3-Selmer groups for curves y^2 = x^3 + a by Bandini A.

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However, if viewed at correctly, this result is not as surprising as it might appear first glance. In fact, we encountered something comparable in the case of cubic equations: Just as Cardano’s formula contains roots square in addition to cube roots, a general formula for biquadratic equations must be similarly constituted. 2 \xC0\x9C (131 = Ferrari’s formula Since presented as biquadratic equations wwmmwmxmave in which third biquadratic describe must we power, the of the equation a here Variable as of method can does be used not only to appear converting the for the general form w4+aa:3+b:t2+cm+d=0 into an in the equation reduced form y"+py2+qy+r=0In analogy to replacing the the of the case variable av via cubic the equation, this be can done by substitution a ‘T:ywZ> with the result that the two terms in that ye‘ arise cancel each other: a:4+cLa:3+bac2+c$+d=y4+py2-l-qy+7*.

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