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Non-isomorphic simple extensions of the same degree of a field of positive characteristic

Let $K$ be a field of positive characterstic. I need to show that there exists $a$ and $b$ of the same degree over $K$ but $K(a)$ and $K(b)$ are not isomorphic. I thought of an example where they are ...
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Galois group of CM fields

I am looking for examples of CM fields whose Galois group is not abelian. By a CM field $K$ I mean a totally imaginary quadratic extension of a totally real field $K_0$. If the extension is not Galois ...
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Fixed points of automorphism in the field $\mathbb{C}(x,y)$

I am trying to solve a problem, and one of the parts is the following: let $M=\bigl(\begin{smallmatrix} a&b\\ c&d \end{smallmatrix} \bigr)$ be a non singular $2\times 2$ matrix with integer ...
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Algorithm for determining whether two polynomials have the same splitting field

This question asks how to tell whether two cubic polynomials with coefficients in $\mathbb{Q}$ have the same splitting field. There are several answers to the question, but they don't include proofs. ...
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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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Structure of $\mathbb{Q}_p(\zeta_p)$

Let $p \ne 2$ be prime number and denote by $\zeta_p$ the p-th root of unity. It's well known that $K = \mathbb{Q}_p(\zeta_p)$ has $t=1 - \zeta$ as prime element (generator of the Ideal $P_K = \{ x\in ...
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Conditions for the degree of field extension reaches its upper bound

(Re-edited) Let $k$ be a field and $a,b$ algebraic over $k$ but not inside $k$ and $a \neq b$. Suppose that $[k(a,b) : k]=[k(a):k] [k(b):k]$. What does this tell us about the relation between $a,b$? ...
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Field of Fractions for Commutative Ring with Identity

I'm trying to complete a problem that is walking me through creating a field of fractions $F$ from a commutative ring with identity (and no non-zero divisors) $R$. The construction first asks me to ...
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Real embeddings and linear disjointness

Suppose I have two Galois extensions $F_1, F_2$ of $\mathbb{Q}$ such that $F_1$ has a real embedding. Then is there a general condition on $F_2$ such that $F_1$ and $F_2$ will be linearly disjoint ...
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Given a normal basis $\{g(a)| g\in Gal(L/K)\}$ of $L/K$ finite Galois, can we express $g(a)g'(a)$ relative to this basis?

Let $L/K$ be a finite Galois extension. The normal basis theorem says that there is an element $a\in L$ such that $\{ g(a) | g\in \text{Gal}(L/K)\}$ is a basis of $L$ as a $K$-vector space. Let ...
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A proof of the normal basis theorem of a cyclic extension field

I came up with the following proof of the normal basis theorem of a cyclic extension field. Is this proof well-known? Proposition Let $L$ be a finite cyclic extension of a field $K$. Let $n$ be the ...
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Intersections of finitely generated field extensions are finite?

I was reading the following post at MathOverflow: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/21086/when-are-intersections-of-finitely-generated-field-extensions-finitely-generated/21093 I can't comment there, ...
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Square-free discriminants and integral bases

Let $K = \mathbb Q(\alpha)$ is a number field. Suppose $\alpha \in O_K$ and let $f \in \mathbb Z[X]$ be its minimal polynomial. Show that if the discriminant of $f$ is a square-free integer, then ...
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defining binary operation on $\mathbb{R}$

Exercise 3, page 13 from Golan's book ("The Linear Algebra a Beginning Graduate Student Ought to Know"): Define a new operation $\circ$ on $\mathbb{R}$ by setting $a\circ b= a^{3}b.$ Show that ...
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Quick question: finite extensions and norms

[Edit: "Suppose K is a field complete with respect to a discrete valuation, with valuation ring $\mathcal{O}$."] I'm trying to solve the following problem: let $L/K$ be a finite extension of fields, ...
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field embedding

I've come across this problem in Etingof's notes on representation theory (Problem 5.1 on p. 78). It just sounds nice exercise... The question is : Let $f : k(x_1,\ldots,x_n)\rightarrow ...
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Field reductions. part three

Follow-up to Field reductions. part two For a field $K$, an element $a \in K$, and $K(\setminus a)$ the set of field reductions (maximal subfields of $K$ not containing $a$) are there any interesting ...
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If $F$ is finite over $L_1$ and $L_2$, is it also finite over $L_1 \cap L_2$?

Let $F$ be a field and $L_1$, $L_2$ two subfields such that $F$ is finite over both $L_1$ and $L_2$. Is $F$ necessarily finite over the intersection $L_1 \cap L_2$?
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Euler's criterion and Legendre symbol

I am working on an exercise which is the following : Let be $n$ an odd integer and $b$ such as $b \wedge n = 1$, then $(\frac{b}{n}) \equiv b^{(n-1)/2} \mod n$. (*) If $n$ is divisible by the ...
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$x^k = na$ has solution over the field $F, \text{char} F \neq 2$

I came up with an interesting Hypothesis. Suppose we are in the field $F, \text{char }F \neq 2$. Let's fix an arbitrary element $a \in F$. Is it true that at least one equation $x^k=n\cdot a$, ...
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Verification of proof that the left distributive property holds on a field of quotients, F

Here's my proof. I would like to know whether it is right or wrong and if the latter where it needs to be corrected: (a,b)=[(a,b)][(cf+ed,df)]=[(acf+aed,bdf)]. We want to show its equivalence to: ...
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Isomorphism for the group of units of the ring of integers of a local field

Let $K$ be a local field with a discrete and non-archimedean absolute value, $\mathcal{O}_K$ be its ring of integers, $\mathfrak{m}_K$ be the unique maximal ideal of $\mathcal{O}_K$ and ...
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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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Trivial absolute value

Let $K/L$ be a algebraic extension. Suppose that $\left|\cdot\right|$ is a absolute value in $K$ such that is trivially in $L$. Then is trivially in $K$. Thanks for anny suggestion. If is trivially ...
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Field extensions and quotient fields

STATEMENT: Suppose that $F\subseteq E$ is a field extension of $F$. And assume $u\in E$ is transcendental over $E$. Then it readily follows that $F(u)\cong F(x)$, where $F(x)$ is the quotient field of ...
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P. Morandi on p-closure of a field

I am stuck on a step of the proof of Lemma 18.4 of Patrick Morandi, Field and Galois Theory. Let $p$ be a prime number and let $F$ be a field with $\mbox{char}(F) \neq p$. Morandi defines the ...
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Examples of a complete ordered field

We know that every complete ordered field is isomorphic to $\mathbb R$, but are there examples of complete ordered fields different, not isomorphically different of course, from $\mathbb R$?
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Is $PE$ is purely inseparable over $E$?

I want to prove the statement : if $K\le E\le F$ and $F$ is separable over $E$, then $P\subset E$. Here, $P=\{u\in F:\text{$u$ is purely inseparable over $K$}\}\le F$. I claim that $PE$ is both ...
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Diagrams characterizing ring characteristic, and in particular field characteristic 1?

For a given prime $p$, what is the diagram for saying (e.g. in some category where morphisms are field homomorphisms) that a field has characteristic $p$? Is there a diagram, or the shape of what ...
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Algebraic extension of rational functions

Let $k\subset F\subseteq k(X)$ be chains of field extension, prove that $k(X)/F$ is algebraic. "Proof:" Let $y\in F\setminus k$ then $y=\frac{P(X)}{Q(X)}$ with $P\notin k$ or $Q\notin k$. It ...
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Solving system of equation over distinct finite fields

Is it possible to solve an equation systems which involves elements from distinct finite fields? One example could be elements from $\mathrm{GF}(2)$ and $\mathrm{GF}(2^2)$: With: $x=[1,1,0,1]$ ...
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Perron-Frobenius theorem for real closed fields via model theory

The Perron-Frobenius theorem states that any matrix over the reals with positive entries has at least one positive eigenvalue (and a bit more). The easiest proof that I know of runs as follows: any ...
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Maximality of the kernel of a quasifield

Setting A (left) quasifield is an algebraic structure $(Q,+,\cdot)$ such that $(Q,+)$ is an abelian group. (As usual, we denote its identity element by $0$.) Each equation $x\cdot a = b$ with ...
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Denseness of algebraic and transcendental elements in R [NBHM 2014]

Which of the following statements are true? a. Algebraic numbers over Z are dense in R. b. Transcendental numbers over Z are dense in R. Let me write what I did. For a), the concerned set is a subset ...
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Number fields and algebraic integer

Suppose there is a (algebraic) number field $K$. Algebraic integer is a root of some monic polynomial with coefficients in $\mathbb{Z}$. The elements of $K$ are the root of some monic polynomial ...
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If $k$ is a field then $\text{End}_k(k^2)$ is simple

Let $k$ be a field. I have to show that $\text{End}_k(k^2)$ is simple. First of all, I don't see why this is true. For example, if $k=\mathbb{C}(x_1,x_2,\dots)$ then $\varphi\colon k^2\rightarrow ...
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Regarding nomenclature of a vector related to field automorphisms

Is there a particular designation in use for the following type of vector, constructed by taking a collection of basis elements $\beta_1$, $\beta_2$, $\dotsc$, $\beta_n$ for a field extension, ...
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Irreducible polynomial

Does there exist an irreducible polynomial over a field K with two roots $a,b$ and $k\in K$ such that $a=b+k$ ? This can't happen if K is of characteristic $0$ , but can it happen if K is of ...
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determine the degree of an extension, check normality

I came across an old exam problem and I wonder if my solution is correct. Let $L=\mathbb{Q}(\omega)$, where $\omega=e^{\frac{2\pi i}{6}}$ is a primitive sixth root of unity: a) determine ...
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Showing the existence of sub fields of a finite field

For each divisor $m$ of $n$, $GF(p^n)$ has a unique sub field of order $p^m$ . The proof of this theorem in Gallian goes like this : Suppose that $m$ divides $n$. Then, since : $(p^n-1) = ...
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Find a multiplicative inverse of an element in a field

Suppose we have an element $\sigma=p+qa\rho+rd\rho^{-1}\in K$ where $K=\mathbb{Q}(\rho)$ where $[K:\mathbb{Q}]=3$ I want to find a multiplicative inverse of $\sigma$ i .e ...
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intersection of radical extensions of Q

Are there radical extensions $\mathbb{Q}\subseteq R_1$ and $\mathbb{Q}\subseteq R_2$ such that $R_1 \cap R_2$ is not radical over $\mathbb{Q}$? My guess is that one can find a such example, but I ...
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Finding the general form of an element in $\frac{\mathbb{Z}_4 [x]}{(x^2 + 1)}$

I'm trying to find the general form of elements in the quotient ring: $$R = \frac{\mathbb{Z}_4 [x]}{(x^2 + 1)}$$ Now my initial thoughts are to take a general element $f \in R$ so that $f = g + (x^2 ...
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Prove that every sum of squares in $K$ is a square in $K$, where $K$ is certain field.

Let $K$ be a field such that $f(t)=t^{2}+1$ is an irreducible polynomial in $K[t]$. Let $i$ be a root of $f$ in an algebraic closure of $K$. Suppose every element of $K(i)$ is a square in $K(i)$. ...
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Splitting field and intermediate fields

Find splitting field $K$ of polynomial $x^3-7$ over $\mathbb{Q} (\sqrt{3} )$ and find $(K: \mathbb{Q} )$ $G(K/ \mathbb{Q} )$ Find intermediate fields between $\mathbb{Q}$ and $K$. So the ...
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Galois extension of two fields

I am preparing myself to the exam in algebra and I have found the following exercise, which is quite hard for me. Do you have any suggestions for solving it? For fields $K\subseteq L,M\subseteq \bar ...
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Field extension of fraction field of polynomial ring modulo an ideal.

My apologies for the relatively long question, but I am trying to understand a step in a proof, which needs some preliminary explanation. Let $K$ be a field and $I$ a prime ideal of ...
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Showing that $\frac{\mathbb{C}[X]}{<x-1>}$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{C}$

I'm trying to show that $\frac{\mathbb{C}[X]}{<x-1>} \cong \mathbb{C}$ and I am not sure if this argument is correct. Define $\phi: \mathbb{C}[X] \to \mathbb{C}$ by $\sum a_it^i \to \sum a_i$. ...
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For $a=\cos(2\pi/n)$, show that $[\mathbb{Q}(a):\mathbb{Q}] = \ldots$

For $a=\cos(2\pi/n)$, show that $[\mathbb{Q}(a):\mathbb{Q}] = \{1 \text{ for } n=1,2; (1/2)\phi(n) \text{ for } n>2\}$. $\phi$ is the Euler totient function which gives the number of coprime ...
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simple extension with algebraic over the field

Assume that $F$ is infinite, that $v,w \in K$ are algebraic over $F$, and that $w$ is a root of a separable polynomial in $F[x]$. How will I be able to prove that $F(v,w)$ is a simple extension of ...