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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 $<1$ ...
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Question about why $x^{p^n}-x+1$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{F}_p$.

I'm trying to follow a solution I'm reading. The idea is to prove $x^{p^n}-x+1$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{F}_p$ when $n=1$ or $n=p=2$. The solution is as follows: If $x^{p^n}-x+1$ is ...
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$\rho=e^{\frac{2\pi i}{21}}$, Prove $\rho+\rho^4+\rho^{16}$ is constructible

Let $\rho=e^{\frac{2\pi i}{21}}$. Prove that the number $a=\rho+\rho^4+\rho^{16}$ is constructible using a compass and a straightedge. A partial solution was to define a $\mathbb{Q}$-automorphism ...
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Factoring irreducible polynomial over normal extension

Let $f$ be an irreducible polynomial over $F$ and $K/F$ be a normal extension. How to prove $f$ is factored by product of irreducible poly. over $K$ with same degree? I tried to do it by if $f_1, ...
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Link between representation theory and Galois theory: Trivial representation in field towers.

Let $K|F$ be a finite cyclic Galois extension of number fields of degree prime to $p$ with Galois group $H$, where $p$ denotes a rational prime. Let $L|K$ denote a pro-$p$-extension (possibly ...
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Is there a more efficient way of proving a polynomial is primitive?

I have found an impressive Java implementation of a $ℤ2$ Polynomial class in which there seems to be an efficient implementation of a test for reducibility (see ...
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Tensor product of fields and ramification theory

In the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tensor_product_of_fields They write: "For example if one adjoins √2 to the rational field ℚ to get K, and √3 to get L, it is true that the field M ...
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(Revised) Does p(a)=p(b) => a=b?

This is a revised version of problem posted here named :Does $p(a) = p(b) \Rightarrow a=b \ $? Let $S=(P_1,P_2,…,P_n)$ be a set of polynomials with complex coefficients. I call S critical if it ...
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Galois group of $x^{4}+ax^{2}+b$

Let $x^{4}+ax^{2}+b\in K[x]$ (with $\mathrm{char}K\neq 2$) be irreducible with Galois group $G$. I have shown that (a) if $b$ is a square in $K$, then $G$ is the Klein 4-group, (b) if $b$ is not a ...
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Question about solvability of the minimal polynomial of the element in extended field.

Let $F$ have characteristic $0$, and assume we have fields $L\supset K\supset F$. Now suppose $\alpha\in L$ be solvable by radicals over $K$, and the coefficients of the minimal polynomial of ...
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The Galois group of $f(t)=t^3-x_1t^2+x_2t-x_3$

I'm trying to solve this question: Let $F[x_1, x_2,x_3]$ be a polynomial ring in $x_1, x_2,x_3$ over a field $F$. Let $K=F(x_1,x_2,x_3)$ be the field of rational functions (i.e., the ...
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When the extensions Q(α,β) and Q(αβ) over Q are the same?

I would like to know in which conditions the extensions $\mathbb{Q}(\alpha,\beta)$ and $\mathbb{Q}(\alpha\beta)$ over $\mathbb{Q}$ are the same. Thanks in advance.
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Quick explanation: calculating class group of $\sqrt{-21}$

I'm trying to calculate the class group of $\mathbb{Q} (\sqrt{-21})$, and I've managed to confuse myself. I've used the standard Minkowski bound to show that we only need to consider principal ideals ...
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Subgroups of Galois group and intermediate fields lattice for $(x^3-2)(x^2-3)$

I am trying to systematically determine all subgroups of Galois group and intermediate fields for $(x^3-2)(x^2-3)$(over $\mathbb Q$). It's not hard to determine the Galois group of $(x^3-2)$ and ...
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On transcendence base and separability

This is a problem in Hungerford's Algebra. Let $k$ be a perfect field and $F$ an extension field of $k$ with transcendence degree 1 and $F$ is not perfect. We have to show that $F$ is separably ...
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Prove $λ$ must divide one of $x$, $y$, or $z$.

Let $λ = (3 + \sqrt{−3})/2 \in \Bbb Q[\sqrt{−3}]$. Prove that if $x^3 + y^3 = z^3$, and $x$, $y$, $z$ are quadratic integers in $\mathbb Q[\sqrt{−3}]$, then $λ$ must divide one of $x$, $y$, or $z$. ...
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Show that K is a splitting field for some degree 4 polynomial f(x) in k[x].

Suppose $K/k$ is a finite Galois extension such that the Galois group of $K/k$ is isomorphic to $\mathcal S_4$. How can we show that $K$ is a splitting field for some degree $4$ polynomial $f(x)$ in ...
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Minimal polynomial of an algebraic element

We have to determine minimal polynomial over $\mathbb Q$ of element $1+2^\frac{1}{3}+4^\frac{1}{3}$. Here is my work, please tell me where is the mistake: We want polynomial with rational ...
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Find the coefficients in $(x_1-x_2)^2(x_1-x_3)^2(x_2-x_3)^2 = s_1^2s_2^2 + as_1^3s_3 + bs_1s_2s_3 + cs_2^3+ds_3^2$

Use evaluation homomorphisms $F[x_1,x_2, \dots, x_n] \to F$ to obtain the coefficients in: $$(x_1-x_2)^2(x_1-x_3)^2(x_2-x_3)^2 = s_1^2s_2^2 + as_1^3s_3 + bs_1s_2s_3 + cs_2^3+ds_3^2$$ where the $s_i$ ...
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Field extensions and monomorphism

Suppose $[E_1:F]=m<\infty$ and $E_1$ is algebraic extension of $F$. If $K$ is any extension of $F$ then the number of monomorphism of $E_1/F$ into $K/F$ is at most $m$. I am trying to prove this ...
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Etymology of normal extensions and subgroups

According to wikipedia, a normal extension is a splitting field of a family of polynomials, and a normal subgroup is one that is invariant under conjugation. Why are normal extensions and normal ...
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$\overline{\mathbb Q}$ and $\mathbb C$ same first order theory

How do you show that $\overline{\mathbb Q}$ (the algebraic closure of $\mathbb Q$) and $\mathbb C$ have the same first order theory over the signature $(0,1,+,\cdot)$?
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Show that $x^4+n(2-n)x^2+n^2$ reducible over Q for any natural number n.

Show that $$x^4+n(2-n)x^2+n^2$$ reducible over Q for any natural number n. Here is what I did $$x^4+n(2-n)x^2+n^2=x^4+2nx^2-n^2x^2+n^2=x^4+2nx^2+n^2-n^2x^2$$ $$=(x^2+n)^2-(nx)^2$$ ...
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If an irreducible $f(x)$ divides $f(x^2)$, then its splitting field is $F(\alpha)$ for any root $\alpha$ of $f(x)$?

Let $F$ be a field and let $f(x) \in F[x]$ be an irreducible polynomial. Suppose $E$ is an extension of $F$ which contains a root $\alpha$ of $f(x)$ such that $f(\alpha^2)=0$. Show that $f(x)$ splits ...
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A book for advanced field theory

I am searching for an alternative text to chapter 5 of Bourbaki for field theory, that covers, for example, separable and inseparable degrees. I know the basics about field theory and Galois theory. ...
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A question about field extension: Zariski's lemma

Suppose $E$ is a field extension of $F$ and there exists $\alpha_1,\alpha_2,\ldots,\alpha_n\in E$ such that $E=F[\alpha_1,\alpha_2,\ldots,\alpha_n]$, then the field extension $E/F$ is algebraic. Is ...
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Degree of the field extension for $x^4+3$

I want to find a splitting field for : $x^4+3 \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ and the degree of that extension , I would be thankful if you verify/correct what I have tried for this problem : First I find the ...
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The number of bijective polynomials of particular degree in a field

I need to know please: In a finite field of q elements how many bijective polynomials exist whose degree are smaller than d?
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Normal extensions problem in Lang

This is a problem in Lang's Algebra. $F$ is finite normal extension over $k$ and $f(x)$ is irreducible in $k[x]$. If $f(x)=g(x)h(x)k(x) \in F[x]$ where $g(x),h(x)$ are monic irreducible factors in ...
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Is the extension normal and a little work check.

Let us consider the polynomial $f(x)=x^3+x^2-4x+1$. I was asked the following things: (1) Prove that $f(x)$ has one and only one negative root. For this I just used Bolzano's theorem and noticed it ...
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Smallest field containing $\mathbb{Q}$ and closed under square root

I'm following Isaacs' Algebra and I need to prove that the field $K$ of constructible numbers is the smallest subfield of $\mathbb{C}$ such that is closed under taking square root. I already know ...
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Determining if an extension is a normal extension [MORANDI'S BOOK]

I'm dealing with the following problem: Let $K$ be a field and suppose that $\sigma\in\mbox{Aut}(K)$ has infinite order. Let $F$ be the fixed field of $\sigma$. If $K/F$ is algebraic, show that ...
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Brauer groups of curves and base change

Let $X/k$ be a smooth, projective curve over $k$ and let $L/k$ be a finite extension of fields, where $k$ is a finite extension of $\mathbb{Q}_p$, $p \not=2$. Suppose $k(X)$ contains no elements ...
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Is every field between $F$ and $F(\alpha_1,\cdots,\alpha_n)$ of the form $F(\alpha_j,\cdots,\alpha_k)$

Say I have a field $F$, and an extension field $L = F(\alpha_1,\cdots,\alpha_n)$. Is it true that every $K$ such that $$ F \subset K \subset F $$ (all field extensions), $K = ...
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Is the embedding problem with a cyclic kernel always solvable?

This question comes from this question by user72870. I shall explain how it relates to that question at the end. Let me shortly define my question: We call an embedding problem a diagram of the form: ...
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Finding degree of an extension

Find the degree of the field extension $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt[3]{2},\sqrt[3]{3}]$ over $\mathbb{Q}$. My approach: Call the desired degree $n$. Clearly, $3|n$ and $n\leq 9$. So possible values of $n$ are ...
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Is this element constructible from this elements?

Let the figure below. According to same notation of the figure verify if it's possible to construct the point $\displaystyle \zeta=e^{\frac{2\pi i}{13}}$ with straight-edge and compass from ...
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When $\mathbb{Q}(\alpha+\beta)=\mathbb{Q}(\alpha, \beta)$?

Let $\alpha, \beta$ be algebraic numbers over $\mathbb{Q}$. Which necessary and sufficient conditions are known such that $$ \mathbb{Q}(\alpha+\beta)=\mathbb{Q}(\alpha, \beta) \text{ ?} \tag{$\ast$}$$ ...