The practical computation of areas associated with binary quartic forms

Author:
Michael A. Bean

Journal:
Math. Comp. **66** (1997), 1269-1293

MSC (1991):
Primary 11D75, 51M25; Secondary 11-04, 11E76, 11H06, 33C05, 51M16

MathSciNet review:
1397439

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Abstract: We derive formulas for practically computing the area of the region defined by a binary quartic form . These formulas, which involve a particular hypergeometric function, are useful when estimating the number of lattice points in certain regions of the type and will likely find application in many contexts. We also show that for forms of arbitrary degree, the maximal size of the area of the region , normalized with respect to the discriminant of and taken with respect to the number of conjugate pairs of , increases as the number of conjugate pairs decreases; and we give explicit numerical values for these normalized maxima when is a quartic form.

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**Michael A. Bean**

Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Email:
mbean@math.lsa.umich.edu

DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0025-5718-97-00815-6

Keywords:
Elliptic integral,
hypergeometric function,
Thue inequality

Received by editor(s):
August 2, 1994

Received by editor(s) in revised form:
February 14, 1996

Article copyright:
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American Mathematical Society