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Report MI 1999-14

P.J. Bruin

Chabauty methods using elliptic curves

Abstract. In this article, we consider algebraic curves over Q that cover an elliptic curve over some extension of Q. We show how we can use the arithmetic on that elliptic curve to obtain information on the rational points on the cover. We apply this method to curves arising from the diophantine equations x2+y4=z5  and x2-y4=z5and determine all solutions with coprime, integral x,y,z. To do this, we determine the rational points on several curves of genus 5.

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Report printed: june 1999


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