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

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Question about comultiplication

I have a question about comultiplication for coalgebras: Suppose $C$ is a coalgebra over the field $k$. How does one show that the comultiplication map $\Delta:C\to C\otimes C$ is a coalgebra map if ...
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Lattices as invertible module

Let $E$ be an etale algebra over $\mathbb{Q}$. In other words, $E$ is a finite sum of number fields. Let $L$ be a lattice in $E$, and $R$ the order associated to $L$. More explicitly, $$R=\{ e\in ...
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“Convex” polynomials

Let me define "convex" polynomials, as the smallest class $\mathcal{C}$ of functions $p:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined (inductively) as: UPDATED (case 0 was missing): 0) $p(x)=x$, i.e., ...
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Relationship between representations of $\mathfrak{sl}_{2n}\mathbb{C}$ and $\mathfrak{sp}_{2n}\mathbb{C}$

If $V=\mathbb{C}^{2n}$ denotes the standard representation of $\mathfrak{sl}_{2n}\mathbb{C}$, what can we say about $\wedge^kV$ in terms of the standard representation $W$ of ...
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Show that $ord(ab) | \frac{mn}{\gcd(m,n)}$ and $\frac{mn}{\gcd(m,n)^2}|ord(ab)$.

Suppose $G$ is an abelian group. Define $ord(a)=m$ and $ord(b)=n$ where $a,b \in G$. Show that $ord(ab) | \dfrac{mn}{\gcd(m,n)}$ and $\dfrac{mn}{\gcd(m,n)^2}|ord(ab)$. Since ...
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Mackey criterion for normal subgroups

I am wondering how Mackey's criterion works for arbitrary fields. If there is a representation $\vartheta$ of a subgroup of $G$, then the induced representation $\operatorname{Ind}(\vartheta)$ is ...
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Minimal polynomial of a finite purely inseparable field extension

Given $F$, a field with characteristic $p > 0$, and a finite purely inseparable field extension $E$. Then prove that the minimal polynomial $f(x)$ of any $\alpha \in E\backslash F$ will be of the ...
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Classification of $n \times n$ matrix in which each two components differ in each row and column up to automorphism

Suppose, we define a class $A$ of $n \times n$ matrix as follows: $$\text{In each Row }i, \text{for any} j,k\ (1 \leq j,k \leq n )\ a_{ij} \neq a_{ik} $$ $$\text{In each Column }l, \text{for any } ...
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Determining whether or not an extension is a splitting field

On an exam for my modern algebra class, we were asked to determine whether or not $\Bbb{Q}\left(\alpha\right)$ is the splitting field (here using the convention that splitting field means the smallest ...
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An explicit $\Lambda_R^\ell(M)$ when $M$ is not free

Let $\Lambda_R^n(M)$ be the nth exterior power of an $R$-module $M$. Let us assume $M$ is finitely generated. When $M$ if free, say, $M=R^{\oplus d}$, we know \begin{equation} \Lambda_R^n(M)\cong ...
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Proofs of The Fundamental Theorem of Symmetric Polynomials

I have been considering a few proofs of this theorem, and I noticed that a few of them (for example Proof 1, and Proof 2) prove the theorem first for homogeneous symmetric polynomials and then ...
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Möbius transformations form a simple group

How to show the group $M$ of Möbius transformations is a simple group? I know: $SL_2(\mathbb C)/\{+I,-I\}\cong M$ then if $A \lhd M \implies \phi^{-1}(A) \lhd SL_2(\mathbb C)/\{+I,-I\}$. So if ...
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Quotient-lifting properties

I borrowed this terminology from K. Conrad's article on series of subgroups, in which he discusses solvability of groups. This property of certain groups satisfies Let $N\triangleleft G$. Then ...
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Separability of finitely generated projectives over commutative ring

A class $\mathcal{C}$ of $R$-modules is called -separative if $A \oplus A \simeq A \oplus B \simeq B \oplus B$ implies $A \simeq B$ for each $A,B \in \mathcal{C}$ -cancelative if $A \oplus C \simeq ...
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Algebraic Morse theory

In 2005, prof. Emil Skoldberg developed a theory, similar to Forman's Discrete Morse Theory, but suited for arbitrary based chain complexes, in his Morse Theory from an algebraic viewpoint. I'm going ...
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What is the relationship between solvable, nilpotent and transfer homomorphism?

I know some facts such as: Nilpotent groups are solvable, $p$-groups are nilpotent, a finite group whose order is a product of distinct primes is solvable, and finite groups are nilpotent if and only ...
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Examples of exact couples of abelian groups

Exact couples are really important when defining spectral sequences. However, I have never really seen a simple non-trivial example of two exact couples of abelian group with a morphism between them. ...
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On the Nakayama functor

Let $A$ be a finite dimensional $k$-algebra with 1. Denote by $_AP$ the category of projective left $A$-modules finite dimensional. And with $_AI$ the category of injective left $A$-modules finite ...
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Profinite group power map

I am working through some exercises in Neukirch's Algebraic number theory and i need some hints for exercise 1 pg 274, it goes as follows: Let $G$ be a profinite group, show that we can extend the ...
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Are there any infinite dimensional subalgebras of the Witt algebra?

The Lie bracket of elements of the Witt algebra is given by: $[L_m,L_n]=(m-n)L_{m+n}$ Are there any infinite dimensional subalgebras of the Witt algebra that are not isomorphic to the Witt algebra ...
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Split short exact sequences and the associated graded algebra

Let $G$ be a group and $K$ be a field. Let $K(G)$ be the group ring and $I$ be its augmentation ideal. You are given that there exists a section of the projection $\pi_s:I^s\to I^s/I^{s+1}$ for all ...
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Ext in Dedekind domains

I know and can prove that $\operatorname{Ext}_Z^1(\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z},A) \simeq A/pA$. Does similar formula work for more general rings, such as Dedekind domains and their ideals, i.e. ...
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Zero divisors in modules?

Let $R$ be a ring. I find myself considering $M=R^n$, as an $R$-module. If $a$ is not a zero divisor in $R$, it holds that $\forall x \in M: ax=0 \Rightarrow a=0 \vee x=0$ . For what kinds of ...
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Correspondence between summands of a module and primitive idempotents of the endomorphism ring of the module

I am reading this paper and have the following questions. Let $A$ be a finite-dimensional algebra over a fixed field $k$. Let the finitely-generated $A$-module $M$ be a generator–cogenerator for ...
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Curve - non singular curve and its genus

Help me please with this problem:$ X \subset \mathbb{P}^{2}$ defined as $x^{3}y+y^{3}z+z^{3}x=0$ 1.Prove X - non singular curve and find its genus. 2.Prove X - maximal curve over $F_{8}$ field, and ...
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Matrix group as subgroup of $GL(n,\mathbb{R})$ or $GL(n,\mathbb{C}$)?

As far as I understand, one has (at least?) two choices to introduce infinite matrix groups: Either, one can say they are all subgroups of the general linear group over the complex numbers numbers ...
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Is there a formula for $|\langle H\cup K\rangle|$, if $H$ and $K$ are nonempty subsets of a finite group $G$?

I know that if $H$ and $K$ are subgroups of a finite group $G$, then $|HK|=\frac{|H||K|}{|H\cap K|}$. Is there a formula for $|\langle H\cup K\rangle|$, if $H$ and $K$ are nonempty subsets of a ...
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Homogeneous polynomial in $n$ variables of degree greater than $n(n-1)$ is in the ideal generated by the elementary symmetric polynomials

Let $f(x_1,...,x_n) \in \mathbb{Z}[x_1,...,x_n]$ be homogeneous of degree $d>n(n-1)$, i.e. $f$ is the sum of monomials of degree $d$. I am looking for a hint to prove that $f$ is in the ideal ...
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What does a Cayley table tell?

Other than showing if a group is abelian and the order of the group, what else does a Cayley table indicate?
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How do I find the orbits given the ring of invariants?

Suppose I have a group $G$ acting linearly on a vector space $V$ and I know the ring of invariants $K[V]^{G}$ (i.e., I know the subring of $K[V]$ which is fixed pointwise under the induced action). My ...
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The cohomology of finite $G$-modules

This is to some extent a continuation of an earlier question of mine. Now that I'm all cleared up on what it means for a finite group to have periodic cohomology, I have another question; first I will ...
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Is there an integral domain with a lot of residue fields of the same characteristic?

Is there a commutative integral domain $R$ in which: every nonzero prime ideal $Q$ is maximal, and for every prime power $q\equiv 3 \bmod 8$, there is a maximal ideal $Q$ of $R$ such ...
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A finite length module is the direct sum of the image and kernel of a projection-like endomorphism

I have a question about abelian groups (or rather $X$-groups): Suppose $A$ is an abelian group (or rather an $X$-group) which is artinian and noetherian. $f$ is an endomorphism (or rather an ...
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Ramification group of valuations - need terminology

I am lost and need some terminology (also hopefully sources). Let $L/K$ be a Galois extension, and $w$ be a valuation of a $L$, lying above a valuation $v$ of $K$. Notice that I do not suppose that ...
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what is the “largest” abelian subgroup of SL(2,Z)?

I suppose "largest" is a bit of a nebulous term, so to make it precisely, I suppose I could ask for the largest size of a minimal generating set of an abelian subgroup's image in $PSL(2,\mathbb{Z})$. ...
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Creating Bratteli diagrams for Riesz groups

The Effros-Handelman-Shen-theorem tells you that Riesz groups are the same as dimension groups -- i.e. any ordered, unperforated abelian group with the Riesz interpolation property can be realised as ...
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Henselization of the ring of polynomials

I am trying to understand example of Henselization from wiki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henselian_ring#Henselization It says that Henselization of the ring of polynomials localized at point $(0, ...
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How to calculate the ideal class group of a quadratic number field?

The books I use to study Algebraic Number Theory are rather thin on the ground with concrete examples, so I make my own and check the results with Sage. To get some more hands on experience I want ...
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In how many different ways can one color the vertices of a regular pentagon into four colors?

I am trying to find the number of ways to color a pentagon with 4 colors up to symmetries. I know that I should be using Burnside's Theorem, and so far I know that the group $D_5$ should act on the ...
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When do (universal-algebraic) varieties have (enough) injectives?

Following Zhen Lin's suggestion in my previous question, I ask this question separately. Suppose $\mathcal{V}$ is a variety in the sense of universal algebra. considered as a category. When does ...
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On polynomials over finite fields?

Pick prime $q\in\Bbb Z$ such that $q>B^{3t}>(mB)^{2t}$. Suppose I have a multilinear polynomial $g(x)\in \Bbb Z[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ of degree $t$ with $m^t$ non-zero coefficients that bound by ...
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Can we show it without involving that $V=V^{**}$ are canonically isomorph?

My text proves the following Theorem. Let $V$ be a vector space over $F$ and $B=\{ v_1, \ldots , v_n \}$ a basis of $V$. Then there is exactly one basis $B^*=\{ f_1, \ldots , f_n \}$ of $V^*$ with ...
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Presentation of group equal to trivial group

Problem: Show that the group given by the presentation $<x,y,z \mid xyx^{-1}y^{-2}\, , \, yzy^{-1}z^{-2}\, , \, zxz^{-1}x^{-2}>$ is equivalent to the trivial group. I have tried all sorts ...
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Showing that $U$ is a normal subgroup of $N_G(U)$

I am given a group $G$, a subgroup $H \le G$ and the normalizer of $U$ in $G$, $N_g(U) = \{ g \in G: U^g = g^{-1}Ug = U\}$. I am asked to prove that $U$ is a normal subgroup of $N_G(U)$. Isn't this ...
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Let $G$ denote an arbitrary group. Prove: The center of any group $G$ is a normal subgroup of $G$

Let $G$ denote an arbitrary group. Prove: The center of any group $G$ is a normal subgroup of $G$ Let $G$ be a group and $C$ the center, i.e., for any $a \in C$ and any $x \in G$, $xa=ax$. So, ...
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About motivation of Lang's Proof $S_n$ is not solvable for $n\geq 5$.

In Lang, he proves that $S_n$ is not solvable if $n\geq 5$ by using following observation. If $N\unlhd H\leq G$, H contains every 3-cycle, and if $H/N$ is abelian, then H contains every 3-cycle. Where ...
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A group of order $12$, which has no subgroups of order $6$

Assume $G$ is a group of order $12$ having no subgroup of order $6$, and let $h_1,h_2\in G$ distinct of order $2$, prove that their product must be also of order $2$ ? Suppose $(h_1h_2)^3=e_G$ ...
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Count how many “free words” of a certain length reduce to the identity

Let $F_n$ be the free group with $n$ generators $g_1,\ldots,g_n$. I'm trying to settle the following: Question. For a fixed even integer $m$, is there a systematic way to count how many words ...
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Group Theory Research Topics [advice]

I'm currently a Senior Mathematics student in the US. I'm interested in Abstract Algebra, specifically Group Theory (I've taken a course that dealt entirely with Fields, but I enjoy Groups a bit more) ...
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Prove that an equation has no elementary solution

There are methods proving that a polynomial isn't solvable in radical extensions (see Abel–Ruffini theorem) or proving that an integral or a differential equation has no solutions expressible through ...