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Why is this a corollary of this theorem?

Lang - Algebra p.251 Proposition 6.11 Let $E/F$ be a normal field extension. Let $E^G$ be the fixed field of $Aut(E/F)$. Then, $E^G$ is purely inseparable over $F$ and $E$ is separable over $...
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Galois group of $x^6-5x^3+6$

Let $f = x^6-5x^3+6$. I want to determine $\operatorname{Gal}(f/\mathbb{Q})$ without some group theory tricks (like Sylow's theorems) and without reduction $\bmod p$. Let $L_f = \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[3]{...
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Homomorphisms between additive and multiplicative groups of fields

Inspired by this question (In a finite field, is there ever a homomorphism from the additive group to the multiplicative group?), I'm wondering for what fields there exists a non-trivial homomorphism ...
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When is $F(x+y) = F(x,y)$ for field $F$?

If $F$ is a field and $x,y$ are in an algebraic extension of $F$, I'm curious as to what we can say about $[F(x+y):F]$. I can easily prove the following:   $[F(x+y):F] \mid [F(x,y):F]$   $[...
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Is there a recurrence formula for finding primitive polynomials in order to construct $\mathbb{F}_{p^n}$?

(In a previous question, I asked some related question but it was very disorientingly formulated. I apologize for that.) Let $p$ be a prime and $n\geq 1$ an integer. The finite field $\mathbb{F}_{p^n}...
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What branch of math is this?

In this paper: http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/0505016v1.pdf what are the branch(es) of math being used? The unnumbered eq. on the top of page 3 and eq. (7) are good examples. All I've been able to figure ...
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Learning roadmap in Algebra

I am a senior undergraduate student in mathematics, I have a sound knowledge in the following areas: a) Commutative Algebra b) Field Theory and Galois Theory c) Homological Algebra My question is ...
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Proving that a certain maximal subfield has countably infinite index

Let $K$ be a maximal subfield of $\mathbb C$ which does not contain $\sqrt{2}$. I've shown that $\mathbb C$ is an algebraic extension of $K$, and that the Galois group of any finite extension of $K$ ...
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Proving that the algebraic reals form an infinite field extension over $\mathbb Q$

I believe I have proved the following, from the free textbook here, page 356. I have 2 different proofs and would greatly appreciate thoughts on them. Show that the set of all elements in $\mathbb{...
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galois extension of imaginary quadratic field

Let $K$ be an imaginary quadratic field, and let $K \subset L$ be a Galois extension. Let $\tau$ denote complex conjugation. Show that $L$ is Galois over $\mathbb{Q}$ if and only if $\tau(L)=L$. My ...
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Multiplicative nature of the separability degree

In what follows, let $E / F$ be an algebraic extension, $h(x),f(x)\in F[x]$ polynomials, $h(x)$ irreducible. Definitions. We say $h(x)$ is separable if it have not repeated factors. We say $f(x)$ ...
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The automorphism group of a field with $p^2$ elements

Suppose $K$ is a field. Then we call $f: K\to K$ a (field) automorphism if $f$ is a one-to-one, onto and unital (i.e. $f(1)=1$) homomorphism of rings. The following results are well-known. There ...
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Algebraical Fujita cancellation

If there exists some birational equivalence between ruled surfaces $C\times\mathbb{P}^1$ and $C'\times\mathbb{P}^1$ over a sufficiently nice field, then one can cancel the projective line and conclude ...
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Minimal polynomial of a finite purely inseparable field extension

Given $F$, a field with characteristic $p > 0$, and a finite purely inseparable field extension $E$. Then prove that the minimal polynomial $f(x)$ of any $\alpha \in E\backslash F$ will be of the ...
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Determining whether or not an extension is a splitting field

On an exam for my modern algebra class, we were asked to determine whether or not $\Bbb{Q}\left(\alpha\right)$ is the splitting field (here using the convention that splitting field means the smallest ...
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Intuition behind “Non-Archimedean” — two senses of “non-archimedean”.

There appear to be two senses of the qualifier "Archimedean" for fields. One is for ordered fields, and one is for "valued fields" (fields with an absolute value function defined). In the first case, ...
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Theorem's relying on algebraic closures

When working with fields, it's a usual method to work on an algebraic closure of a field to obtain results about that field. In general (i. e. unless you're explicitly considering "well-behaved" ...
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Can we construct a $\mathbb Q$-basis for the Pythagorean closure of $\mathbb Q?$

This is a follow-up question to this one. I asked it there first but moved it here following the advice from Cam McLeman. I tried to prove that $(\mathbb P:\mathbb Q)=\aleph_0$ and I think I ...
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Sum of divisors in $\mathbb{Z}_2[x]$

Let $A$ denote a polynomial on $\mathbb{Z}_2[x]$ and $\sigma(A)$ denote the sum of divisors on $A$. Let$$A = x^h(x + 1)^k P^l Q^{2n - 1},$$where $P$, $Q$ are irreducible polynomials with degree at ...
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Do analytic properties hold in an arbitrary ordered field?

Given an ordered field, we can view it as a field formally equipped with some analytical notions which come from $\mathbb R$, like order and derivative. So I'm curious if $F$ also carries some ...
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Kähler differentials in an inseparable field extension

Let $L/K$ be a finite (or, more generally, algebraic) field extension. It is easy to show that if $L/K$ is separable then the $L$-vector space $\Omega_{L/K}$ of relative Kähler differentials is zero. ...
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Is the function field of a variety a function field?

Let $X$ be an integral Noetherian scheme of dimension $n$ over a field $k$ (arbitrary field). The function field of $X$ is defined as $K(X):=\mathcal O_{X,\eta}$ where $\eta$ is the generic point of ...
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Smallest intermediate field containing two intermediate fields

Let $K/k$ be a field extension and $A$ and $B$ intermediate fields. Further, let $C$ be the smallest intermediate field that contains $A$ and $B$. (1) Show that $A/k$ and $B/k$ separable $\implies$ $...
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Is there a general algebraic notion of the chain rule?

To motivate this, I should explain that I have been studying differential fields, i.e. fields endowed with a differentiation operator such that $(a+b)'=a'+b'$ and $(ab)'=a'b+ab'$. Using these rules, ...
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How does the determinant change with respect to a base change?

Problem Suppose $k$ is a (commutative) field, and $A$ is a finite (dimensional) commutative unitary $k$-algebra. $M=A^n$ is a free $A$-module, and therefore can be seen as a finite-dimensional $k$-...
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A question on Galois theory

In this question, the field of rational numbers is denoted by $\mathbb{Q}$. The Galois group of a polynomial $f$ is denoted by $Gal(f)$. The commutator subgroup of a group $G$ is denoted by $G'$. ...
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Show that every algebraic field extension has a normal closure

I am trying to show that every algebraic extension of fields has a normal closure. Let $L/K$ be an algebraic extension. First suppose that the extension is finite. So $L=K(\alpha_1,...,\alpha_n)$ ...
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Question about the index of a subgroup in $\mathrm{Aut}(\mathbb{C} / K )$ with $K$ a number field.

Suppose that $k_0$ is a number field with subfield $K$. Set $[k_0 : K] = d$. If $G = \mathrm{Aut}(\mathbb{C} / K )$ and $H$ is the subgroup of $G$ which fixes $k_0$, is it true that $[G:H] = d$? ...
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Ordered fields are real?

This question is motivated by another question posted earlier today. Let $F$ be a field endowed with an embedding $F\hookrightarrow\Bbb R$. Then the ordering of $\Bbb R$ induces an ordering on $F$. ...
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Uses for coefficients other than the trace and norm for an element belonging to a field.

The trace and norm are very useful as maps from a field extension to the base field since they are multiplicative/additive and have a lot of other nice properties. They can be defined as two of the ...
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$O_S$ is the integral closure of $k[T]$ in $F$ for some embedding of $k(T)$ in $F$?

Let $F$ be a function field in one variable over a field $k$. Let $S$ be a nonempty finite subset of the set of all places of $F$. Let$$O_S = \{f \in F: \text{ord}_v(f) \ge 0 \text{ for all }X \...
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For any field $k$ and $n>0$: $X^n-a\text{ reducible }\ \Leftrightarrow\ a=b^p\ \vee\ a=-4b^4$.

I'm stuck on the following exercise: Let $k$ a field and $n$ a positive integer. Prove that $X^n-a\in k[X]$ is reducible if and only if there exist a prime $p$ dividing $n$ and a $b\in k$ such ...
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Does $[E:F]=|Aut(E/F)|$ imply Galois extension?

Let $E/F$ be a finite field extension such that $[E:F]=|Aut(E/F)|$. Then, is $E/F$ Galois? Even though I have proven it, I'm not sure of it. Is this really true? Here's how I proved it: Let $\bar ...
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Let $F,K$ be two fields $F \subset K$ and suppose $f(x),g(x) \in F[x]$ are relatively prime in $F[x].$ Prove they are relatively prime in $K[x].$

Let $F,K$ be two fields $F \subset K$ and suppose $f(x),g(x) \in F[x]$ are relatively prime in $F[x].$ Prove they are relatively prime in $K[x].$ Suppose $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ are relatively prime in $F[...
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On the existence of a polynomial in several variables with only one zero

Given an ordered field $\mathbb{K}$, then for all $n>1$ there exists $f\in\mathbb{K}[X_1,\ldots,X_n]\ s.t.\ \mathcal{V}^{\mathbb{K}^n}(f):=\{p\in\mathbb{K}^n:f(p)=0\}=\{(0,\ldots,0)\}$ For ...
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“Breaking the symmetry” in solving algebraic equations

I've heard somewhere a discussion about solving algebraic equations before: When solving a quadratic equation, we are essentially doing the following. Observe that $\Bbb{C}(x,y)\supset\Bbb{C}(x+y,...
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Notation Question in proof of Kronecker-Weber theorem

I am trying to understand this proof of the Kronecker-Weber theorem by Franz Lemmermeyer http://arxiv.org/pdf/1108.5671.pdf. The set-up is this: $K/\mathbb{Q}$ is a cyclic extension of prime degree $...
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Which of the following subsets of $\mathbb C$ is a field?

I'm not entirely sure that I understand the concept of fields fully so I'll give you the question and then I'll let you pick my brain and tell me if my logic is correct. Please note: I'm not just ...
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Prove that $x^{p^n} -x +1$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{F_p}$ only when n=1 or n=p=2

Question:Prove that $x^{p^n} -x +1$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{F_p}$ only when n=1 or n=p=2 I know it is a duplicate question. However, someone gave some nice hints on this problem and I want to ...
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$K$ field, $f/g\in K(X)-K$, $f,g\in K[X]$ coprime then $[K(X):K(f/g)]=\max(\deg f, \deg g)$

1) Let $K$ be a field, $q=f/g\in K(X)-K$ with $f,g\in K[X]$ coprime. Show that $q$ is transcendental over $K$ and that $[K(X):K(q)]=\max(\deg f, \deg g)$. Calculate the minimal polynomial of $X$ over $...
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Show that $K(\alpha,\beta)/K$ is simple

Let $L=K(\alpha,\beta)$ be an algebraic field extension, with $\alpha$ separable over K. Show that $L/K$ is simple. My attempt: If we could show that $L/K$ is finite and separable then the claim ...
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A question concerning cyclic field extensions.

In the study of cyclic extensions we have the following theorem: Theorem Let $K$ be a field containing an $n$-th primitive root of unity $\zeta$. Then the following claims hold: If $E/K$...
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Splitting field in finite field

What is the splitting field of the polynomial $X^{p^8}-1$ over $\mathbf F_p$? I'm confused, is not $X^{p^8}-1=(X-1)^{p^8}$ then the splitting field is $\mathbf F_p$? Thanks.
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Find valuation rings of the function field $k(x,y)/k(xy)$ which do not contain $k[x,y]$.

Let k be any field, then how does one find valuation rings of the function field $k(x,y)/k(xy)$ which do not contain $k[x,y]$? I believe there are two. If we consider a rational function field $k(x,y)...
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Why is the subfield (of a field) generated by an algebraic element equal to the subring generated by the same element?

I am trying to prove that, for a field extension $\mathbf{K}/k$ and $a$ an algebraic element over $k$, $$k(a)=k[a],$$ where $k(a)$ is the subfield of $\mathbf{K}$ generated by $a$ and $k[a]$ is the ...
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Why do fields seem to be a prerequisite for calculus?

I was in my Complex Analysis class, and the professor said that we should look for a field, rather than a group, to do calculus over. Why is this the case? I understand that we gain another operation ...
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Finding the prime element of a place of a function field of a elliptic curve.

Let $p$ be an elliptic curve in $\mathbb{C}[X,Y] $. Consider the quotient ring $A = \mathbb{C}[X,Y]/(p) $ and its field of fractions $F = frac(A) $. For all $f + (p) \in A$, define $deg_A(f + (p))= ...
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Is $\Bbb{Q}[\sqrt[2]{2},\sqrt[3]{2}]$ isomorphic to $\Bbb{Q}[x,y]/(x^2-y^3)$?

Say we have the field extension $\Bbb{Q}[\sqrt[2]{2},\sqrt[3]{2}]$. Is this field isomorphic to $\Bbb{Q}[x,y]/(x^2-y^3)$? I made some preliminary investigation, and this doesn't seem to be true. Is $\...
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A notion of transcendence degree for fields of formal power series?

There is an intuitive sense in which one would like to say that the field of formal Laurent series $k((z))$ over a field $k$ has "transcendence degree $1$". Of course, it doesn't have transcendence ...
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The existence of Pisot numbers in any real number field

Wikipedia claims that, given a real algebraic number field $K$ of degree $n$, there is an algebraic integer $r \in K$ of degree $n$ such that $r>1$, but every conjugate of $r$ has modulus $<1$ (...