Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Loyola University Maryland

Department Seminar

Diagonal Forms Over the p-Adic Numbers

Dr. Michael Knapp

Loyola University Maryland

September 27, 2017

Room: 133 Cohn Hall


In this talk, we'll study conditions which guarantee that a diagonal homogeneous polynomial has a zero over a field of p-adic numbers. I'll begin by giving an overview of what the p-adic numbers are and how they are constructed, mentioning in particular some properties of p-adic numbers which differ from those of the real numbers. Then I'll talk about homogeneous polynomials over the p-adics and present some theorems. I may outline some proofs, but in general this presentation will focus on ideas rather than technical details.

This talk will be accessible to Juniors and Seniors.

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