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

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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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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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Equality of two notions of tensor products over a commutative ring

Let $R$ be a ring (not necessarily commutative), let $M$ be a right $R$-module and let $N$ be a left $R$-module. Then the tensor product $M \otimes_R N$ is an abelian group satisfying the universal ...
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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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Why is a variety over a non-alg. closed field a hypersurface?

Exercise $3$ on page $8$ of Kunz's Introduction to Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry is as follows: If the field $K$ is not algebraically closed, then any $K$-variety $V \subset A^n(K)$ can ...
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A question on faithfully flat extension

This question arose while reading page 116 of Red Book by Mumford. Let $B$ be a faithfully flat extension of $A$. Can I claim that $b \otimes 1 = 1 \otimes b$ in $B\otimes_A B$ if and only if ...
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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 ring?
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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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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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(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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Why does the structure theorem for finitely generated modules over PIDs fail for arbitrary modules over a PID?

The proof that I know of the theorem goes like this: Any module $M$ is a quotient of a free module $F$ (over any ring). Any submodule $K$ of a free module $F$ over a PID $R$ is a free module, so in ...
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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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Isomorphic factor rings of polynomial rings does imply isomorphic ideals?

Let $k$ be a field, $I$ and $J$ are ideals of $R=k[x_1,\dots,x_n]$. If $R/I\simeq R/J$ as rings, then $I \simeq J$ as $R$-modules holds? Thanks in advance!
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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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Curious about Hilbert-Zariski theorem involving homogeneous variety and set of zeroes.

I got myself in a confusing situation the other week while trying to read a bit of algebraic geometry. I'm hoping someone can pull me out. Suppose $k$ is a field, and $V$ a homogeneous variety with ...
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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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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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diagonalizing a matrix over the $\ell$-adics

Let $M$ be a $2 \times 2$ matrix with coefficients in $\mathbb{Z}_{\ell}$ whose characteristical polynomial is $$ P(T) = T^2- (a+d) T + (ad-bc). $$ I've encountered the following assertion: If ...
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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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Lifting isomorphisms between derived categories

Suppose $A$ and $B$ are commutative rings. Let $A\to B$ be a surjective ring homomorphism. I will denote by $D(A)$ and $D(B)$ the derived categories of unbounded complexes over $A$ and $B$. Suppose ...
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Exercise 11.5 from Atiyah-MacDonald: Hilbert-Serre theorem and Grothendieck group

I don't understand Exercise 11.5 of Atiyah & MacDonald, which demands one elaborate upon or rephrase the Hilbert–Serre Theorem (11.1) in terms of the Grothendieck group $K(A_0)$. Here's ...
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How to tell if an element of a quotient ring is a zero divisor

I am looking at Hartshorne Example III.9.8.4., p260. He says that $a$ is not a zero divisor in $k[a,x,y,z]/I$, where $$ I = (a^2(x+1) -z^2, ax(x+1)-yz, xz-ay,y^2-x^2(x+1)). $$ Is there a good way to ...
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Class group of $k[x,y,z,w]/(xy-zw)$

I had a homework problem (II.6.5 in Hartshorne) to compute the (Weil divisor) class group of $X=\operatorname{Spec} k[x,y,z,w]/(xy-zw)$. I have accomplished this; however, I used some results I don't ...
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Trivial intersection of algebraic sets?

The question came up while reading a bit more into the Hilbert-Zariski theorem I asked about the other week. Suppose $V$ is an algebraic variety over arbitrary field $k$. (For this situation, I'll ...
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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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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 ...
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Explicit examples of infinitely many irreducible polynomials in k[x]

My question is the following. Is it possible to give examples of infinitely many irreducible polynomials in a polynomial ring $k[x]$ with $k$ a field? I'm interested in this because I'm ...
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Proving that surjective endomorphisms of Noetherian modules are isomorphisms and a semi-simple and noetherian module is artinian.

I am revising for my Rings and Modules exam and am stuck on the following two questions: $1.$ Let $M$ be a noetherian module and $ \ f : M \rightarrow M \ $ a surjective homomorphism. Show that $f ...
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$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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Non-Noetherian ring with a single prime ideal

My question: What are the most simple examples of a commutative ring R satisfying both of the following two properties: 1. R is not Noetherian. 2. R has exactly one prime ideal.
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$K[x_1, x_2,\dots ]$ is a UFD

I wonder about how to conclude that $R=K[x_1, x_2,\dots ]$ is a UFD for $K$ a field. If $f\in R$ then $f$ is a polynomial in only finitely many variables, how do I prove that any factorization ...
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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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Hartshorne Exercise 1.1 (a)

(see bottom for apology) Let $Y$ be the plane curve $y = x^2$ (i.e., $Y$ is the zero set of the polynomial $f = y - x^2$). Show that $A(Y)$ is isomorphic to a polynomial ring in one variable over ...
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Is this ring Noetherian?

The subring of $\mathbb{C}[x,y]$ consisting of all polynomials $f(x,y)$ whose gradient vanishes at the point $x=y=0$. Is this ring Noetherian?
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A proof using Yoneda lemma

Some clever geezer Mister 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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Is a regular ring a domain

A regular local ring is a domain. Is a regular ring (a ring whose localization at every prime ideal is regular) also a domain? I am unable to find/construct a proof or a counterexample. Any help would ...
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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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How does this step in the proof of the structure theorem for f.g. modules over a Dedekind domain work?

I am trying to show that every finitely generated projective module $P$ over a Dedekind domain $D$ is a direct sum of (fractional) ideals. May's notes on Dedekind domains claim the result can be ...
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Commutative Algebra without the axiom of choice

It is well known that in a commutative ring with unit, every proper ideal is contained in a maximal ideal. The proof uses the axiom of choice. This fact, and others that are proved using essentially ...
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Exercise 3.15 [Atiyah/Macdonald]

I have a question regarding a claim in Atiyah, Macdonald. A is a commutative ring with $1$, $F$ is the free $A$-module $A^n$. Assume that $A$ is local with residue field $k = A/\mathfrak m$, and ...
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Commutative property of ring addition

I have a simple question answer to which would help me more deeply understand the concept of (non)commutative structures. Let's take for example (our teacher's definition of) a ring: Let $R\neq ...
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Inverse image of the sheaf associated to a module

In Hartshorne, Algebraic geometry it's written, that for every scheme morphism $f: Spec B \to Spec A$ and $A$-module $M$ $f^*(\tilde M) = \tilde {(M \otimes_A B)}$. And that it immediately follows ...
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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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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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A theorem due to Gelfand and Kolmogorov

For any topological space $X$, we can define $C(X)$ to be the commutative ring of continuous functions $f\,:\,X\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ under pointwise addition and multiplication. Then $C(-)$ becomes ...
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If $R$ is a commutative ring with unity and $R$ has only one maximal ideal then show that the equation $x^2=x$ has only two solutions

If $R$ is a commutative ring with unity and $R$ has only one maximal ideal then show that the equation $x^2=x$ has only two solutions. I know that $0$ and $1$ are the solutions, but I can't proceed ...
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Why over $\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ projectivity, injectivity and flatness coincide for cyclic modules?

Assume $R=\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ ($n\neq0$) and let $M$ be a cyclic $R$-module. Could you tell me how to prove that $M$ is projective if and only if it is injective if and only if it is flat? And ...