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

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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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Vanishing of a certain Tor

I am reading about the construction of the Affine Grassmannian in Dennis Gaitsgory's seminar notes and there are some commutative algebra facts that I am not able to figure out by myself apparently, ...
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If the localization of a ring $R$ at every prime ideal is an integral domain, must $R$ be an integral domain?

Let $R$ be a commutative ring. Suppose that for every prime ideal $p$ of $R$, the localized ring $R_p$ is an integral domain. Must $R$ be a integral domain? I was trying to think of counter-examples, ...
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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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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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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 ring is a field iff the only ideals are $(0)$ and $(1)$

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with identity. Show that $R$ is a field if and only if the only ideals of $R$ are $R$ itself and the zero ideal $(0)$. I can't figure out where to start other that I ...
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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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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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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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Methods to check if an ideal of a polynomial ring is prime or at least radical

I am looking for methods to check whether a given ideal in $K[x_0,\dots,x_n]$ is prime. I mean something you can effectively use in some concrete non-trivial example. To be more explicit, I am working ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Affine scheme $X$ with $\dim(X)=0$ but infinitely many points

As the title says, I'm looking for an affine scheme of dimension zero, but with infinitely many points. At first I doubted that something like this could exist, and I still can't think of an example, ...
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Primes in a Power series ring

Let $\mathbb Z$ be the ring of rational integers. Consider the power series ring $\mathbb Z[[x]]$. It is known that $\mathbb Z[[x]]$ is unique factorization domain. What are the primes in $\mathbb ...
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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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In $\mathbb{Z}/(n)$, does $(a) = (b)$ imply that $a$ and $b$ are associates?

[Update: Based on the hints provided by @zcn and @whacka, I believe I have found a solution. See my answer below.] Below, $R$ is a commutative ring with $1$. In John J. Watkins' Topics in ...
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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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Conditions for $\sqrt{\mathfrak{a + b}} = \sqrt{\mathfrak{a}} + \sqrt{\mathfrak{b}}$

Let $A$ be a commutative ring with identity and, $\mathfrak{a}$ and $\mathfrak{b}$ ideals.I'm trying to find sufficient and necessary conditions for $\sqrt{\mathfrak{a + b}} = \sqrt{\mathfrak{a}} + ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Extending Herstein's Challenging Exercise to Modules

Anybody who has worked through Herstein's Topics in Algebra might remember Exercise 26 of Section 2.5 (in second edition): If $G$ is an abelian group containing subgroups of order $m$ and $n$, ...
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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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Intersection of finitely generated ideals

Let $I$, $J$ be finitely generated ideals in a ring $A$ (commutative with identity). I know that the intersection need not be finitely generated: can somebody give me an example? Thanks.
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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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How does one prove that the ring of integer-valued polynomials $\text{Int}(\mathbb{Z})$ is not Noetherian?

How does one prove that the ring of integer-valued polynomials $\text{Int}(\mathbb{Z})$ is not Noetherian? I let $(1, f_1, ..., f_n,...)$ be the $\mathbb{Z}$-basis of $\text{Int}(\mathbb{Z})$, ...
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Contents of Tor modules

I'm interested in knowing a concrete description of what elements of Tor modules $\mathrm{Tor}^i_R(M,N)$ "are". As it stands I have no real intuition for, say, maps between Tor modules induced by ...
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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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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 spectrum of a commutative ring

Can anyone explain to me why the minimal prime ideals of a commutative ring (with the subspace topology inherited from the Zariski topology) form a totally disconnected space, or give a reference? I ...
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$AB=z \mathrm{Id}_n$ implies $z^m BA = z^{m+1} \mathrm{Id}_n$ for what $m$?

This question builds on a series of questions looking for elementary proofs that $AB=\mathrm{Id}$ implies $BA=\mathrm{Id}$, for $A$ and $B$ both $n \times n$ matrices over a commutative ring. First ...
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Do there exist polynomials $f,g$ such that $\mathbb{C}[a,b,c]\le\mathbb{C}[f,g]$ for $a,b,c$ given polynomials?

I want to prove something bigger than the problem in the title and I want to create a lemma that is useful for the solution of the problem. But I am unable to prove (or give a counterexample) 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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Maximal ideal space of $c_{\mathcal{U}}$

Let $\mathcal{U}$ be an filter over $\mathbb{N}$. Define $$c_{\mathcal{U}} = \{{(x_n)\in \ell_\infty\colon \lim_{\mathcal{U}, n}x_n =0\}},$$ which is a C*-algebra. Is there an accessible topological ...
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When is a tensor product of two commutative rings noetherian?

In particular, I'm told if $k$ is commutative (ring), $R$ and $S$ are commutative $k$-algebras such that $R$ is noetherian, and $S$ is a finitely generated $k$-algebra, then the tensor product ...
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DVR, power series expansion.

Let $A$ be a discrete valuation ring with quotient field $K$, maximal ideal $\mathfrak{m}$, uniformizing parameter $t$. Let $k = A/\mathfrak{m}$, so $k$ is a field. How do I show that there is a ...
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Two discrete valuation rings one of which is contained in another

Let $A$ and $B$ be discrete valuation rings of the same field of fractions. Suppose $A \subset B$. Then $A = B$? I came up with this problem when I was reading van der Waerden's Algebra. The ...
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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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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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Prime ideals in the ring of algebraic integers

Let $\mathcal{O}$ be the ring of all algebraic integers: elements of $\mathbb{C}$ which occur as zeros of monic polynomials with coefficients in $\mathbb{Z}$. It is known that $\mathcal{O}$ is a ...
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A question on definition of field of fractions

Wikipedia defines the field of fractions of a domain as The field of fractions or field of quotients of an integral domain is the "smallest" field in which it can be embedded. What does ...