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Question about a property certain algebraic extensions $E/K$ (not necessarily separable) have.

A few days ago I found this question here on math.stackexchange, which gave a sufficient criterion for a separable, algebraic extension $E/K$ to be an algebraic closure of $K$. However it was claimed ...
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algebraic version of “finite covering of a compact space is compact”

The following statement is an exercise in point set topology: If $E \to X$ is a covering with nonempty finite fibers and $X$ is compact, then also $E$ is compact. Now Grothendieck generalized covering ...
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What is the degree of a real closure of an ordered field?

Given a subfield $F$ of $\Bbb R$, let the real-closure of $F$ be the smallest subfield of $\Bbb R$ which is real-closed and extends $F$. Since the theory of real-closed fields is complete, this is in ...
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Genus of $k(T)$?

Let $F$ be a function field in one variable with total constant field $k$, let $X$ be the set of all places $F$, and let $S$ be a nonempty finite subset of $X$. Then the genus of $F$ is equal to the ...
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algebraically closed fields of characteristic 0 and $\mathbb{C}$

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic 0. Then I've heard that if $k$ has cardinality no greater than that of $\mathbb{C}$, then there is an embedding ...
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On a Proof in Galois Theory

We have the following lemma (used in the proof of Abel's Theorem): If $\text{Char}(F)=0$, $E/F$ is a radical extension, and $K/E$ is the Galois closure of $E/F$, then $K/F$ is also a radical ...
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Relationship between intersection and compositum of fields

This issue came up in a number theory lecture today. Let $K$ be a number field and let $L/K$ be an abelian (finite Galois) extension. Then there exists a primitive $m$th root of unity $\zeta_m$ so ...
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Prove $\sqrt[3]{3} \notin \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[3]{2})$

I've tried solving $\sqrt[3]{3} =a + b* \sqrt[3]{2}+c* \sqrt[3]{4}$, but there is no obvious contradiction, even when taking the norms/traces of both sides. I can't think of another approach. This is ...
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Proving that these two fields $\mathbb Z_{11}[x]/〈 x^2+1〉$ and $\mathbb Z_{11}[x]/〈 x^2+x+4〉$ are isomorphic with $121$ elements each.

I have been stuck in this problem for some time now. Prove that $x^2+2$ and $x^2+x+4$ are irreducible over $\mathbb{Z}_{11}$. Also, prove further $\mathbb Z_{11}[x]/\langle x^2+1\rangle$ and ...
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Puiseux series over an algebraically closed field

Using the construction $R_n = K[t^\frac1n]$, $L_n = \text{Quot}(R_n)$ and $P = \bigcup_{n\in \mathbb{N}}L_N$ one automatically gets that the Puiseux series are a field. Nevertheless they are also an ...
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Show that $\pi \notin Q(\pi^3)$

As the title says. I think a proof by contradiction is the most natural thing. Suppose $\pi \in Q(\pi^3)$. Then \begin{equation} \pi = ...
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Constructing a Galois extension field with Galois group $S_n$

Constructing a Galois extension field $E$ with $Gal(E/F)= S_n$ How do I construct one?
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Can you construct a field over every set $M$?

I know there are finite fields like $\mathbb F_2$, $\mathbb F_4$ or the $\mathbb Z/n\mathbb Z$ for prime $n$ with modulo operations. For other special $n$, I've seen fields $\mathbb F_n$ with $n$ ...
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Galois group of the splitting field of the polynomial $x^5 - 2$ over $\mathbb Q$

We know that the splitting field of $x^5 - 2 $ over $\mathbb Q$ is $\mathbb Q(2^{1/5}, \rho)$, where $\rho$ is a fifth root of unity. Therefore, $\left[\mathbb Q(2^{1/5} , \rho) : \mathbb Q \right] = ...
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Does there exist a field $K$ such that $\mathbb R \subsetneq K \subsetneq \mathbb C$?

I'm thinking of unions of $\mathbb R$ with some subset of $\mathbb C$ but am not sure how to approach this without ending up with all of $\mathbb C$. Doe anyone have any suggestions?
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Can we turn $\mathbb{R}^n$ into a field by changing the multiplication?

Of course $\mathbb{R}$ is a field with usual addition and multiplication. When we move up a dimension into $\mathbb{R}^2$, however, there is not a clear way to multiply two vectors together to get ...
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How can one express $\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2}}$ without using the square root of a square root?

I was trying to review some analysis, and came across problem 3 from page 78 of Walter Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis. As part of the problem, I wanted to try to write ...
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$\mathbb{Q}(\pi, i\pi)$ over $\mathbb{Q}$

Is $\mathbb Q(\pi,i\pi):\mathbb Q$ a simple extension?
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Why is $\{a + b\sqrt2 + c\sqrt3 : a\in\Bbb{Z}, b, c \in\Bbb{Q}\}$ not closed under multiplication?

The set $R = \{a + b\sqrt{2} + c\sqrt{3}: a \in \Bbb{Z}, c, b \in \Bbb{Q}\}$ is not closed on multiplication, my textbook states. Why is this? And related to that: why then is $S = \{a + b\sqrt{2} : ...
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Can two different roots of an irreducible polynomial generate the same extension?

Let $K$ be a field and $f(x)$ be an irreducible polynomial over $K$. Suppose, $f(x)$ has degree at least $2$. Is it possible that if $a,b$ are two roots of $f(x)$ with $a\neq b$, then $K(a)=K(b)$. ...
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Is it true that $\mathbb{F}_{1}^{\ast} \equiv \mathbb{F}_{2}^{\ast}$ implies $\mathbb{F}_{1} \equiv \mathbb{F}_{2}$?

Let $\mathbb{F}_{1}$ and $\mathbb{F}_{2}$ be fields, and let $\mathbb{F}_{1}^{\ast}$ and $\mathbb{F}_{2}^{\ast}$ denote the corresponding groups of units. If $\mathbb{F}_{1}$ and $\mathbb{F}_{2}$ are ...
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Construct algebraic closure of $\mathbb{Q}$

In abstract algebra lecture, the lecturer wants to construct an algebraic closure of $\mathbb{Q}$. The construction is as follow: Suppose $\mathbb{Q_1}=\mathbb{Q}$. Let $\mathbb{Q}_2$ be the set ...
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Finding inverse of polynomial in a field

I'm having trouble with the procedure to find an inverse of a polynomial in a field. For example, take: In $\frac{\mathbb{Z}_3[x]}{m(x)}$, where $m(x) = x^3 + 2x +1$, find the inverse of $x^2 + ...
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Good undergraduate level book on Cyclotomic fields

I have Lang's 2 volume set on "Cyclotomic fields", and Washington's "Introduction to Cyclotomic Fields", but I feel I need something more elementary. Maybe I need to read some more on algebraic number ...
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Help with proof that $\mathbb Z[i]/\langle 1 - i \rangle$ is a field.

I have been having a lot of trouble teaching myself rings, so much so that even "simple" proofs are really difficult for me. I think I am finally starting to get it, but just to be sure could some one ...
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Unique quadratic subfield of $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_p)$ is $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{p})$ if $p \equiv 1$ $(4)$, and $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-p})$ if $p \equiv 3$ $(4)$

I want to prove the assertion: The unique quadratic subfield of $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_p)$ is $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{p})$ when $p \equiv 1 \pmod{4}$, respectively $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-p})$ when $p \equiv 3 ...
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Is $\mathbb{Q}_p(\zeta_p)$ the same as $\mathbb{Q}_p(p^{\frac{1}{p-1}})$?

It seems so. $\mathbb{Q}_p(\zeta_p)$ is a $p-1^{th}$ extension of $\mathbb{Q}_p$ which doesn't extend the residue field; and so is $\mathbb{Q}_p(p^{\frac{1}{p-1}})$. However I can't see how to express ...
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What does algebraic mean?

If something is algebraic in a field, what does it mean? I don't know the correct phrasing. An element $a \in K$ is algebraic over $F$. Please can someone give some correct phrasing with a simple ...
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Can we make $\mathbb{Z}$ into a field?

This is probably an elementary question about fields, but I think it is a little tricky. Can we make the integers $\mathbb{Z}$ into a field? Let me be more precise. Is it possible to make ...
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Do maximal proper subfields of the real numbers exist?

To clarify the problem, consider the field ${\Bbb R}$ as a field extension of ${\Bbb Q}$ using some sort of Hamel basis. Does there exist a field $F\subsetneq{\Bbb R}$ such that $F(\sqrt{2})={\Bbb R}$ ...
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Irreducible cyclotomic polynomial

I want to know if there is a way to decide if a cyclotomic polynomial is irreducible over a field $\mathbb{F}_q$?
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Algebraic closure of $(\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z})(T)$

Is there a concrete description of the algebraic closure of $(\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z})(T)$?
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why are subextensions of Galois extensions also Galois?

An algebraic extension of fields $L|K$ is defined to be a Galois extension iff the set of elements of $L$ invariant under the action of $Aut_K L$ is $K$. Apparently in the sequence of field ...
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Problem in Jacobson's Basic Algebra (Vol. I)

It is section $4.4$, exercise number $5$. It says the following: Let $F$ be a field of characteristic $p$. Show that $f(x)=x^p-x-a$ has no multiple roots and that $f(x)$ is irreducible in $F[x]$ if ...
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Elementary proof of $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_n)\cap \mathbb{Q}(\zeta_m)=\mathbb{Q}$ when $\gcd(n,m)=1$.

In an answer to another question I used the fact that $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_m)\subseteq \mathbb{Q}(\zeta_n)$ if and only if $m$ divides $n$ (here $\zeta_n$ stands for a primitive $n$th root of unity, ...
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Degree of $\sqrt{2}+\sqrt[3]{5}$ over $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2})$ and $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[3]{5})$

I'm self-studying field extensions. I ran over an exercise which I can't completely solve. (I haven't yet started studying Galois theory, and I think this exercise isn't meant to be solved using it, ...
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The angle $168^\circ$ is constructible

Prove that the angle $\theta=168^\circ$ is constructible using a straightedge and a compass. It is enough to show that the number $\cos\theta$ is constructible, and WolframAlpha gave ...
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On irreducible factors of $x^{2^n}+x+1$ in $\mathbb Z_2[x]$

Prove that each irreducible factor of $f(x)=x^{2^n}+x+1$ in $\mathbb Z_2[x]$ has degree $k$, where $k\mid 2n$. Edit. I know I should somehow relate the question to an extension of $\mathbb Z_2$ of ...
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Is there a proper subfield $K\subset \mathbb R$ such that $[\mathbb R:K]$ is finite?

Is there a proper subfield $K\subset \mathbb R$ such that $[\mathbb R:K]$ is finite? Here $[\mathbb R:K]$ means the dimension of $\mathbb R$ as a $K$-vector space. What I have tried: If we can find ...
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A question regarding normal field extensions and Galois groups

The following is possibly true but I can't find a corresponding theorem: If $E/F$ is the splitting field of some polynomial in $F$ and $F \subset K \subset E$ then: $Gal(E/K)$ normal subgroup of ...
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Does $f=g_1^{n_1}\cdots g_k^{n_k}$ imply $Gal(f)=Gal(g_1)\times\cdots\times Gal(g_k)$?

Let $f\in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ and $f=g_1^{n_1}\cdots g_k^{n_k}$ where $g_1,\cdots, g_k$ are distinct irreducible polynomials over $\mathbb{Q}$. Whether does it hold $Gal(f)=Gal(g_1)\times\cdots\times ...
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Cyclotomic extensions of $\Bbb Q$

Let $n>4$, and $(h,n) = 1$. How to show that $[\mathbb{Q}(\tan 2 \pi h/n):\mathbb{Q}]= \phi(n)$ or $\phi(n)/2$ or $\phi(n)/4$ respectively if $\gcd(n,8)<4$ or $\gcd(n,8)=4$ or ...
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Why $E$ is the algebraic closure of $K$?

Let $E/K$ be a separable, algebraic extension such that every noncostant polynomial in $K[x]$ has a root in $E$, then $E$ is an algebraic closure of $K$. Could you help me to solve this exercise? ...
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How many solutions of the equation $x^2-y^2=1$ are there with $x,y\in\mathbb F_{p^n}$?

Let $p>2$ be an odd prime. Let $\mathbb F_{p^n}$ be the field with $p^n$ elements. How many solutions of the equation $x^2-y^2=1$ are there with $x,y\in\mathbb F_{p^n}$? My work: Char $F=p$. ...
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Finiteness of the Algebraic Closure

Let $\mathbb R$ be the field of real numbers. Its algebraic closure, the field $\mathbb C$, is a finite extension of $\mathbb R$, which has degree 2. Are there other examples of fields (not ...
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Intermediate field between $F$ and $F(x)$

Suppose that $F$ is a field and that $u \in F(x):= \{PQ^{-1}:P,Q \in F[x], Q\neq 0 \}$, so that $F \subseteq F(u) \subseteq F(x)$. Is there a general method for determining $[F(x):F(u)]$? For my ...
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Is a completion of an algebraically closed field with respect to a norm also algebraically closed?

Assume we have an algebraically closed field $F$ with a norm (where $F$ is considered as a vector space over itself), so that $F$ is not complete as a normed space. Let $\overline F$ be its completion ...
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Example of a complete, non-archimedean ordered field

I'm looking for a concrete example of a complete (in the sense that all Cauchy sequences converge) but non-archimedean ordered field, to see that these two properties are independent (an example of ...
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What is going on in this degree 8 number field that fails to be a quaternion extension of $\mathbb{Q}$?

This is a soft but very mathematically hands-on question. Hopefully it will be interesting to more than just me. Thanks in advance for your help in thinking clearly about what follows. I have been ...
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A field which is not algebraically closed but has no extensions of a fixed degree(s)?

Consider the field $k$ obtained as the union of all finite towers of degree $2$ extensions over the rationals. Then $k$ has no degree $2$ extensions, yet $k$ admits extensions of every other finite ...