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Small Fractional Parts of Polynomials
Wolfgang M. Schmidt
A co-publication of the AMS and CBMS.

CBMS Regional Conference Series in Mathematics
1977; 41 pp; softcover
Number: 32
ISBN-10: 0-8218-3880-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-3880-8
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Order Code: CBMS/32.D
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Knowledge about fractional parts of linear polynomials is fairly satisfactory. Knowledge about fractional parts of nonlinear polynomials is not so satisfactory. In these notes the author starts out with Heilbronn's Theorem on quadratic polynomials and branches out in three directions. In Sections 7-12 he deals with arbitrary polynomials with constant term zero. In Sections 13-19 he takes up simultaneous approximation of quadratic polynomials. In Sections 20-21 he discusses special quadratic polynomials in several variables.

There are many open questions: in fact, most of the results obtained in these notes ar almost certainly not best possible. Since the theory is not in its final form including the most general situation, i.e. simultaneous fractional parts of polynomials in several variables of arbitary degree. On the other hand, he has given all proofs in full detail and at a leisurely pace.

For the first half of this work, only the standard notions of an undergraduate number theory course are required. For the second half, some knowledge of the geometry of numbers is helpful.

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