**EC Cryptography Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples** - Version 1.00, by Dr. Herong Yang

Algebraic Description of Elliptic Curve Addition

This section provides an algebraic description of the problem of calculating the addition operation defined on an elliptic curve.

In the previous chapter, we have discussed elliptic curves and an "addition" operation from a geometric point of view. In this chapter, let's look at them from an algebraic point of view. This should help us calculate the "addition" operation using algebraic formulas.

First, let's describe the "addition" operation problem in algebraic terms:

For a given elliptic curve represented as: y^{2}= x^{3}+ ax + b And two given points on the curve represented as: P = (x_{P}, y_{P}) Q = (x_{Q}, y_{Q}) Find a third point on the curved represented as: R = (x_{R}, y_{R}) So that R is the result of the addition operation of P and Q as defined by our geometrical algorithm: R = P + Q

Here is a diagram that illustrates how to perform the point addition operation on an elliptic curve geometrically (source: stackoverflow.com):

It will be easier to find the algebraic solution, if we divide the problem into multiple cases:

- Case 1: P and Q are symmetrical points.
- Case 2: P or Q is the infinity point.
- Case 3: P and Q are the same point.
- Case 4: P and Q are two distinct points.

See next tutorials on algebraic solutions for those cases.

Last update: 2019.

Table of Contents

Geometric Introduction to Elliptic Curves

►Algebraic Introduction to Elliptic Curves

►Algebraic Description of Elliptic Curve Addition

Algebraic Solution for Symmetrical Points

Algebraic Solution for the Infinity Point

Algebraic Solution for Point Doubling

Algebraic Solution for Distinct Points

Elliptic Curves with Singularities

Elliptic Curve Point Addition Example

Elliptic Curve Point Doubling Example

Abelian Group and Elliptic Curves

Discrete Logarithm Problem (DLP)

Generators and Cyclic Subgroups

tinyec - Python Library for ECC

ECDH (Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman) Key Exchange

ECDSA (Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm)