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The square roots of different primes are linearly independent over the field of rationals

I need to find a way of proving that the square roots of a finite set of different primes are linearly independent over the field of rationals. I've tried to solve the problem using ...
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Proof that an integral domain that is a finite-dimensional $F$-vector space is in fact a field

I'm reading Galois Theory by Steven H. Weintraub (second edition), and finding that I'm at least somewhat short on the prerequisites. However the following proof looks wrong to me - am I ...
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How do I prove that $x^p-x+a$ is irreducible in a field with $p$ elements when $a\neq 0$?

How do I prove that $x^p-x+a$ is irreducible in a field with $p$ elements when $a\neq 0$? Right now I'm able to prove that it has no roots and that it is separable, but I have not a clue as to ...
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Is $\mathbf{Q}(\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3}) = \mathbf{Q}(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})$?

Is $\mathbf{Q}(\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3}) = \mathbf{Q}(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})$ ? $$\mathbf{Q}(\sqrt{2},\sqrt{3})=\{a+b\sqrt{2}+c\sqrt{3}+d\sqrt{6} \mid a,b,c,d\in\mathbf{Q}\}$$ ...
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Proving that $\left(\mathbb Q[\sqrt p_1,\dots,\sqrt p_n]:\mathbb Q\right)=2^n$ for distinct primes $p_i$.

I have read the following theorem. If $p_1,p_2,\dots,p_n$ are distinct prime numbers, then$$\left(\mathbb Q\left[\sqrt p_1,\dots,\sqrt p_n\right]:\mathbb Q\right)=2^n.$$ I have tried to prove a ...
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reducible polynomial modulo every prime

how to show that $x^4+1$ is irreducible in $\mathbb Z[x]$ but it is reducible modulo every prime $p$. For example i know that $\mod 2 $, $x^4+1=(x+1)^4$ . Also $\mod 3$,we have that $0,1,2$ are not ...
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Polynomials irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}$ but reducible over $\mathbb{F}_p$ for every prime $p$

Let $f(x) \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$. If we reduce the coefficents of $f(x)$ modulo $p$, where $p$ is prime, we get a polynomial $f^*(x) \in \mathbb{F}_p[x]$. Then if $f^*(x)$ is irreducible and has the same ...
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How many irreducible polynomials of degree $n$ exist over $\mathbb{F}_p$?

I know that for every $n\in\mathbb{N}$, $n\ge 1$, there exists $p(x)\in\mathbb{F}_p[x]$ s.t. $\deg p(x)=n$ and $p(x)$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{F}_p$. I am interested in counting how many such ...
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Is $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2}) \cong \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{3})$?

In this post we saw isomorphism of vector spaces over $\mathbb{Q}$. Just came across this question: Is $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2}) \cong \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{3})$? In know these as $\mathbb{Q}$-Vector ...
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Example of infinite field of characteristic $p\neq 0$

Can you give me an example of infinite field of characteristic $p\neq0$? Thanks.
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Why must a field with a cyclic group of units be finite?

Let $F$ be a field and $F^* \subseteq F$ be its group of units. If $F^*$ is cyclic show that $F$ is finite. I'm a bit stuck. I know that I can represent $F^* = \langle u \rangle$ for some $u \in F^*$ ...
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How to solve fifth-degree equations by elliptic functions?

From F. Klein's books, It seems that one can find the roots of a quintic equation $$z^5+az^4+bz^3+cz^2+dz+e=0$$ (where $a,b,c,d,e\in\Bbb C$) by elliptic functions. How to get that?
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Continuity of the roots of a polynomial in terms of its coefficients

It's commonly stated that the roots of a polynomial are a continuous function of the coefficients. How is this statement formalized? I would assume it's by restricting to polynomials of a fixed ...
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Characteristic of a field is $0$ or prime

I'm trying to prove that the characteristic of any field $F$ is either $0$ or a prime number, but I have no idea what to do. Help?
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How to prove that the sum and product of two algebraic numbers is algebraic?

Suppose $E/F$ is a field extension and $\alpha, \beta \in E$ are algebraic over $F$. Then it is not too hard to see that when $\alpha$ is nonzero, $1/\alpha$ is also algebraic. If $a_0 + a_1\alpha + ...
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How to transform a general higher degree five or higher equation to normal form?

This is a continuation of How to solve fifth-degree equations by elliptic functions? How to transform a general higher degree five or higher equation to normal form? For xeample, a quintic equation ...
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Field with natural numbers

To make sure that we are talking about the same, I would like to post the relevant definitions I know first. Definitions: A pair $(G, +)$ where $G$ is a set and $+: G \times G \rightarrow G$ is ...
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Is there a purely algebraic proof of the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra?

Among the many techniques available at our disposal to prove FTA, is there any purely algebraic proof of the theorem? That seems reasonably unexpected, because somehow or the other we are depending ...
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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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Irreducibility of polynomial if no root (Capelli) [duplicate]

Let $F$ be a field of arbitrary characteristic, $a\in F$, and $p$ a prime number. Show that $$f(X)=X^p-a$$ is irreducible in $F[X]$ if it has no root in $F$. This answer to a related question ...
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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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What's the rationale for requiring that a field be a $\boldsymbol{non}$-$\boldsymbol{trivial}$ ring?

The title pretty much says it all. Of course, one answer (IMO unsatisfactory) to such questions goes something like "a definition is a definition, period." In my experience, mathematical definitions ...
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Subfields of finite fields

We know that if a finite field $F$ has characteristic $p$ (prime), then $F$ has cardinality $p^r$ where $r = [F:\mathbb{F}_p]$. I'm now trying to say something about the possible cardinalities of ...
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Finding a basis for $\Bbb{Q}(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})$ over $\Bbb{Q}$.

I have to find a basis for $\Bbb{Q}(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})$ over $\Bbb{Q}$. I determined that $\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}$ satisfies the equation $(x^2-5)^2-24$ in $\Bbb{Q}$. Hence, the basis should be ...
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Proving $\sqrt 3$ is irrational.

There is a very simple proof by means of divisibility that $\sqrt 2$ is irrational. I have to prove that $\sqrt 3$ is irrational too, as a homework. I have done it as follows, ad absurdum: Suppose ...
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How to prove that $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{p_1}, \sqrt{p_2}, \ldots \sqrt{p_n} ] = \mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{p_1}+ \sqrt{p_2}+\cdots + \sqrt{p_n}]$, for $p_i$ prime?

This is Exercise 18.14 from Algebra, Isaacs. $p_{1}\ ,\ p_{2}\ ,\ ... p_{n}$ are different prime numbers. How to show that $$\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{p_{1}}, \sqrt{p_{2}}, \ldots \sqrt{p_{n}} ] = ...
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Basis of primitive nth Roots in a Cyclotomic Extension?

While reading one of Keith Conrad's great blurbs, Linear Independence of Characters, there is a footnote at the bottom of page 2 saying In general, the primitive $n$th roots of unity in the $n$th ...
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Why does an irreducible polynomial split into irreducible factors of equal degree over a Galois extension?

I've been struggling to prove this fact over the past day or so. Suppose $f(x)\in F[X]$ is irreducible over a field $F$ with $\deg(f)=n$, and let $L$ be the splitting field of $f(x)$ over $F$ with ...
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degree of a field extension

Let $\alpha$ be a root of $x^3+3x-1$ and $\beta$ be a root of $x^3-x+2$. What is the degree of $\mathbb{Q}(\alpha^2+\beta)$ over $\mathbb{Q}$? My guess is 9, because i found a monic polynomial of ...
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On the meaning of being algebraically closed

The definition of algebraic number is that $\alpha$ is an algebraic number if there is a nonzero polynomial $p(x)$ in $\mathbb{Q}[x]$ such that $p(\alpha)=0$. By algebraic closure, every nonconstant ...
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If $A$ an integral domain contains a field $K$ and $A$ over $K$ is a finite-dimensional vector space, then $A$ is a field. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Proof that an integral domain that is a finite-dimensional $F$-vector space is in fact a field I need to prove this result, but the only starting point I think of is to ...
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Is the size of the Galois group always $n$ factorial?

I am studying field theory, and I just started the chapter on Galois theory. Since a Galois extension is the splitting field of some polynomial $p(x)$ and this polynomial have exactly $n$ roots in ...
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Splitting field of $x^{n}-1$ over $\mathbb{Q}$

From I.N.Herstein's Topics in Algebra. Chap 5 Sec 5.3 Page 227 Problem 8 Problem 8: If $n>1$ prove that the splitting field of $x^{n}-1$ over the field of rational numbers is of degree $\Phi(n)$ ...
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Showing that $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3}]$ contains multiplicative inverses

Why must $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3}]$ -- the set of all polynomials in $\sqrt{2}$ and $\sqrt{3}$ with rational coefficients -- contain multiplicative inverses? I have gathered that every ...
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Equal simple field extensions?

I have a question about simple field extensions. For a field $F$, if $[F(a):F]$ is odd, then why is $F(a)=F(a^2)$?
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Rigidity of the category of fields

Let's call a category rigid if every self-equivalence is isomorphic to the identity. For example, $\mathsf{Set}$, $\mathsf{Grp}$, $\mathsf{Ab}$, $\mathsf{CRing}$ (MO/106838), $\mathsf{Top}$ ...
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Why is $\mathbb{Q}(t,\sqrt{t^3-t})$ not a purely transcendental extension of $\mathbb{Q}$?

This question is taken from Dummit and Foote (14.9 #6). Any help will be appreciated: Show that if $t$ is transcendental over $\mathbb{Q}$, then $\mathbb{Q}(t,\sqrt{t^3-t})$ is not a purely ...
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How to solve polynomial equations in a field and/or in a ring?

I'm studying for my exam, and I stuck on solving polynomials in a field and/or in a ring. Let me give you some examples: (1) Solve equation $x^2+4x+3=0$ in field $\mathbb{Z}_5$, $\mathbb{Z}_8$ and in ...
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Why does $K \leadsto K(X)$ preserve the degree of field extensions?

The following is a problem in an algebra textbook, probably a well-known fact, but I just don't know how to Google it. Let $K/k$ be a finite field extension. Then $K(X)/k(X)$ is also finite with ...
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For field extensions $F\subsetneq K \subset F(x)$, $x$ is algebraic over $K$

Let $x$ be an element not algebraic over $F$, and $K \subset F(x)$ a subfield that differs from $F$. Why is $x$ algebraic over $K$? Thanks a lot!
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Prove $f=x^p-a$ either irreducible or has a root. (arbitrary characteristic) (without using the field norm) [duplicate]

Let $K$ be an arbitrary field, $p$ a prime and $a\in K$. Show $f=x^p-a$ is either irreducible in $K[x]$ or has a root in $K$. My strategy was to split this up into a case for each ...
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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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Number fields with all degrees equal to a power of three

Say that a number field $\mathbb K$ is $3$-powerful if the degree (over $\mathbb Q$) of every non-rational element of ${\mathbb K}$ is a power of $3$. By Zorn’s lemma, the field $\cal A$ of all ...
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Sum of irrational numbers, a basic algebra problem

Let $x_1,\dots,x_n$ be positive rational numbers. If $\sqrt[l_1]{x_1},\dots,\sqrt[l_n]{x_n}$ are all irrational numbers (where $l_1,l_2,\dotsc,l_n\in\Bbb N^*$), does it follow that $$\sqrt[l_1]{x_1}+ ...
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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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Galois Field Fourier Transform

there are two definitions for Reed-Solomon codes, as transmitting points and as BCH code ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed%E2%80%93Solomon_error_correction ). On Wikipedia there is written that we ...
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What is $\operatorname{Gal}(\mathbb Q(\zeta_n)/\mathbb Q(\sin(2\pi k/n))$?

Let $\zeta_n$ be the $n$-th primitive root of unity and $4 \mid n$. Consider the field extensions $\mathbb Q \subset \mathbb Q(\sin(2\pi k/n) \subset \mathbb Q(\zeta_n)$. What is the degree of the ...
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Why is the product of all units of a finite field equal to $-1$?

Suppose $F=\{0,a_1,\dots,a_{q-1}\}$ is a finite field with $q=p^n$ elements. I'm curious, why is the product of all elements of $F^\ast$ equal to $-1$? I know that $F^\ast$ is cyclic, say generated by ...
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How to prove that the Frobenius homomorphism is surjective?

$R$ is a domain with characteristic $p$ ($p$ is prime).There is a homomorphism $f : R \to R$, $f(a)=a^p$. $f$ is called the Frobenius homomorphism. And I have known this. When $R$ which is mentioned ...
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Existence of irreducible polynomials over finite field

Let $F$ be a finite field. How do we prove that for each $n \in \mathbb{N}$ there is an irreducible polynomial of degree $n$? One can assume that $F = \mathbb{F}_{p^m}$ where $p$ is prime. If $n \ge ...