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When are nonintersecting finite degree field extensions linearly disjoint?

Let $F$ be a field, and let $K,L$ be finite degree field extensions of $F$ inside a common algebraic closure. Consider the following two properties: (i) $K$ and $L$ are linearly disjoint over $F$: ...
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Prop. 3.2.15 in Liu: Geometrically reduced algebraic variety

I have a problem with proposition 3.2.15 of Algebraic geometry and arithmetic curves of Qing Liu: Let $X$ be an integral algebraic variety over $k$. If $X$ is geometrically reduced then $K(X)$ is a ...
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Squares in a Cyclotomic Extension

Is there an algorithm that can tell me whether some element of $\mathbb{Q}(\omega_n)$ is a square (i.e. in $(\mathbb{Q}(\omega_n)^{\times})^2$) ? An element $a = \sum_{i=0}^{\phi(n) - 1} a_i ...
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What is the overall idea of Galois theory?

I am a third year undergraduate, doing a course on Field and Galois theory. Now, while I seem to understand most of the concepts locally, I do not seem to get the 'Whole picture' of what is happening ...
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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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Proof that a finite separable extension has only finite many intermediate fields

Let $E/F$ be finite separable extension. Is there any proof of the fact that there are only finitely many intermediate fields without using primitive element theorem or fundamental theorem of Galois ...
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Ramification group fixing an unramified extension

For a Galois extension of local fields $L/K$ with Galois group $G$, define the ramification groups $G_i$ by $$G_i = \{ \sigma \in G : \nu_{L}(\sigma(x) - x) \geq i+1 \text{ } \forall x \in ...
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Let $F_\infty=\bigcup_{n\geq1}\operatorname{Q}(2^{1/2^n})$ , $K_\infty=\bigcup_{n\geq1}\operatorname{Q}(\zeta_{2^n})$, what is the intersection?

Let $F_\infty=\bigcup_{n\geq1}\operatorname{Q}(2^{1/2^n})$ and $K_\infty=\bigcup_{n\geq1}\operatorname{Q}(\zeta_{2^n})$, What is the intersection $F_\infty\cap K_\infty$? Here $\zeta_{2^n}$ is a ...
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When exactly is the splitting of a prime given by the factorization of a polynomial?

Let $L/K$ be an extension of number fields with $L=K(\alpha)$, where $\alpha\in \mathcal{O}_L$. Let $f\in \mathcal{O}_K[x]$ be the minimal polynomial of $\alpha$ over $K$. Let ...
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Is there a general algorithm to find a primitive element of a given finite extension (with a finite number of intermediate fields)?)

I just want to know if there is an algorithm to find the primitive element of a given finite extension $F/k$ if the intermediate fields are given. I know how to approach it in particular examples ...
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Limits and colimits in the category of fields

It is said that the category of fields $\mathsf{Fld}$ is ill-behaved, for example it is not an algebraic theory, does not have initial or terminal objects. In particular it is not presentable. On the ...
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Is there an online database somewhere that lists identities for algebraic structures with two binary operators?

I'm working on an abstract algebra library in Python, and I'm trying to include as many functions that analyze algebraic structures, returning true or false based on whether or not the algebra ...
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Intuition about structures in Galois Theory.

Background Often in mathematics I find we can ask "why" something is true. Of course, this is not a well defined question. However, it usually prompts answers that includes words like ...
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Deriving the Bring-Jerrard quintic using a $cubic$ Tschirnhausen transformation

One can simultaneously eliminate three terms from the general quintic using a quartic Tschirnhausen transformation. The 4th parameter of the quartic allows it to be done in radicals and details are in ...
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Irreducible polynomials of degree $d$ such that $[x]$ generates $\mathbf{F}_{p^d}^{\times}$

It is often convenient to represent the field $\mathbf{F}_{p^d}$ as $\mathbf{F}_p[x]/(f(x))$, where $f$ is irreducible with degree $d$, $f$ has just a few nonzero terms, and $[x]$ itself is the ...
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Prove that every algebraic extensions over $\mathbb{R}$ are isomorphic to $\mathbb{R}/\mathbb{R}$ or $\mathbb{C}/\mathbb{R}$

Prove that every algebraic extensions over $\mathbb{R}$ are isomorphic to $\mathbb{R}/\mathbb{R}$ or $\mathbb{C}/\mathbb{R}$ Corollary $3.20$ page $267$ of Hungerford - Algebra: "Every proper ...
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Is there a different copy of $\Bbb{R}$ in $\Bbb{C}$ such that the extension is algebraic?

Since $\Bbb{C}$ contains a non-trivial copy of itself, I know that there are multiple subfields of $\Bbb{C}$ isomorphic to $\Bbb{R}$. But these inclusions make the extension non-algebraic. So are ...
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Extension fields of $\mathbb Q$

Let $\mathbb Q$ be the field of rationals. Let $m_1, m_2,\dots, m_k$ be in $\mathbb N^*$. Let $t_1, t_2, \dots, t_k$ be in $\mathbb N$. Suppose $t_i^{1/m_i}$ $\neq $ $q t_j^{1/m_j}$ for ...
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Purely inseparable extension of algebraic function field

Let $K$ be a field with $\operatorname{char}(K) = p > 0$ and with the property that $[K:K^p] < \infty$. Let $F/K$ be an algebraic function field, i.e there is an element $x \in F$ which is ...
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Matrix representation of field automorphism

Let $K$ be the degree $n$ field extension of the field $k$, and let $\alpha_1,\dots,\alpha_n\in K$ be a basis of $K$ over $k$ (as a vector space). I read somewhere that the following matrix $$ M= ...
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Dimension of An Ultraproduct Field as a Vector Space over Another Ultraproduct Field

Suppose $F \subseteq K$ are fields with $G$ an ultrafilter on an infinite set $X$. If $F^{\ast}$ and $K^{\ast}$ represent the ultraproducts respectively of $F$ and $K$, it is easy to see that $[K : ...
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System of polynomial equations over rational field

Fix $n\geq 2$. Let $p:=x_1^2+\ldots+x_{n-1}^2+1\in\mathbb{Q}[x_1,\ldots,x_{n-1}]$. Suppose $u_1,\ldots,u_n,v_1,\ldots,v_n\in\mathbb{Q}[x_1,\ldots,x_{n-1}]$ satisfy the following equations: ...
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Is there a recurrence formula for finding primitive polynomials in order to construct $\mathbb{F}_{p^n}$?

(In a previous question, I asked some related question but it was very disorientingly formulated. I apologize for that.) Let $p$ be a prime and $n\geq 1$ an integer. The finite field ...
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Fields whose algebraic closure cannot be constructed without the axiom of choice

One can show that the statement that every field has an algebraic closure requires the axiom of choice. However, for almost all "everyday" fields, it seems that one can actually produce an algebraic ...
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Isomorphism between finite fields adjoining a root

Let $p(x)=x^3+x^2+1$ and $q(x)=x^3+x+1$ be polynomials over the field $\mathbb{Z}_2$. Let $\alpha$ be a root of $p(x)$ and $\beta$ be a root of $q(x)$. Now let $K=\mathbb{Z}_2(\alpha)$ and ...
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Ultraproduct of the algebraic closure of finite fields

Ok, I have done a little research on the next problem, and there are simple proofs of it using model theory, logic and the Łoś's theorem. But here, the idea is to prove it using only Field Theory, ...
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Multiplicative nature of the separability degree

In what follows, let $E / F$ be an algebraic extension, $h(x),f(x)\in F[x]$ polynomials, $h(x)$ irreducible. Definitions. We say $h(x)$ is separable if it have not repeated factors. We say $f(x)$ ...
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Algebraical Fujita cancellation

If there exists some birational equivalence between ruled surfaces $C\times\mathbb{P}^1$ and $C'\times\mathbb{P}^1$ over a sufficiently nice field, then one can cancel the projective line and conclude ...
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Transcendental elements in $k[[x]]$ over the field $k(x)$

I have a hard time to prove that $k[[x]]$ contains an element which is transcendental over $k(x)$. Could you please explain the some idea how to do that?
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Minimal polynomial of a finite purely inseparable field extension

Given $F$, a field with characteristic $p > 0$, and a finite purely inseparable field extension $E$. Then prove that the minimal polynomial $f(x)$ of any $\alpha \in E\backslash F$ will be of the ...
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Determining whether or not an extension is a splitting field

On an exam for my modern algebra class, we were asked to determine whether or not $\Bbb{Q}\left(\alpha\right)$ is the splitting field (here using the convention that splitting field means the smallest ...
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Intuition behind “Non-Archimedean” — two senses of “non-archimedean”.

There appear to be two senses of the qualifier "Archimedean" for fields. One is for ordered fields, and one is for "valued fields" (fields with an absolute value function defined). In the first case, ...
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Can we construct a $\mathbb Q$-basis for the Pythagorean closure of $\mathbb Q?$

This is a follow-up question to this one. I asked it there first but moved it here following the advice from Cam McLeman. I tried to prove that $(\mathbb P:\mathbb Q)=\aleph_0$ and I think I ...
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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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What branch of math is this?

In this paper: http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/0505016v1.pdf what are the branch(es) of math being used? The unnumbered eq. on the top of page 3 and eq. (7) are good examples. All I've been able to figure ...
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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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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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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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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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galois extension of imaginary quadratic field

Let $K$ be an imaginary quadratic field, and let $K \subset L$ be a Galois extension. Let $\tau$ denote complex conjugation. Show that $L$ is Galois over $\mathbb{Q}$ if and only if $\tau(L)=L$. My ...
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Splitting field containing $n$th root

Let $K$ be a splitting field of a polynomial over $\mathbb{Q}$. Suppose $K$ contains an $n$th root of some number $a$. Then how can we show that $K$ contains all the $n$th roots of unity? I don't ...
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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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Question about Wantzel's proof of the necessary condition for compass/straightedge constructibility

I'm trying to understand Wantzel's original proof of the necessary condition for constructibility with a straightedge and compass. It's expressed in terms of polynomials rather than field extensions. ...
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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 ...