The problem of finding rational or integral points of an elliptic curve basically boils down to solving a cubic equation. We look closely at the cubic formula of Cardano to find a criterion for a cubic polynomial to have a rational or integral roots. Also we show that existence of a rational root of a cubic polynomial implies existence of a solution for certain Diophantine equation. As an application we find some integral solutions of some special type for .
cubic equation;rational solution;integral point of an elliptic curve;
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