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

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A short proof for $\dim(R[T])=\dim(R)+1$?

If $R$ is a commutative ring, it is easy to prove $\dim(R[T]) \geq \dim(R)+1$. For noetherian $R$, we have equality. Every proof I'm aware of uses quite a bit of commutative algebra and non-trivial ...
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The Ring Game on $K[x,y,z]$

I recently read about the Ring Game on MathOverflow, and have been trying to determine winning strategies for each player on various rings. The game has two players and begins with a commutative ...
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This is a very simple question but I believe it's nontrivial. I would like to know if the following is true: If $R$ and $S$ are rings and $R[x]$ and $S[x]$ are isomorphic as rings, then $R$ and $... 3answers 6k views What is the Tor functor? I'm doing the exercises in "Introduction to commutive algebra" by Atiyah&MacDonald. In chapter two, exercises 24-26 assume knowledge of the Tor functor. I have tried Googling the term, but I don'... 5answers 2k views How does one give a mathematical talk? Sometime tomorrow morning I will be presenting a mathematics talk on something related to commutative algebra. The people present there will probably be two mathematicians (an algebraic geometer and a ... 8answers 4k views Using Gröbner bases for solving polynomial equations In my attempts to understand just how computer algebra systems "do things", I tried to dig around a bit on Gröbner bases, which are described almost everywhere as "a generalization of the Euclidean ... 1answer 5k views Classification of prime ideals of$\mathbb{Z}[X]$Let$\mathbb{Z}[X]$be the ring of polynomials in one variable. My question: Is every prime ideal of$\mathbb{Z}[X]$one of following types? If yes, how would you prove this?$(0)(f(X))$, where$...
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I am comfortable with the definition of adjoint functors. I have done a few exercises proving that certain pairs of functors are adjoint (tensor and hom, sheafification and forgetful, direct image and ...
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What are exact sequences, metaphysically speaking?

Why is it natural or useful to organize objects (of some appropriate category) into exact sequences? Exact sequences are ubiquitous - and I've encountered them enough to know that they can provide a ...
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What is the Picard group of $z^3=y(y^2-x^2)(x-1)$?

I'm actually doing much more with this affine surface than just looking for the Picard group. I have already proved many things about this surface, and have many more things to look at it, but the ...
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A ring isomorphic to its finite polynomial rings but not to its infinite one.

I was messing with the ring $k[x_1,\dots,x_n,\dots]$ of polynomials in numerable many variables in order to solve an exercise of Atiyah, and the following question came to me and made me curious: ...
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Is Frobenius the only magical automorphism?

The Frobenius automorphism is special because the $p$-power map makes sense in any characteristic $p$ ring, which allows us to canonically extend the Galois-theoretic Frobenius to any such ring. I don'...
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Why is the tensor product important when we already have direct and semidirect products?

Can anyone explain me as to why Tensor Products are important, and what makes Mathematician's to define them in such a manner. We already have Direct Product, Semi-direct products, so after all why do ...
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$\mathbb C[X]/(X^2)$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb R[Y]/((Y^2+1)^2)$

This question led me to the following: Prove that $\mathbb C[X]/(X^2)$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb R[Y]/((Y^2+1)^2)$.
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Reference request: introduction to commutative algebra

My goal is to pick up some commutative algebra, ultimately in order to be able to understand algebraic geometry texts like Hartshorne's. Three popular texts are Atiyah-Macdonald, Matsumura (...
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Example of modules that are projective but not free; torsion-free but not free

Free modules are projective, and projective modules are direct summands of free modules. Are there examples of projective modules that are not free? (I know this is not possible for modules of ...
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Why are ideals more important than subrings?

I have read that subgroups, subrings, submodules, etc. are substructures. But if you look at the definition of the Noetherian rings and Noetherian modules, Noetherian rings are defined with ideals ...
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A tensor product of power series

Let $k$ be a field. I am wondering if there is an easy description of the ring $$k[[x]] \otimes_{k[x]} k[[x]]$$ that is the tensor product of the power series ring $k[[x]]$ with itself over the ring ...
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The tensor product of two Artinian modules is Artinian

user$xxxxx$ posted (and then deleted) the following question which I think deserves to be here: Prove that the tensor product of two Artinian modules is Artinian.
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functoriality of derivations

I seem to have problems understanding algebraically why given a map of manifolds $f: M \to N$ we get a bundle map $TM \to f^*TN$. Now, fiberwise it's all good. But I do not understand how to define ...
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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 $M$...
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What is $\operatorname{Spec}\mathbf{C}[[x,y]]/(y^{2} - x^{3} - x^{2})$?

Let $X = \operatorname{Spec} \mathbf{C}[[x,y]]/(y^{2} - x^{3} - x^{2})$. I would like to describe $X$ set-theoretically. My questions are: Can one explicitly say what the elements in $X$ are? Is it ...
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What is the coproduct of fields, when it exists?

This is a slightly more advanced version of another question here. Let $\textbf{CRing}$ be the category of commutative rings with unit. Let $\textbf{Dom}$ be the category of integral domains – by ...
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Atiyah-Macdonald Exercises 5.16-5.19

I have solutions to Exercises 5.16–5.19 in Atiyah–Macdonald's Introduction to Commutative Algebra, but not in the order desired; I find myself needing later exercises to do earlier ones, ...
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Are finitely generated projective modules free over the total ring of fractions?

Let $Q(A)$ be the total ring of fractions of a commutative reduced non-noetherian ring $A$. Let $P$ be a finitely generated projective module over $Q(A)$ which is of constant rank (i.e. locally free ...
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Can a prime in a Dedekind domain be contained in the union of the other prime ideals?

Suppose $R$ is a Dedekind domain with a infinite number of prime ideals. Let $P$ be one of the nonzero prime ideals, and let $U$ be the union of all the other prime ideals except $P$. Is it possible ...
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Showing the set of zero-divisors is a union of prime ideals

I'm working on an exercise from Atiyah and MacDonald's Commutative Algebra, and have hit a bump on Exercise 14 of Chapter 1. In a ring $A$, let $\Sigma$ be the set of all ideals in which every ...
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Hom is a left-exact functor

If $0 \to A \to B\to C$ is a left exact sequence of $R$-module, then for any $R$-module $M$, $0 \to Hom_R(M,A)\to Hom_R(M,B)\to Hom_R(M,C)$ is left exact. I proved the above, and highlighted what I'...
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When does the modular law apply to ideals in a commutative ring

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with identity and $I,J,K$ be ideals of $R$. If $I\supseteq J$ or $I\supseteq K$, we have the following modular law $$I\cap (J+K)=I\cap J + I\cap K$$ I was wondering ...
While trying to look up examples of PIDs that are not Euclidean domains, I found a statement (without reference) on the Euclidean domain page of Wikipedia that $$\mathbb{R}[X,Y]/(X^2+Y^2+1)$$ is ...