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

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Definition of a finitely generated $k$ - algebra

In Miles Reid's Undergraduate Commutative Algebra he defines a ring $B$ to be finite as an $A$ - algebra if it is finite as an $A$ - module. Now what I don't understand is suppose we look at the ...
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What are the integers $n$ such that $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{n}]$ is integrally closed?

I was recently reading about integral ring extensions. One of the first examples given is that $\mathbb{Z}$ is integrally closed in its quotient field $\mathbb{Q}$. Another is 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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When is the integral closure of a local ring also a local ring?

Suppose $A$ is a normal local domain contained in a field $K$. Suppose $B$ is the integral closure of $A$ in $K$. Under what conditions on $A$ is $B$ local?
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Prerequisites for Atiyah Macdonald

I am currently doing a one semester course on groups and rings where we have learned about (so far): Definitions of groups, subgroups, cyclic and normal subgroups, the symmetric group, homomorphisms, ...
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The ring of integers of a number field is finitely generated.

For a number field $K$, we define the ring of integers of $K$ to be $$\mathcal{O}_K:=\{x\in K\big|\ (\exists f\in\mathbb{Z}[X])(f\ \text{ is monic and } f(x)=0)\}.$$ Is there any easy way to see from ...
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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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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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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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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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Infinite product of fields

The main source of inspiration for this question is this excerpt Recall: An ultrafilter on the set X gives you a maximal ideal in the ring of all real-valued functions, and these are the only ...
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What's the “real” reason a finite map has finite fibers?

This is a soft question. I have encountered two very different proofs of what seems like "basically the same theorem," and I want to understand how they relate and "what the real explanation is." ...
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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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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 question about the tensor product of $\mathbb{Q}$

I'm reading this blog post about $\mathbb{Q} \otimes_\mathbb{Z} \mathbb{Q}$ and I have two questions about it: Is a simple tensor a tensor that cannot be written as a sum of tensors? On the first ...
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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 projective module

Would anyone can help me how to show that a finitely generated projective module over a local ring and PID are free? What I know about a finitely generated projective module $M$ over a PID $R$ ...
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Rings whose spectrum is Hausdorff

Let $A$ be a commutative ring with $1$ and consider the Zariski topology on $\operatorname{Spec}(A)$. When will $\operatorname{Spec}(A)$ be a Hausdorff space? If $A$ has positive or infinite ...
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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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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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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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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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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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$A\otimes_{\mathbb C}B$ is finitely generated as a $\mathbb C$-algebra. Does this imply that $A$ and $B$ are finitely generated?

Consider $A$ and $B$ two $\mathbb C$-algebras such that $A\otimes_{\mathbb C}B$ is finitely generated as a $\mathbb C$-algebra. Does this imply that $A$ and $B$ are finitely generated? I know that ...
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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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If $I$ is a finitely generated ideal of $A[X]$, is $I\cap A$ necessarily finitely generated for a commutative unital ring $A$?

Let $A$ be a commutative ring with $1$ and $A[X]$ the ring of polynomials in one variable over $A$. Assume $I$ is a finitely generated ideal of $A[X]$. My question is Is $I\cap A$ necessarily ...
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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 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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Adjointness of Hom and Tensor

Could someone provide me a link to the proof of the adjointness of Hom and Tensor. I did an extensive google search but could not find anything self contained that presented the proof in full ...
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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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Separability and tensor product of fields

Is it true that a finite degree field extension $L/k$ is separable if and only if $L\otimes_{k}L$ is a reduced $L$-algebra? Surely the "only if" part is true because if the extension is ...
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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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Exactness of sequences of modules is a local property, isn't it?

It's well known, that passing to modules of fractions is exact, i.e. if $M'\xrightarrow{f} M\xrightarrow{g} M''$ is an exact sequence of $A$-modules ($A$ being a commutative ring with ...
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Extension and contraction of ideals in polynomial rings

Suppose $I$ is an ideal in a polynomial ring $R=k[x,y]$. Let $\overline{k}$ be the algebraic closure of $k$ and let $S=\overline{k} [x,y]$. Then is $IS\cap R=I$?
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Why would we a priori expect $V(I)$ to satisfy axioms to define the closed sets for a topology on $\text{Proj}(S)$?

The topological space $\text{Proj}(S)$ has the underlying set$$\text{Proj}(S) = \{\mathfrak{p} \text{ a homogeneous prime such that }S_+ \not\subseteq \mathfrak{p}\},$$and the closed sets are the loci ...
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Atiyah-MacDonald help with exercise 5.10

This is an exercise from Atiyah-MacDonald, if someone can give an idea on how to prove that $a)\Rightarrow b)$: Let $f:A\rightarrow B$ a ring homomorphism. a) ...
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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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Is there an algebraic non-rational extension of the integers, whose set of prime elements contains the prime integers?

Let the ring $\mathbb{Z}[\alpha]$ with $\alpha$ an algebraic number. Let $P(\mathbb{Z}[\alpha])$ be the set of all the prime elements of $\mathbb{Z}[\alpha]$. Question: Is there $\alpha$ algebraic ...
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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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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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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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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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In what generality is the natural map $\textrm{Hom}_R(L,M)\otimes S \to \operatorname{Hom}_{R \otimes S}(L\otimes S, M \otimes S) $ an isomorphism?

Note: A version of this question has been reposted to MathOverflow. Let $k$ be a commutative ring, $R$ and $S$ commutative $k$-algebras. Let $L$ and $M$ be $R$-modules. Unless I am much mistaken, ...
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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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Ideals in $C[0,1]$ which are not finitely generated (From Atiyah- Macdonald )

I'm trying to solve the following problem from Atiyah-Macdonald: Is the ring of continuous function on $[0,1]$ is Noetherian ? Certainly not, here are two non terminating ascending chain of ...
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Study of rings of the form $R+I$

In my life I saw lots of ways of constructing rings: polynomial rings, quotient rings, localizations, endomorphism rings, rings of fractions, integral closure of a ring, center of a ring, etc... These ...
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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 ...