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The simplest case is that of a linear congruence with a single unknown x; this has the form ax ≡ b (mod m), where a, b, m are given integers. 5) Let a, b, m be integers with m > 0. Then there is a solution x of the congruence ax ≡ b (mod m) if and only if gcd{a, m} divides b. 3 Congruences | 27 Proof. Set d = gcd{a, m}. If x is a solution of congruence ax ≡ b (mod m), then ax = b + mq for some q ∈ ℤ, from which it follows that d must divide b. Conversely, assume that d | b. 3) there are integers u, v such that d = au + mv.

7), we have m1 = 60, m2 = 7, m = 420 and thus m????1 = 7, m????2 = 60. Also ℓ1 = 43, ℓ2 = 2. Therefore one solution is given by x = 1 ⋅ 7 ⋅ 43 + 0 ⋅ 60 ⋅ 2 = 301. If y is any other solution, observe that y − x must be divisible by 60 × 7 = 420. Hence the general solution is x = 301 + 420q, q ∈ ℤ. So the smallest positive solution is 301. 8). 4) Prove that there are infinitely many primes of the form 3n + 2 where n is an integer ≥ 0. In fact the proof is a variant of Euclid’s method. Suppose the result is false and let the odd primes of the form 3n + 2 be p1 , p2 , .

X(aa−1 ) = ba−1 . Since aa−1 = 1 and x1 = x, we get x = ba−1 . The second statement in (i) is dealt with similarly. 1) to establish (ii) it is enough to show that b−1 a−1 is an inverse of ab. This can be checked directly: (ab)(b−1 a−1 ) = a(bb−1 )a−1 = a1a−1 = aa−1 = 1; similarly (b−1 a−1 )(ab) = 1. Consequently (ab)−1 = b−1 a−1 . The group table. Suppose that (G, ∗) is a group of finite order n whose elements are ordered in some fixed manner, let us say g1 , g2 , . . , g n . The rule for combining elements in the group can be displayed in its group table.