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anonymous
 4 years ago
Does the difference of two squares identity apply only to algebraic variables? Can we not express any known integer as difference of 2 squares?
anonymous
 4 years ago
Does the difference of two squares identity apply only to algebraic variables? Can we not express any known integer as difference of 2 squares?

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anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0do you mean with integer solutions?

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0\[17=17\times 1\] \[(m+n)(mn)=17\] \[m+n=17,mn=1\] \[m = 9,n=8\] \[9^28^2=17\] works with 17

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0\[10=5\times 2\] \[m+n=5,mn=2\] oops this won't work because now \[m=\frac{7}{2}\]

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0maybe \[10=10\times 1\] \[m+n=10,mn=1\] nope because now \[m=\frac{11}{2}\]

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0now it is more or less clear right?

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0So does it only work with prime numbers?

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0lets try this one \[15=5\times 3\] \[m+n=5,mn=3\] \[m=4,n=1\] this one works \[15=4^21^2\]

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0So is there no general rule to see which numbers this rule works for?

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0in fact we can do it two ways \[15=15\times 1\] \[m+n=15,mn=1\] \[m=8,n=7\] \[15=8^27^2\]

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0no i was just pointing out that it is not a matter of "priime" or not

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0lets try 12 \[12=4\times 3\] \[m+n=4,mn=3\] \[2m=7\]no \[12=12\times 1\] \[m+n=12,mn=1\] \[2m=13\] no \[12=6\times 2\] \[m+n=6,mn=2\] \[2m=8\] yes \[m=4\] \[m=2\] \[12=4^22^2\]
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