {\mathbb F}_p.
    2. Let a be a non-zero element of {\mathbb F}_p. Prove that the sets \{1,2,\ldots,(p-1)\} and \{1a,2a,\ldots,(p-1)a\} are the same (though their elements may be listed here in a different order).
    3. With a and b as in the previous two parts, show that ba^{p-1}=b in {\mathbb F}_p, and therefore a^{p-1}=1 in {\mathbb F}_p.
    4. How does this explain the fact that 4^6-1 is divisible by 7?

You don't need to submit this exercise at all, but you will learn a lot by doing it!

This assignment is due at the tutorials on Thursday September 28. Here and everywhere, neatness counts!! You may be brilliant and you may mean just the right things, but if the teaching assistants will be having hard time deciphering your work they will give up and assume it is wrong.




An email I got -

Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 13:53:19 -0300
From: Sadie Bowman <calculusthemusical@gmail.com>
To: calculusthemusical@gmail.com
Subject: "Calculus: The Musical!"

Greetings!
 
Please read and feel free to forward/distribute amongst your colleagues
and students.
 
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Friday, September 29, 7pm
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46 Noble Street
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Tickets: $10.00
 
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