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Rational Points in Arithmetic Progressions on $y^2=x^n+k$


Published:20110331
Printed: Mar 2012
Maciej Ulas,
Jagiellonian University, Institute of Mathematics, 30  348 Kraków, Poland
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Abstract
Let $C$ be a hyperelliptic curve given by the equation $y^2=f(x)$
for $f\in\mathbb{Z}[x]$ without multiple roots. We say that points
$P_{i}=(x_{i}, y_{i})\in C(\mathbb{Q})$ for $i=1,2,\dots, m$ are in
arithmetic progression if the numbers $x_{i}$ for $i=1,2,\dots, m$
are in arithmetic progression.
In this paper we show that there exists a polynomial $k\in\mathbb{Z}[t]$
with the property that on the elliptic curve $\mathcal{E}':
y^2=x^3+k(t)$ (defined over the field $\mathbb{Q}(t)$) we can find four
points in arithmetic progression that are independent in the group
of all $\mathbb{Q}(t)$rational points on the curve $\mathcal{E}'$. In
particular this result generalizes earlier results of Lee and
V\'{e}lez. We also show that if $n\in\mathbb{N}$ is odd,
then there are infinitely many $k$'s with the property that on
curves $y^2=x^n+k$ there are four rational points in arithmetic
progressions. In the case when $n$ is even we can find infinitely
many $k$'s such that on curves $y^2=x^n+k$ there are six rational
points in arithmetic progression.