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I'm studying UProve, and one of the fundamental components of this technology is based upon the relationship between

i^Q mod P = 1

Lacking a specific name I can call this mathematical relationship, where can I learn more about this equation?

I've heard that not only will the equation equal one, but there are instances it may equal P.

PS - I'm not sure how to tag this so your feedback is welcome, or let me know if this is better on the math.SE

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"the relationship between" that equality and what? $\:$ –  Ricky Demer Mar 13 '13 at 23:57
    
@RickyDemer Just as there is something called the Discreet Logarithm problem that's used in crypto, I think this has a name in the crypto world. I'm short on meaningful vocabulary but think this has 1) a name, 2) a context it's considered useful , 3) Other proofs that may make it useful in various applications. –  makerofthings7 Mar 14 '13 at 0:01
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It is useful, but I don't think it has a name. $\;\;$ If $Q$ is prime and $\: \text{mod}(i,P) \neq 1 \:$ and your equality holds, then "$i$ generates a subgroup of $\mathbb{Z}_P^*$ with order $Q$". $\;\;\;\;$ –  Ricky Demer Mar 14 '13 at 0:08
    
Thank you @RickyDemer . I'm not familiar with the symbols ℤ∗P let alone how to type it correctly in Markup. Rather than bore this forum with these questions (unless it's on-topic), what should I learn (where should I learn it) to speak this language? –  makerofthings7 Mar 14 '13 at 14:24
    
You should learn group theory and read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplicative_group_of_integers_modulo_n $\:$ –  Ricky Demer Mar 15 '13 at 17:49
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