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

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Completion as a functor between topological rings

In the following all rings are assumed to be commutative and unitary. Preliminaries: For any topological ring $R$ we can form its completion $\widehat{R}$ by taking all Cauchy sequences modulo null ...
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Characteristic of a finite ring with $34$ units

Let $R$ be a finite ring such that the group of units of $R$, $U(R)$, has $34$ elements. I would like to find the characteristic of $R$. Let $k:= \mathrm{Char}(R)$. If $\varphi$ denotes the ...
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Original Formulation of Hilbert's 14th Problem

I have a problem seeing how the original formulation of Hilbert's 14th Problem is "the same" as the one found on wikipedia. Hopefully someone in here can help me with that. Let me quote Hilbert first: ...
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How to check whether an ideal is a prime (or maximal) ideal?

I have a ring $R$ which is known to be a Dedekind domain, but not necessarily a Euclidian domain, and a nonzero ideal generated by one or two elements in this ring. How can I check if this ideal is a ...
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How badly can Krull's Hauptidealsatz fail for non-Noetherian rings?

Krull's Hauptidealsatz (principal ideal theorem) says that for a Noetherian ring $R$ and any $r\in R$ which is not a unit or zero-divisor, all primes minimal over $(r)$ are of height 1. How badly can ...
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If $R[x]$ and $R[[x]]$ are isomorphic, then are they isomorphic to $R$ as well? [duplicate]

There are examples of commutative rings $R \neq 0$ such that $R[x]$ is isomorphic to $R[[x]]$ (see this question; an example would be $R=S[x_1, x_2, \ldots][[y_1, y_2, \ldots]]$, with $S \neq 0$ any ...
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Intuitive/geometric way of thinking about effective divisors?

What is the motivation/intuition/geometric way of thinking about an effective divisor? I know that a divisor is effective if all its coefficients are non-negative. We write $D \ge 0$ for ...
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How to name these “ideals”?

Background. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a symmetric monoidal category with unit $\mathbf{1}$. A subobject of $\mathbf{1}$ is just a monomorphism $I \to \mathbf{1}$. We may also call this an ideal of ...
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checking that an element of a module is zero, point-wise

Let $M$ be a module over a commutative ring $R$. Let $s \in M$ be an element such that for any $x \in \mathrm{Spec}\,R$, the image of $s$ in $M \otimes \kappa(x)$ is 0 (where $\kappa(x)$ is the ...
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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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Examples demonstrating that the finitely generated hypothesis in Nakayama's lemma is necessary

Recall that Nakayama's lemma states that Let $R$ be a commutative ring with unity, and let $J$ be the Jacobson radical of $R$ (the intersection of all the maximal ideals of $R$). For any finitely ...
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Examples of a commutative ring without an identity in which a maximal ideal is not a prime ideal

In a commutative ring with an identity, every maximal ideal is a prime ideal. However, if a commutative ring does not have an identity, I'm not sure this is true. I would like to know the ...
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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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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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A non-nilpotent formal power series with nilpotent coefficients

Does anyone have an example of a formal power series $$p=a_0+a_1x+ a_2x^2 + \cdots \in R[[x]]$$ ($R$ is a commutative ring) all of whose coefficients $a_i$ are nilpotent in $R$ such that $p$ is not ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Geometrical interpretation of $I(X_1\cap X_2)\neq I(X_1)+I(X_2)$, $X_i$ algebraic sets in $\mathbb{A}^n$

Edit: I should point out that I'm working over an algebraically closed field $k$. Let $X_1,X_2\subset\mathbb{A}^n$ be affine algebraic sets. Show that $I(X_1\cap X_2)=\sqrt{I(X_1)+I(X_2)}$. Show ...
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Concrete examples of valuation rings of rank two.

Let $A$ be a valuation ring of rank two. Then $A$ gives an example of a commutative ring such that $\mathrm{Spec}(A)$ is a noetherian topological space, but $A$ is non-noetherian. (Indeed, otherwise ...
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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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Every maximal ideal is principal. Is $R$ principal?

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with 1. If every maximal ideal of $R$ is principal, is $R$ a principal ideal ring?
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Inverse limit of modules and tensor product

Let $(M_n)_n$ be an inverse system of finitely generated modules over a commutative ring $A$ and $I\subset A$ an ideal. When is the canonical homomorphism $$\left(\varprojlim\nolimits_n ...
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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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The intersection of an infinite number of prime ideals in a ring of integers

Let $\mathcal{O}$ be the ring of integers of a number field, $\{\mathfrak{p}_i,\,i \in \mathbb{N}\}$ a sequence of two-by-two pairwise distinct prime ideals. Does it follow that$$\bigcap_i ...
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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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Finitely generated projective modules are locally free

Let $A$ be a commutative noetherian ring, and let $M$ be a finitely generated projective $A$-module. It is well known and easy to prove that $A$ is locally free in the sense that for every $p ...
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Tor and flat base change

There is an interesting result in Rotman's homological algebra book. Let $A$ be an $R$-module, $B$ be an $(R,S)$-bimodule and $C$ an $S$-module. (All rings commutative). Then Corollary 10.61 (in the ...
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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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Prove that the kernel of a homomorphism is a principal ideal. (Artin, Exercise 9.13)

I have been having trouble with an exercise in my abstract algebra course. It is as follows: Let $f: \mathbb{C}[x,y] \rightarrow \mathbb{C}[t]$ be a homomorphism that is the identity on ...
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What is the intuition behind the name “Flat modules”?

I am studying Atiyah and MacDonald's book "Introduction to Commutative Algebra" and I have just read the definition of a flat module. It seems to me that if they have called that kind of modules ...
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Geometric meaning of completion and localization

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with unit, $I$ an ideal of $R$ and consider the following three constructions. The localization $R_I$ of $R$ at $I$ (i.e. the localization of $R$ at the multiplicative ...
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Computing intersection multiplicity using Tor - explicit example

When trying to compute the (Serre-generalized) intersection number of two varieties at a closed point, I came to a need to compute the following $\operatorname{Tor}$: Let $k$ be an algebrically ...
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Minimal systems of generators for finitely generated algebras over commutative (graded) rings

Let $S$ be some base ring (a commutative ring or even just a field), and $R$ a commutative ring containing $S$ which is finitely generated (as an algebra) over $S$. What conditions guarantee that ...
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Show $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{6}]$ is a Euclidean domain

I'm attempting to modify the proof the $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{2}]$ is a Euclidean domain to prove a similar result for $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{6}]$. The idea is to prove that $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{6}]$ is Euclidean ...
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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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Intuition behind Hilbert's Nullstellensatz

maybe that's a pointless question, however I'm having problems in "understanding" (accepting) the Hilbert's Nullstellensatz. I understand the proof, however I cannot understand the concept in a more ...
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Homomorphism of local rings

Let $(A,\mathfrak{m})$ and $(B,\mathfrak{n})$ be local Noetherian rings. Suppose that $\phi : A\rightarrow B$ is a map such that $\phi(\mathfrak{m}) \subset \mathfrak{n}$ and suppose ...
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If $A$ is the ring of continuous functions on a genus $g$ surface, can the genus of $X$ be seen by simple algebra in $A$? [migrated]

I was describing to a friend the result that a compact Hausdorff space is determined up to homeomorphism up to by its ring of continuous functions, and he asked how one could see the genus of a ...
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Non-reflexive module isomorphic to its double dual

Could you give me an example of a non-reflexive module isomorphic to its double dual? I found an example here but I cannot understand it, do you have any simpler examples? By this question we ...
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How does Hilbert's Nullstellensatz generalize the “fundamental theorem of algebra”?

What is Hilbert's Nullstellensatz in the sense of the generalization of "fundamental theorem of algebra"? I've seen that in some texts it was referred to as the generalization of the fundamental ...
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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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If $R$ is a commutative ring with identity, and $a, b\in R$ are divisible by each other, is it true that they must be associates?

Thank you very much! My problem is: If $R$ is a commutative ring with identity, and $a, b$ are its elements that are divisible by each other, is it true that they must be associates? Here, $a$ ...
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Krull dimension of $\mathbb{C}[x_1, x_2, x_3, x_4]/\left< x_1x_3-x_2^2,x_2 x_4-x_3^2,x_1x_4-x_2 x_3\right>$

Krull dimension of a ring $R$ is the supremum of the number of strict inclusions in a chain of prime ideals. Question 1. Considering $R = \mathbb{C}[x_1, x_2, x_3, x_4]/\left< x_1x_3-x_2^2,x_2 ...
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A proof using Yoneda lemma

Martin Brandenburg pointed out elsewhere in the comments that he could give a one line proof, using the Yoneda lemma, of $$\frac{\mathbf{C}[x_1,\ldots,x_{n+m}]}{I(X)^e+I(Y)^e} \cong ...
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Direct summand of a free module

Let $M$, $L$, $N$ be $A$-modules and $M=N\oplus L$. If $M$ and $N$ are free, is $L$ necessarily free?
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Projective module over a PID is free? [duplicate]

A common result is that finitely generated modules over a PID $R$ are projective iff they are free. Is the same true that an arbitrary projective module over a PID is free? I can't find this fact ...