MATH312 December 2008
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Question 01 (e)
For each of the following statements, indicate if it holds for every positive integers (if so, a simple true without a proof suffices, if not, a false together with a counterexample is expected).
If , then .
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The statement is false
We seek a counter example and we take the smallest composite number for b, namely . We then take . Then
For a more enlightening proof, recall that by Euler's Theorem
Thus if we find a value of b where we would be able to construct a counter example since in this case there are integers s and t such that
and so choosing an a coprime to b between 2 and b-1 would give us that
which would be a contradiction. This is what we did above.
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