Questions about commutative rings, their ideals, and their modules.

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Surjective endomorphisms of finitely generated modules are isomorphisms

My Problem: Let $M$ be a finitely generated $A$-module and $T$ an endomorphism. I want to show that if $T$ is surjective then it is invertible. My attempt: Let $m_1,...,m_n$ be the generators of ...
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Does inclusion of a ring into a polynomial ring induce a closed map on prime spectra?

Let $A$ be a commutative (unital) ring, and $A[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$ a polynomial ring over it in some finite number of variables. The inclusion $i\colon A \hookrightarrow A[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$ induces (by ...
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Hom and tensor with a flat module

Let $A$ be a commutative noetherian ring. Let $M, N$ be $A$-modules, and assume that $M$ is finite over $A$. Let $P$ be a flat $A$-module. Is it true that there is an isomorphism ...
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Primary ideals of Noetherian rings which are not irreducible

It is known that all prime ideals are irreducible (meaning that they cannot be written as an finite intersection of ideals properly containing them). While for Noetherian rings an irreducible ideal is ...
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Showing a UFD which is not a PID must have a nonprincipal maximal ideal.

Given that $R$ is a UFD which is not a PID, I want to show that $R$ must have a nonprincipal maximal ideal. I tried several methods, including Zorn's lemma but didn't get anywhere. Any suggestions ...
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$B\otimes_A A[x]=B[x]$

Let $A\rightarrow B$ be a homomorphism of commutative rings. Then $B\otimes_A A[x]\cong B[x]$ as $B$-algebras. How can one demonstrate this nicely, i.e. using universal properties alone and the Yoneda ...
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If $M\oplus M$ is free, is $M$ free?

If $M$ is a module over a commutative ring $R$ with $1$, does $M\oplus M$ free, imply $M$ is free? I thought this should be true but I can't remember why, and I haven't managed to come up with a ...
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Coprime elements in finite rings

Let $R$ be a finite commutative ring. Consider elements $a,b \in R$ such that $Ra+Rb=R$. A paper I'm reading asserts that there exists some $x,y \in R$ such that $x(a+yb) = 1$. Of course, it ...
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Examples of rings with ideal lattice isomorphic to $M_3$, $N_5$

In thinking about this recent question, I was reading about distributive lattices, and the Wikipedia article includes a very interesting characterization: A lattice is distributive if and only if ...
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Preimaging units to units

I'm interested in (unity-preserving) homomorphisms $f: S \to T$ between (commutative, with-unity) rings $S$ and $T$ so that if $f(x)$ is a unit, then $x$ was a unit to start with. For example, an ...
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Polynomials invariant under the action of $S_m \times S_n$

The polynomial ring $\mathbb{C}[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$ has a maximal subring invariant under the action of $S_n$ on the variables. This is the ring of symmetric polynomials. Suppose we have ...
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Why is $O_K\otimes \mathbb{Z}_p\cong \oplus_{\mathfrak{p}|p}O_{K,\mathfrak{p}}$?

In my old number theory notebook this is stated as a fact. However, I ran into problems when I tried to prove it. First let me state the (supposed) theorem accurately: Theorem (?) Let $K$ be a ...
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When some polynomials in $\mathbb Z[X]$ determine a regular sequence in $\mathbb Z[X_1,\dots,X_n]$?

Let $f_1,\dots,f_n\in\mathbb Z[X]$ be non-constant polynomials (not necessarily distinct). Is it true that $f_1(X_1),\dots,f_n(X_n)$ is a regular sequence in $\mathbb Z[X_1,\dots,X_n]$? The ...
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Homomorphisms of graded modules

Let $M$ and $N$ be graded $R$-modules (with $R$ a graded ring). $\varphi:M\rightarrow N$ is a homogeneous homomorphism of degree $i$ if $\varphi(M_n)\subset N_{n+i}$. Denote by $\mathrm{Hom}_i(M,N)$ ...
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Number of prime ideals of a ring

Could anyone tell me how to find the number of distinct prime ideals of the ring $$\mathbb{Q}[x]/\langle x^m-1\rangle,$$ where $m$ is a positive integer say $4$, or $5$? What result/results I need to ...
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Show $\mathbb{Q}[x,y]/\langle x,y \rangle$ is Not Projective as a $\mathbb{Q}[x,y]$-Module.

Disclaimer: Though I have been re-reading my notes, and have scanned the relevant texts, my commutative algebra is quite rusty, so I may be overlooking something basic. I want to show $\mathbb{Q} ...
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A finite commutative ring with the property that every element can be written as product of two elements is unital

I was struggling for days with this nice problem: Let $A$ be a finite commutative ring such that every element of $A$ can be written as product of two elements of $A$. Show that $A$ has a ...
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Why is $\operatorname{Hom}(M,N)$ not necessarily an $R$ module?

Let $R$ be a ring, and $M,N$ be left $R-$modules. Then is it not true that $Hom_R(M,N)$ has the structure of an $R$-module? I was reading the preface of the Homological Algebra book by Rotman and ...
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Ring of holomorphic functions

Am I correct or not? I think that a ring of holomorphic functions in one variable is not a UFD, because there are holomorphic functions with an infinite number of $0$'s, and hence it will have an ...
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Prove that $\mathbb{C}[x,y] \ncong \mathbb{C}[x]\oplus\mathbb{C}[y]$

Prove that $\mathbb{C}[x,y] \ncong \mathbb{C}[x]\oplus\mathbb{C}[y]$ $\mathbb{C}[x,y]$ is the polynomial ring of two variables over $\mathbb{C}$. I guess that we can consider images of $xy$ and ...
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$A^m\hookrightarrow A^n$ implies $m\leq n$ for a ring $A\neq 0$

I'm trying to prove that if $A\neq 0$ is a commutative ring and there is an injective $A$-module homomorphism $A^m\hookrightarrow A^n$ then $m\leq n$ must necessarily hold. This is exercise 2.11 ...
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Must $k$-subalgebra of $k[x]$ be finitely generated?

Suppose $k$ is a field, $A$ is a $k$-subalgebra of the polynomial ring $k[x]$. Must $A$ be a finitely generated $k$-algebra? Thanks.
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When to use Zorn's Lemma

I was looking at an exercise this morning which I was able to reduce to showing that the nilradical is the the intersection of the prime ideals in a ring -- a fact I remembered was true, but which I ...
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Spectrum of $R[x]$

The spectrum of $\Bbb Z[x]$ is well known : a prime ideal of $\Bbb Z[x]$ is or $(Q, p)$, with $Q \in \Bbb Z[x]$ zero or irreducible modulo $p$, and $p$ prime or zero. If I'm not mistaken, we have a ...
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Does an injective endomorphism of a finitely-generated free R-module have nonzero determinant?

Alternately, let $M$ be an $n \times n$ matrix with entries in a commutative ring $R$. If $M$ has trivial kernel, is it true that $\det(M) \neq 0$? This math.SE question deals with the case that ...
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Direct way to show: $\operatorname{Spec}(A)$ is $T_1$ $\Rightarrow$ $\operatorname{Spec}(A)$ is Hausdorff

In the book of Atiyah and MacDonald, I was doing exercise 3.11. One has to show that for a ring $A$, the following are equivalent: $A/\mathfrak{N}$ is absolute flat, where $\mathfrak{N}$ is the ...
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$A\subseteq B\subseteq C$ ring extensions, $A\subseteq C$ finite/finitely-generated $\Rightarrow$ $A\subseteq B$ finite/finitely-generated?

Let $A\subseteq B\subseteq C$ be commutative unital rings. Recall that the extension $A \subseteq B$ is finite / of finite type / integral, when $B$ is a finitely generated $R$-module / when $B$ is a ...
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Tensor product of domains is a domain

I'm reading Milne's Algebraic Geometry course notes, version 5.22, as a companion to an algebraic geometry course I'm taking now. Proposition 4.15 states: Let $A$ and $B$ be $k$-algebras, which are ...
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One-to-one correspondence of ideals in the quotient also extends to prime ideals?

I'm beginning to learn some grothendieck's algebraic geometry and I have a doubt about a property of commutative algebra. For a comm. ring $A$ and an ideal $I$ of $A$, does the one-to-one ...
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Computing stalks: do direct limits behave like limits?

Suppose that $X$ is a topological space with a sheaf of rings $\mathcal{O}_X$. In general, the stalk at a point $p \in X$ is the direct limit of the rings $\mathcal{O}_X(U)$ for all open sets $U$ ...
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Is $k[x,y,z]/(x^2+y^2-z^2)$ a UFD?

Let $k$ be an algebraically-closed field of characteristic not two. Then is the ring $$k[x,y,z]/(x^2+y^2-z^2)$$ a UFD? I admit that $k[x,y,z]/(xy-z^2)$ is not a UFD.
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Question about whether axiom of choice is needed in this proof

Do I need axiom of choice in this proof here? I think not: at each step we choose one element from a set $N - \langle g_1, \dots, g_k \rangle $. So while there is indeed a countable number of sets ...
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Ideal class group of a one-dimensional Noetherian domain

Let $A$ be a one-dimensional Noetherian domain. Let $K$ be its field of fractions. Let $B$ be the integral closure of $A$ in $K$. Suppose $B$ is finitely generated $A$-module. It is well-known that B ...
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Fields finitely generated (as algebras) over $\mathbb Z$

Suppose $k$ is a field that is finitely generated as a ${\mathbb Z}$-algebra. (That is, $k$ is a quotient of ${\mathbb Z}[X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n]$ for some $n$). Does it follow that $k$ is finite?
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Galois ring extension

Is there an analogous theory to Galois extension of fields for commutative rings? In particular, what does it mean for a ring extension to be Galois? Thanks.
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Is the coordinate ring of SL2 a UFD?

Is the ring $K[a,b,c,d]/(ad-bc-1)$ a unique factorization domain? I think this is a regular ring, so all of its localizations are UFDs by the Auslander–Buchsbaum theorem. However, I know there are ...
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Geometric meaning of primary decomposition

In the book "Commutative Algebra with a view toward Algebraic Geometry of David Eisenbud, he wrote about the Geometric interpretation of primary decomposition. I summary as follows : Let ...
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How to compute localizations of quotients of polynomial rings

At the moment I'm trying to understand the concept of localizations of rings / modules. I have done some exercises (using the book of Atiyah / MacDonald) and I will do some more, but a more practical ...
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Are all subrings of the rationals Euclidean domains?

This is a purely recreational question -- I came up with it when setting an undergraduate example sheet. Let's go with Wikipedia's definition of a Euclidean domain. So an ID $R$ is a Euclidean domain ...
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Inverse Image of Maximal Ideals

Given a map of commutative rings with unit, it is often the case that the inverse image of a maximal ideal is not maximal. For example, consider the inclusion $\mathbb{Z} \subseteq \mathbb{Q}$. ...
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Deducing results in linear algebra from results in commutative algebra

Here are two examples of results which can be deduced from commutative algebra: Any $n\times n$ complex matrix is conjugate to a Jordan canonical matrix (can be proven using the structure theorem ...
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Finitely generated modules over PID

Let $A$, $B$, $C$, and $D$ be finitely generated modules over a PID $R$ such that $A\oplus $ $B$ $\cong$ $C\oplus $ $D$ and $A\oplus $ $D$ $\cong$ $C\oplus $ $B$ . Prove that $A$ $\cong$ $C$ and $B$ ...
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What is a primary decomposition of the ideal $I = \langle xy, x - yz \rangle$?

Given the ring $k[x,y,z]$, where $k$ is a field, and an ideal $I=(xy,x-yz)$, find the primary decomposition of $I$. I tried to draw the graph of the variety of $I$ and get a decomposition of ...
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(Ir)reducibility criteria for homogeneous polynomials

Suppose I have a homogeneous polynomial in at least 3 variables over some algebraically closed field (of characteristic 0, if need be). Question: How may I test — by hand — whether it is irreducible? ...
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If every ascending chain of primary ideals in $R$ stabilizes, is $R$ a Noetherian ring?

A commutative ring $R$ is called Noetherian if every ascending chain of ideals in $R$ stabilizes, that is, $$ I_1\subseteq I_2\subseteq I_3\subseteq\cdots $$ implies the existence of $n\in\mathbb{N}$ ...
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When is $\mathbb{Z}$ a flat $\mathbb{Z}G$-module?

Suppose that $\mathbb{Z}$ is a flat $\mathbb{Z}G$-module for a group $G$. Question: Is $G$ the trivial group ? Nb. I know that the question can be answered affirmatively if $G$ is finitely ...
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Intersection of powers of maximal ideals

Let $A=\mathbb K[X_1,\ldots,X_n]$ be a polynomial ring over some field $\mathbb K$. Let $\mathfrak p\subseteq A$ be a prime ideal. Let $Z(\mathfrak p)=\{ \mathfrak m\subset A\text{ maximal}\mid ...
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Does localisation commute with Hom for finitely-generated modules?

Question. Let $R$ be a ring, $\mathfrak{p}$ a prime, $M$ a finitely-generated $R$-module, and $N$ any $R$-module. Is the natural map $$\textrm{Hom}_R(M, N)_\mathfrak{p} \to ...
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Tensor products of infinite-dimensional spaces and other objects

It has just occurred to me that most of my intuition for tensor products is derived from the special case of finite-dimensional vector spaces, so I'm wondering which properties I've taken for granted ...
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A commutative group structure on $R\times R$ for a ring $R$

Let $R$ be a commutative ring. The Cartesian square $A=R\times R$ is endowed with the operation $(a_1,b_1)\circ(a_2,b_2)=(a_1+a_2,b_1+b_2+a_1a_2^2+a_1^2a_2)$ which turns $A$ into a commutative ...