Given k, a natural number, determine if there exists x,y,z INTEGERS such that x

^{3}+y

^{3}+z

^{3}=k.

It is not obvious that this problem is decidable (I think it is but have not been able to find an exact statement to that affect; however, if it was not solvable, I would know that, hence it is solvable. If you know a ref give it in the comments.)

If k≡ 4,5 mod 9 then mod arguments easily show there is no solution. Huisman showed that if k≤ 1000, k≡1,2,3,6,7,8 mod 9 and max(|x|,|y|,|z|) ≤ 10

^{15}and k is NOT one of

33, 42, 114, 165, 390, 579, 627, 633, 732, 795, 906, 921, 975

then there was a solution. For those on the list it was unknown.

Recently Booker (not Cory Booker, the candidate for prez, but Andrew Booker who I assume is a math-computer science person and is not running for prez) showed that

x

^{3}+ y

^{3}+ z

^{3}=33

DOES have a solution in INTEGERS. It is

x= 8,866,128,975,287,528

y=-8,778,405,442,862,239

z=-2,736,111,468,807,040

does that make us more likely or less likely to think that

x

^{3}+ y

^{3}+ z

^{3}=42

has a solution? How about =114, etc, the others on the list?

Rather than say what I think is true (I have no idea) here is what I HOPE is true: that the resolution of these problems leads to some mathematics of interest.

you should know about #fermat therom which can be a genaralization of you want to solve. you should know that #andrew jhon wiles prof that it is not possible for all k>=3.

ReplyDeleteMy post is about x^3 + y^3 + z^3 = 33, or other constants.

DeleteFLT is about x^3 + y^3 = z^3.

So-- did I say something incorrect in my post or are you saying that I should mention FLT since the equation looks similar?

What's the intuition behind your conjecture that the problem is decidable? I would have thought that the surprisingly large k=33 solution suggests undecidability.

ReplyDeleteNot sure I call this intuition, but here is what I think:

ReplyDeleteThe proof that classes of Diophantine equations are undecidable seems to either need lots of variables or high degree. Since the equation featured in this blog post is only 3 vars of degree 3 it would seem hard to PROVE undecidability. AH- but the fact that the numbers are so large may well indicate that the TRUTH is undecidable.