We compute equations for the families of elliptic curves 9-congruent to a given elliptic curve. We use these to find infinitely many non-trivial pairs of 9-congruent elliptic curves over ℚ, i.e. pairs of non-isogenous elliptic curves over ℚ whose 9-torsion subgroups are isomorphic as Galois modules.

We perform descent calculations for the families of elliptic curves over $Q$ with
a rational point of order $n=5$ or 7. These calculations give an estimate for the Mordell-Weil rank which we relate to the parity conjecture. We exhibit explicit elements of the Tate-Shafarevich group of order 5 and 7, and show that the 5-torsion of the Tate-Shafarevich group of an elliptic curve over $Q$ may become arbitrarily large.

We report on a large-scale project to investigate the ranks of elliptic curves in a quadratic twist family, focussing on the congruent number curve. Our methods to exclude candidate curves include 2-Selmer, 4-Selmer, and 8-Selmer tests, the use of the Guinand-Weil explicit formula, and even 3-descent in a couple of cases. We find that rank 6 quadratic twists are reasonably common (though still quite difficult to find), while rank 7 twists seem much more rare. We also describe our inability to find...

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