The **reduction type** of an elliptic curve $E$ defined over $\mathbb Q$ at a prime $p$
depends on the reduction $\tilde E$ of $E$ modulo $p$. This reduction is constructed by taking a minimal Weierstrass equation for $E$ and reducing its coefficients modulo $p$ to obtain a curves over $\mathbb F_p$. The reduced curve is either smooth (non-singular) or has a unique singular point.

$E$ has **good reduction** at $p$ if $\tilde E$ is non-singular over $\mathbb F_p$. The reduction type is **good ordinary ** if $\tilde E$ is ordinary (equivalently, if $\tilde E(\overline{\F_p})$ has non-trivial $p$-torsion) and **good supersingular** otherwise. The coefficient $a(p)$ of the L-function $L(E,s)$ is divisible by $p$ if the reduction is supersingular and not if it is ordinary.

$E$ has **bad reduction** at $p$ if $\tilde E$ is singular over $\mathbb F_p$. In this case the reduction type is further classified according to the nature of the singularity. In all cases the singularity is a double point.

$E$ has **multiplicative reduction** at $p$ if $\tilde E$ has a **nodal** singularity: the singular point is a node, with distinct tangents. It is called **split** if the two tangents are defined over $\mathbb F_p$ and **non-split** otherwise. The coefficient $a(p)$ of $L(E,s)$ is $1$ if the reduction is split and $-1$ if it is non-split.

$E$ has **additive reduction** at $p$ if $\tilde E$ has a **cuspidal** singularity: the singular point is a cusp, with only one tangent. In this case $a(p)=0$.

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