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Dummit & Foote: Construction of the regular $17$-gon

In the last step of the exercise where we construct the $17$-gon, I have to draw a circle with a diameter whose endpoints are $(0, 1)$ and $(\eta_1', \eta_4')$ and show that it intersects the positive ...
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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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Help Understanding Field Extension/Linear Algebra Problem

Let $E = F(\alpha)$ be a simple field extension of a finite field F by an algebraic element $\alpha$. Thinking of $E$ as an $F$-vector space, define a linear transformation $$T:E\rightarrow ...
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Question about the number of roots of irreducible polinomials.

Suppose $F|K$ is a field extension and let $\alpha \in F$ be an algebraic element over $K$ and let $\beta \in K(\alpha)$. Let $f=Irr(\alpha, K)$, $g=Irr(\beta, K)$, $h=Irr(\alpha, K(\beta))$. Let $L$ ...
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Let $F$ be a field of 8 elements and $A$= {$x\in F$| $x^7$=1 and $x^k$$\neq$1 for all natural number k<1}. Then the number of elements in A is

Let $F$ be a field of $8$ elements and $A$= {$x\in F$| $x^7$=1 and $x^k$$\neq$1 for all natural number $k<1$}. Then the number of elements in $A$ is: a) 1 b) 2 c) 3 d) 6 Please give me some ...
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Field homomorphism into itself

Suppose $F$ is algebraic over $\mathbb{Q}$ and $\varphi \colon F \to F$ is a homomorphism. Prove that $\varphi$ is an isomorphism. I came across this question here but I don't quite get why $F$ ...
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Minimum polynomial of $\sqrt{2} + \sqrt[3]{5}$ above $\mathbb{Q}$ (and a generalization)

I have found that $\alpha = \sqrt{2} + \sqrt[3]{5}$ is a root of $f(x) = x^6-6x^4-10x^3+12x^2-60x+17$. I don't know if this is the minimum polynomial of $\sqrt{2} + \sqrt[3]{5}$ above $\mathbb{Q}$. I ...
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Showing that minimal polynomial has the same irreducible factors as characteristic polynomial

I'm trying to show that the minimal polynomial of a linear transformation $T:V \to V$ over some field $k$ has the same irreducible factors as the characteristic polynomial of $T$. So if $m = ...
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About a field of order $2^{n}$ with $n$ an odd integer and an additional property

I'm new in the world of fields (so I don't have any strong theorem at my disposal) and I've got stuck in this problem: Given a field of order $2^{n}$ with $n$ an odd integer and $a,b$ elements ...
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Models of ZFC as Ordered Fields

Question: Let $M$ be a set such that $\langle M,\in\rangle\vDash ZFC$. Consider the partial order $\langle M,\subseteq\rangle$. Using order extension principle there is a linear order $\subseteq^{*}$ ...
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About $Z_{p}[\sqrt{k}]$, when is it a field?

I give up. I'm new in the fields world, and I'm trying to give a sufficient and necessary condition for $\mathbb{Z}_{p}[\sqrt{k}]=\{a+b\sqrt{k}:a,b\in \mathbb{Z}_{p}\}$ to be a field ($p$ is a prime ...
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Field extensions and gcd

Let $L|K$ be a field extension and let $u, v \in L$ be algebraic elements over $K$ such that $[K(u):K]=n$ and $[K(v):K]=m$. Show that if $\gcd(m, n)=1$ then $Irr(v, k)$ is irreducible on $K(u)$. ...
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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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Does the degree of a field extension depend on the embedding of the base field?

To formulate the question more precisely, let $f$ be a field monomorphism from $F$ to $E$. The extension field $E$ can be considered a vector space over $F$, if scalar multiplication is defined by the ...
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Proof of characterization of splitting fields

I'm trying to prove that if $K$ is a finite field extension of $F$ such that $K$ is the splitting field of some collection $C$ of polynomials in $F[x]$, then every irreducible polynomial in $F[x]$ ...
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Proving a structure is a field?

Please help with what I am doing wrong here. It has been awhile since Ive been in school and need some help. The question is: Let $F$ be a field and let $G=F\times F$. Define operations of addition ...
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$\mathbb Q$ Field extension

Consider the Field $F = \mathbb Q(2^{\frac 1 3})$, Is $\sqrt 2 \in F$? I'm trying to figure out how to determine that and similar questions, can you give me a hint or some guidance on how to do that? ...
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understanding roots of polynomials in field extensions

I'm running into a conceptual stumbling block understanding the application of the FHT to field extensions and finding roots, if anyone has any pointers on where I might be misunderstanding. I'm ...
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Looking for a field isomorphic to $\Bbb{Q}$

I am looking for a field that is isomorphic to $\Bbb{Q}$. Could someone kindly give an example, or construct one such field?
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A question about fields containing a copy of $\Bbb{Q}$

When we say a field contains a copy of the field of rational numbers $\Bbb{Q}$, what does this really mean? Does it mean it contains a field isomorphic to $\Bbb{Q}$, or does it mean it contains ...
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Question about fields and quotients of polynomial rings

I don't see how to solve the following problem: Let $R$ be a commutative and unitary ring. If there exists a monic polynomial $f(x) \in R[x]$ so that $R[x]/(f(x))$ is a field, show that $R$ is a ...
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Prove that $K(\alpha)=K(\alpha^6)$ when $[K(\alpha):K]=2011$

Let $L/K$ be a finite extension and let $\alpha \in L$ so that $[K(\alpha):K]=2011$. Prove that $K(\alpha)=K(\alpha^6)$. My idea is as follows: $K \subset K(\alpha^6) \subset K(\alpha)$, therefore ...
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finite transcendence degree and algebraic closure

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field. Let $K$ be an extension field of $k$ of finite transcendence degree over $k$. Intuitively, it seems to me that $K$ can not be algebraically closed. Is there a ...
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$\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_7)$ subextension of degree $3$

Let $\zeta_7$ be a $7$-th primitive root of unity. Is there a way to determine a subextension of $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_7)$ that has degree $3$, without making use of Galois theory stuff?
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Find all subfields in extension $\mathbb{Q}\subseteq \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[4]{2})$

I want to find all intermediate subfields of extension $\mathbb{Q}\subseteq \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[4]{2})$. I guess that $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[4]{2})$ is not a splitting field, since we would have polynomial ...
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Simple field extension and roots of a polynomial

Let $K$ be a field, $f \in K[X]$ separable and irreducible with $\text{deg}(f)=n$; $x_1,...,x_n$ are the roots of $f$ in a splitting field of $f$ over $K$. Let $g \in K[X]$ be any polynomial with ...
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$\gcd(f,f')=1$ Does this imply that f has not multiply irreducible factors in $\mathbb{C}[x]$?

I want to find out if this affermation is true: let $f\in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ such that $\gcd(f,f')=1$ Does this imply that f has not multiply irreducible factors in $\mathbb{C}[x]$? (We know that it has ...
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Multiplicative Property of the degree of field extension

According to Artin's Algebra, chapter 15, section 3, the mapping property of the degree of field extension is as follows: Let $F\subset K\subset L$ be fields. Then $[L:F]=[L:K][K:F]$, where $[K:F]$ ...
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Polynomial irreducible - maximal ideal

I have a couple of ideals which I wonder if I correctly classify as maximal/prime ideal. $I_1 = \langle 2x^2 + 9x -3\rangle$, $I_2 = \langle x - 1\rangle$ $\mathbf 1)$ Is $I_1$ a maximal ideal in ...
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Is this proof that sigma is a fieldautomorphism legit?

I read a proof of the following theorem in "Basic abstract algebra" by Bhattacharya, Jain and Nagpaul and I thought that the proof looked overcomplicated. I have written my own proof of the theorem ...
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Let $R$ be a commutative ring with identity. Let $M$ be an ideal such that every element of $R-M$ is a unit. Then $R/M$ is a field.

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with identity. Let $M$ be an ideal such that every element of $R$ not in $M$ is a unit. Then $R/M$ is a field. I am solving this question of NBHM 2011. To solve this is ...
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Separability is transitive … for infinite extensions

Let $L/M/K$ be a tower of fields. The proof that $L/K$ is separable iff $L/M$ and $M/K$ are also separable is contained in a lot of notes and texts I've come across, subject to the assumption that the ...
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A Galois Extension over a field of characteristic p

Hi! I've been having a bit of trouble with this question, namely the very last part. It's from a past paper for a Galois Theory course, in which I have an exam on Monday. Basically, I can show every ...
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Basis of field - polynomial

Going through some old exams in my abstract algebra course, and was a bit curious to how I should neatly approach this problem. Let $F=\mathbb{Z_5}[x]/\langle x^3+x^2+1\rangle$ a) Give a basis of F ...
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Help with computing Galois group of $x^4 - 3$.

Let $f(x) = x^4 - 3$. I believe $Gal(f(x)) = Gal(\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[4]{3}, i)/\mathbb{Q})$, and then we have $$\sigma_1 = \begin{cases} \sqrt[4]{3} \rightarrow \zeta^n\sqrt[4]{3}, ...
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What differences are there between $\mathbb Z_p$ and $\mathbb F_p$?

I read some books about finite fields, sometimes the author refers to the finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$ and sometimes to the finite cyclic group $\mathbb Z_p$. What is the difference between them?
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Cyclotomic Cosets and Minimal Polynomial for 45

Currently I am working on matlab in order to find Cyclotomic Cosets for 45. As 45 in not in the format of 2^m-1, matlab give me an error. I am trying to write algorithm in matlab/octave for my ...
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Is there any example of usage for a vector space over the field of formal Laurent series?

The formal Laurent series over a field is a field. Is there any example where vector spaces over that field occur naturally?
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Hilbert's Basis Theorem question

If $F$ is a field and $R = F[t_1, t_2, ... t_k]$ and $Y$ is a set of polynomials in $k$ variables over $F$ then by Hilbert's basis theorem apparently $YR = \sum\limits_{i=1}^m f_i R$ for some ...
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Prove that $\alpha_{1} ^k+ \alpha_{2} ^k +…+ \alpha_{n} ^k = n$ for $k=0$ and $0$ for $k = 1,2,…,n-1$?

For $n\geq 2$ let $\alpha_{1} + \alpha_{2} +.....+ \alpha_{n} $ be all the nth roots of unity over a field and the roots are not necessarily to be distinct. So we have to prove that $\alpha_{1} ^k+ ...
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A result on extension fields in linear algebra.

Let $F$ be a subfield of $E$, $A$ an element of $\mathcal{M}_F(m,n)$ and $b$ a vector in $F^m \subset E^m$. What is the easiest way to prove the following statement: if $Ax = b$ has a solution in ...
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Why is $x^2-2ux+1$, where $u = \cos(\frac{2\pi}{n})$, irreducible in $\mathbb Q(u)$?

My textbook states that $x^2-2ux+1$, where $u = \cos(\frac{2\pi}{n})$ for some $n \in \mathbb N$ is clearly irreducible in $\mathbb Q(u)$. Is this obvious? I tried to write it as a product of ...
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Why does the characteristic need to be 3?

and this is the solution given Why do we need the characteristic to be 3? Why wouldn't this work if over $\mathbb{Z}/\mathbb{9Z}$?
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When is a companion matrix diagonalizable and what does this say about the associated field extension?

Consider the $n\times n$ matrix $$ M=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 0 & 0 & \cdots & 0 & 0 & -c_0\\ 1 & 0 & 0 & \cdots & 0 & 0 & -c_1\\ 0 & 1 & 0 & ...
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Field $K (x)$ of rational functions over $K$, the element $x$ has no $p$th root.

Let $p$ be a prime number, and let $K = \mathbb{F}_p$. Show that in the field $K (x)$ of rational functions over $K$, the element $x$ has no $p$th root. I am having trouble understanding what $x$ ...
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How exactly is $i=\sqrt{-1}$ related to $\mathbb{C}$ being a closed algebraic field?

There are many known proofs of why $\mathbb{C}$ (field of complex numbers) is algebraically closed (for example Cauchy's proof ) However: how does introducing the solution to the equation $x^2 + ...
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Is there a specific method to finding a basis for vector spaces over $\mathbb{Q}$ ?

I am stuck on the first one but there are 5 questions on this so I really need help with the process. If anyone can help with any of the following. i) Find a Basis for the field K = ...
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Fixed Field of automorphisms (of $k(x)$ with $k$ a field) Induced by $I(x)=x$, $\varphi_1(x) = \frac{1}{1-x}$, $\varphi_2 (x)=\frac{x-1}{x}$?

Since $I(x)=x$, $\varphi_1(x)=\frac{1}{1-x}$, $\varphi_2 (x)=\frac{x-1}{x}$ form a group of order 3 the group is cyclic so it is generated by $\varphi_1$ then I have to find the fixed field of ...
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Galois group - extend homomorphism to automorphism

Let $K \subset L$ be a finite Galois extension, $M$ a field with $K \subset M \subset L$ and $G := \text{Aut}(L/K)$. I want to show that if $\sigma \, \colon M \longrightarrow L$ is a ...
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Let $F/\mathbb{Q}$ be a degree 4 extension, NOT Galois. Prove that the Galois closure of $F$ has Galois group either $S_4, A_4$ or $D_8$.

The question is as the title states. So if $F=\mathbb{Q}(\alpha)$ for some alpha that satisfies a degree 4 polynomial $p(x)$, then we are looking for the splitting field of $p(x)$? I'm not sure what ...