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    About an identiy

    Hi Everybody,

    First of all thank you for your time.

    Is it know when the next identity holds?
    <br />
A^s-B^s=(A-B)^s<br />

    <br />
A, B, s \in Z

    Links with more resources on this identity would be grateful

    Thank you a lot
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    In a field with characteristic p it is true that
    (a+b)^p=a^p+b^p, you just use the binomial formula to see why all the cross terms cancel out. For instance \mathbb{Z}_p is an example of a field of characteristic p.
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    Yes sorry,
    This was a little bit dummy question, the actual issue was

    <br />
|\frac{(A-B)^s}{A^s-B^s}| \leq 1<br />

    <br />
A,B,s \in \mathbb{Z}<br />

    Which this is obvious for any A,B and for s>1

    Anyway thank you
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