A Deeper Analysis on a Generalization of Fermat´s Last Theorem

Leandro Torres Di Gregorio


In 1997, the following conjecture was considered by Mauldin as a generalization of Fermat's Last Theorem: “for X, Y, Z, n$_1$, n$_2$ and n$_3$ positive integers with n$_1$, n$_2$, n$_3$> 2, if $X^{n$_1$} + Y^{n$_2$}= Z^{n$_3$}$ then X, Y, Z must have a common prime factor”. The present work provides an investigation focusing in various aspects of this conjecture, exploring the problem´s specificities with graphic resources and offering a complementary approach to the arguments presented in our previous paper. In fact, we recently discovered the general form of the counterexamples of this conjecture, what is explored in detail in this article. We also analyzed the domain in which the conjecture is valid, defined the situations in which it could fail and previewed some characteristics of its exceptions, in an analytical way.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/jmr.v10n2p1

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Journal of Mathematics Research   ISSN 1916-9795 (Print)   ISSN 1916-9809 (Online)

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