# to prove that the set consisting of all zero divisors in a commutative ring with unity contains at least one prime ideal

im asked to prove that the set consisting of all zero divisors in a commutative ring with unity contains at least one prime ideal.

i cant even start in the proof , ive just defined my set but cant move on construction the ideal !

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Nice Question.. Integral domain has $(??)$ as prime ideal... Can you see how and can you think of what would be the case of general commutative ring? – Praphulla Koushik Jan 4 '14 at 16:59
@PraphullaKoushik for integral domains (p) is a prime ideal iff p is a prime number, then? – Enas Jan 4 '14 at 17:10
Check to see that your set is an ideal, then use the fact that $R/I$ is an integral domain if and only if $I$ is prime. By the way I think there are integral domains with prime ideals not generated by a single prime. It holds for principal ideal domains though. – user111013 Jan 4 '14 at 17:19

2. In a commutative ring with identity, minimal primes consist entirely of zero divisors (I use the convention that $0$ is a zero divisor here.)