Divisors of One

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Theorem

The only divisors of $1$ are $1$ and $-1$.

That is:

$a \divides 1 \iff a = \pm 1$


Proof

Necessary Condition

Let $a = \pm 1$.

From Integer Divides Itself‎ we have that $1 \divides 1$.

From Integer Divides its Negative we have that $-1 \divides 1$.

$\Box$


Sufficient Condition

Let $\exists a \in \Z: a \divides 1$.

Then $\exists c \in \Z: a c = 1$.

From Absolute Value of Product we have that:

$\size a \cdot \size c = \size 1$

Neither $a$ nor $c$ can be zero, from Integers form Integral Domain.

So $\size a \ge 1$ and $\size c \ge 1$.

But if $\size a > 1$ then:

$\size a \cdot \size c > \size c$

and so:

$\size a \cdot \size c > 1$

So:

$\size a = 1$

that is:

$a = 1$ or $a = -1$

$\blacksquare$


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