Abstract algebra is the study of algebraic objects. Some of the more common algebraic objects are groups, rings, fields, vector spaces, modules, among other topics.

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What is the difference between submodules of $A/\mathfrak a$ as an $A$-module or as an $A/\mathfrak a$-module?

If $\mathfrak a$ is an ideal of unital commutative ring $A$, Then we can see to $A/\mathfrak a$ as an $A$ module or as an $A/\mathfrak a$ module. If $A=\mathbb Z$ there is no structure difference ...
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Show that every short exact sequence $0\rightarrow M' \rightarrow M \rightarrow M'' \rightarrow 0$ (with $M''$ free) is split exact

Note: $M,M',M''$ are modules. In order to show that it's split exact, I understand that I need to show that $\beta:M\rightarrow M''$ has a left inverse, and similarly that $\alpha:M'\rightarrow M$ ...
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recover (pontrjagin) ring structure from the localization (w.r.t. $\pi_0$)

Let $R$ be a ring and $S$ a given multiplicative subset of $R$. Suppose we know the multiplication structure of $S$. If we know the ring structure of $R[S^{-1}]$, the localization of $R$ with respect ...
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Permutation calculator

I am studying the Mathieu group $M_{12}$ on the twelve letters $\infty,7,6,8,X,2,0,3,4,1,9,5$ (in this specific order) in the form that it is generated by the permutations $(0123456789X)$, ...
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Proof that $\sqrt{3} \notin \mathbb{Q}(\theta)$ where $\theta^4-2=0$. [closed]

This is a problem in Robert Ash's lecture notes in Algebraic Number Theory. I have to prove that $\sqrt{3} \notin K=\mathbb{Q}(\theta)$ where $\theta^4-2=0$, using the fact that ...
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Can we always make a group? [duplicate]

Can we always find an operation on non-empty set, which create a group$?$ I cann't imagine, how not, but is it proof for that?
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6Sz as the automorphism group of the complex Leech lattice

Consider the Leech lattice as a complex lattice over the Eisenstein integers. Both in Conway ("Sphere packings, lattices and groups") and Wilson ("The Complex Leech Lattice and Maximal Subgroups of ...
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For a group epimorphism $f : G \to H$ with kernel $K$, prove that $G \simeq K \rtimes H$. Why is $G \simeq K\times H$ if $G$ is abelian? [on hold]

For a group epimorphism $f : G \to H$ with kernel $K$, prove that $G \simeq K \rtimes H$. Why is $G \simeq K\times H$ if $G$ is abelian? This question is from group theory in Abstract Algebra and ...
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Example of a ring with infinitely many zero divisors and finitely many invertible elements

I am preparing to my abstract algebra exam and I try to find an example of a ring with infinitely many zero divisors and finitely many invertible elements (rather simple if possible). Does it even ...
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Why is the commutator defined differently for groups and rings?

The commutator of two elements in a group is defined as $[g, h] = g^{−1}h^{−1}gh.$ In a ring, the commutator of two elements is $[a, b] = ab - ba.$ I'm asking because a ring is a (abelian) group ...
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Three polynomials as unknowns of an equation

If three polynomials $f,g,h\in\mathbb R[x]$ are such that $[f(x)]^2 –x[g(x)]^2+[h(x)]^2=0$, what can we conclude about $f, g, h$?
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classification of groups of order $4p, p\ge 5$, need help finding automorphism

So I've been working on this problem for my qual prep class, and I have it all down except for one detail. I'm doing it by semidirect products, and with the Sylow $p$ group normal, choosing the ...
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Projective general linear group on discrete valuation ring

Let $R$ be a complete discrete valuation ring and $k$ its residue field. Let $H$ be a finite subgroup of $PGL_2(k)$ such that its order is prime with char($k$). Is there some elementary way to show ...
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Covering groups

I am studying the Steiner system $S(5,6,12)$ and the ternary extended Golay code $\mathscr{C}_{12}$. The automorphism group of the Steiner system is the Mathieu group on twelve elements $M_{12}$ ...
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What motivates the definition of a ring in abstract algebra? [closed]

I've read a lot of questions about rings but I still don't know why they are useful/ I'm sure they are, but I don't know why. Are their properties somehow used in proofs or as foundations for ...
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Valuations on $\Bbb Q(t)$

Ex. $2.3.3$ in Algebraic Number Theory by Neukirch is the following: Let $k$ be a field and $K = k(t)$ the function field in one variable. Show that the valuations $v_{\mathfrak p} $ associated to ...
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There is no nontrivial ring homomorphism between two commutative rings with unity and characteristic of distinct primes

The following is an old exam question and the question is: Show that there is no nontrivial ring homomorphism between two commutative rings with identity if their characteristics are distinct primes. ...
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How can I prove irreducibility of polynomial over a finite field?

I want to prove what $x^{10} +x^3+1$ is irreducible over a field $\mathbb F_{2}$ and $x^5$ + $x^4 +x^3 + x^2 +x -1$ is reducible over $\mathbb F_{3}$. As far as I know Eisenstein criteria won't ...
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$M_1$, $M_2$ and $M_1\cap M_2$ injective imply $M_1+M_2$ is also injective?

Let $M$ be an $R$-module ($R$ is a ring with identity) and let $M_1$ and $M_2$ be two injective submodules such that $M_1\cap M_2$ is also injective. How to show $M_1+M_2$ is injective? If the ...
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Learning Galois theory - required subtopics that are prerequisite?

This is not a reference request, that is, I have access to many textbooks I am happy with. What I don't know is, what are the things I need to know to get started? My idea on the path of knowledge ...
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Fiber product of $f$ and $g$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb Z\oplus \mathbb Z_p$?

Let $p$ be a prime number. I'm supposed to show the fiber product (pullback) of the canonical projections $f:\mathbb Z\longrightarrow \mathbb Z_{p}$ and $g:\mathbb Z_{p^2}\longrightarrow \mathbb Z_p$ ...
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Proper formulation of one-to-one and onto proofs for group isomorphism

I have to construct an isomorphism for the two groups. I have the isomorphism itself but I'm not sure if my formulation is correct in regard to proving the mapping being 1-1 and onto and I don't want ...
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$A$ regular, $k'/k$ transcendental. How to prove that $A \otimes_k k'$ is regular?

Let $k$ be a field and $k'$ a purely transcendental extension of $k$. Let now $A$ be an integral finitely generated $k$-algebra. How to prove that if $A$ is regular then $A \otimes_k k'$ is also ...
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Question about an inverse limit.

Define a partial order on $\Bbb{N}$ to be $n \leq m$ iff $n = m $ or $n |m$ and there's a twin prime dividing $m$ and not $n$. It's easy to see that it's a poset. Define a system of abelian groups ...
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The subring of $k[x, y]$ generated by $\{x y^{i}: i\geq 0\}$ is not finitely generated over $k$ [duplicate]

Let $R$ be the subring of $k[x, y]$ generated by $\{x y^{i}: i\geq 0\}$. Can someone explain why $R$ is not finitely generated as a ring over $k$ (i.e. finitely generated as a $k$-algebra)? By ...
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Prime ideals in $R[x]$, $R$ a PID

Let $R$ be a PID. Show that if $r \in R$ and $$p = (r, \underline{f}(x), \underline{g}(x))$$ is prime, where $\underline{f}(x), \underline{g}(x) \in R[x]$ are nonconstant irreducible polynomials, ...
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Prime ideal $P$ of $\mathbb{Z}[x]$ such that $P \cap \mathbb{Z}=\{0\}$ is principal

The problem stated more precisely is this: Let $P$ be a prime ideal of $\mathbb{Z}[x]$ such that $P \cap \mathbb{Z} =\{0\}$. Show that $P$ is a principal ideal. I think there is a problem with my ...
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When a two-generated ideal of a noetherian integral domain have a finite projective resolution?

Let $R$ be a noetherian integral domain, and $I$ a non-zero ideal of $R$ which can be generated by two elements. (We do not know if $I$, considered as an $R$-module, is $R$-projective; maybe yes maybe ...
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Conjugates of Sylow $p$-groups in $GL_3(F_p)$

In this list of review questions, there is the following question about $GL_3(F_p)$. Question 1.38. Let $G$ be the group of invertible 3 × 3 matrices over $F_p$, for $p$ prime. What does basic ...
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Irreducible polynomial over $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta)$

Show that the polynomial $f(x)=x^5-2$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta)$, where $\zeta=e^{2\pi i/5}$. I tried show that the roots of polynomial $f(x)=x^5-2$, $$\sqrt[5]{2}, \zeta\sqrt[5]{2}, ...
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Projectivity of a (prime) ideal in a noetherian integral domain

Assume $R$ is a noetherian integral domain (and assume $R \neq k[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$), $I$ is a non-zero ideal of $R$ ($I$ is finitely generated, since $R$ is noetherian), and $I$ is not necessarily ...
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Prove $a_1a_2$ is commutative in ring $R$ if $a_1=a_2$ [closed]

I was attempting to prove that any element of a ring squared is commutative in any given ring, and didn't know where to begin with this.
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Create a field from set of 2 elements.

Can we always create a field from a set of at least $2$ elements? For addition I considered a function: $A\times A \rightarrow A$. If $a+b=b+a=a+a \rightarrow a $. If $b+b \rightarrow b$. Is it ...
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A game from Exercise in Artin's Algebra (Chapter 2 M.13)

I found an interesting problem in Chapter 2 for Artin's Algebra (2nd Ed) in the Miscellaneous section that I haven't been able to figure out. The text of the problem is quoted below. M.13 (a ...
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Noncommutative algebraic operation. [closed]

Can we always find a non-commutative algebraic operation in a non-empty set?
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Example of a Non-Graded Ideal in a Graded Ring

A ring $S$ is said to be graded if there are additive subgroups $S_0, S_1, S_2, \ldots$ such that $S=\bigoplus_{k\geq 0}S_k$ and $S_iS_j\subseteq S_{i+j}$ for all $i$ and $j$. An ideal $I$ in a ...
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If $R$ is a ring with identity and $a$ is a unit, prove that the equation $ax=b$ has a unique solution in $R$.

So, this was my initial proof: Assume $R$ is a ring, and $a,b\in R$ Let $x_1$ and $x_2$ be solutions of $ax=b$ Hence, $ax_1=b=ax_2 \Rightarrow ax_1-ax_2=0_R \Rightarrow a(x_1-x_2)=0_R$ Thus, we ...
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Prove that $|\operatorname{Aut}(G)| \leq \prod_{i=0}^{k}(n-2^i)$ [closed]

Suppose that $G$ is a group of order $n > 1$, prove that $$|\operatorname{Aut}(G)| \leq \prod_{i=0}^{k}(n-2^i)$$ where $k=\lfloor \log_2 (n-1)\rfloor$.
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Derived subgroup of $S_n$ and $D_n$

I know that Derived/Commutator subgroup of $S_3$ is $A_3$ and commutator subgroup of $D_4$ is cyclic of order $2$. But What about derived groups of $S_n$ and $D_n$? How can I calculate them?
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Showing that any field extension of a finite field is simple

We know that the multiplicative subgroup $F^\times$ of a finite field $F$ is cyclic. Use this to show that any field extension of a finite field is simple. Any clues?
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If $R$ is a commutative ring, the nilpotents form necessarily an ideal of $R$? [duplicate]

This is an algebra question from an exam a few years ago: Let $R$ be a ring, and let $N = \{a \in R: a^n = 0 \text{ for some } n \in \mathbb{N}, (n \text{ depends on } a) \}$. Prove or disprove: ...
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Direct sum of algebras [closed]

I was wondering if we have an algebra $$A=F_p[h_1, …, h_n] \oplus F_p[h_1, …, h_n] g$$ for all $p$, can we have the direct sum over Z? Thanks
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What is a relation (finitely related module)?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finitely-generated_module#Finitely_presented.2C_finitely_related.2C_and_coherent_modules I've understood the first part of the definition. Then, "M is isomorphic to ...
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I have to show it is isomorphic to $K = GF(p^{kd})$ [closed]

Suppose $F = GF(p^k)$ is a finite field. I know $F[C]$ is a field extension of $F$ with degree $d = \deg m$, and I have to show it is isomorphic to $K = GF(p^{kd})$ (where $C$ is a companion matrix ...
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Can one decompose any ring into a (possibly infinite) product of indecomposable rings?

Let $R$ be a ring. Do there exist indecomposable rings $R_i$, $i\in I$, such that $R={\prod}_{i\in I} R_i$?
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Unsolvability of a Quintic and its link with “Simplicity” of $A_{5}$

At the outset I must mention that I don't have a fairly working knowledge of Galois Theory (but do have some idea of group theory in the sense that I can understand normal subgroups). I read the ...
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Intermediate “prime” extensions [Rotman]

Problem Assume $F$ contains the $k$th roots of unity, and let $R=F(\alpha)$, where $\alpha$ is a root of $x^k-a$ for some $a\in F$. Prove that there exist intermediate fields $$F=K_0\subset ...
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Global dimension of an intermediate ring

Assume $A \subseteq B \subseteq C$ are noetherian integral domains, where $A$ and $C$ have the same finite global dimension $n$. Also assume that $C$ is a finitely generated $B$-algebra and $B$ is a ...
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Group $G$ whose center $Z(G)$ is cyclic and with $G/Z(G)$ commutative

I have some issue to solve following exercise. The exercise is from a French book on Algebra (cours d'Algèbre) from Jean Querré. The book is from the 1970's. If the center $Z(G)$ of a group $G$ is ...
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Number of Cosets of Intersection of Subgroups

Similar question has been asked on SE before but the problem statement is usually more specific and gives more information (in particular, tells you what to prove), but this problem asks to prove or ...