# Math Help - Square Root Proof Problem

1. ## Square Root Proof Problem

Hi. I'm having trouble with these problems.

p is and odd prime for both.

Prove x = 0 mod p if x = -x mod p.

Prove x = +/-y mod p^2 if x^2 = y^2 mod p^2, neither x nor y are 0 mod p.

Thanks...

2. Hint: $x^2\equiv y^2 ~ (p^2) \implies (x-y)(x+y) \equiv 0 ~ (p^2)$

3. Originally Posted by cryptocrow
Hi. I'm having trouble with these problems.

p is and odd prime for both.

Prove x = 0 mod p if x = -x mod p.

Prove x = +/-y mod p^2 if x^2 = y^2 mod p^2, neither x nor y are 0 mod p.

Thanks...
Suppose $x>0$, and $x \not\equiv 0 \mod p$, then there exist $k \ge 0$ and $p>r>0$ such that:

$x=kp+r$

Also:

$-x=(-k)p-r=(-1-k)p+(p-r)$

So if $x \equiv -x \mod p$ then $p-r=r$, or $2r=p$, but $p$ is an odd prime which is a contradiction, so our premis fails and $x \equiv 0 \mod p$.

RonL

4. Thanks a lot, i see where i went wrong.