# No integer solutions to x^10 + px^9 - qx^7 + rx^4 - s = 0

#### the undertaker

Prove that if p,q,r and s are odd integers, then this equation has no integer roots:

x^10 + px^9 - qx^7 + rx^4 - s = 0

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#### Soroban

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Hello, the undertaker!

I baby-talked my way through it . . .

Prove that if $$\displaystyle p,q,r, s$$ are odd integers,

then: .$$\displaystyle x^{10} + px^9 - qx^7 + rx^4 - s \:=\: 0$$ .has no integer roots.

Note that:

An even integer raised to any positive integral power is even: .$$\displaystyle \text{(even)}^n \:=\:\text{even}$$

An odd integer raised to any positive integral power is odd: .$$\displaystyle \text{(odd)}^n \:=\:\text{odd}$$

We have: .$$\displaystyle \bigg[x^{10} + px^9 + rx^4\bigg] - \bigg[qx^7 + s\bigg] \;=\;0$$

Suppose $$\displaystyle x$$ is even.

We have: .$$\displaystyle \bigg[(even)^{10} + p(even)^9 + r(even)^4\bigg] - \bigg[q(even)^7 + (odd)\bigg] \;=\;0$$

. . . . . . . . . $$\displaystyle \underbrace{\bigg[(even) + (even) + (even)\bigg]}_{\text{(even)}} - \underbrace{\bigg[(even) + (odd)\bigg]}_{\text{(odd)}} \;=\;0$$

And the difference of an even number and an odd number cannot be zero.

Suppose $$\displaystyle x$$ is odd.

We have: .$$\displaystyle \bigg[(odd)^{10} + p(odd)^9 + r(odd)^4\bigg] - \bigg[r(odd)^4 + (odd)\bigg] \;=\;0$$

. . . . . . . . . $$\displaystyle \underbrace{\bigg[(odd) + (odd) + (odd)\bigg]}_{\text{(odd)}} - \underbrace{\bigg[(odd) + (odd)\bigg]}_{\text{(even)}} \;=\;0$$

And the difference of an odd number and an even number cannot be zero.

• Bacterius

#### Bacterius

Geez, that was awesome Soroban. Such a simple technique for such a seemingly intractable problem ! Too bad I can't triple-thank you for this one.

The only improvement I can suggest is putting the "even" and "odd" tags between \mathrm{}, like $$\displaystyle \mathrm{even}$$.

Otherwise, (Clapping)