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Finite fields are structures arising in abstract algebra. The order of a finite field is always a prime power, and for each prime power $q$ there is a single isomorphism type. It is usually denoted by $\mathbb{F}_q$ or $\operatorname{GF}(q)$.

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Shortest irreducible polynomials over $\Bbb F_p$ of degree $n$

For any prime $p$, one can realize any finite field $\Bbb F_{p^n}$ as the quotient of the ring $\Bbb F_p[X]$ by the maximal ideal generated by an irreducible polynomial $f$ of degree $n$. By dividing ...
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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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Universal binary operation and finite fields (ring)

Take Boolean Algebra for instance, the underlying finite field/ring $0, 1, \{AND, OR\}$ is equivalent to $0, 1, \{NAND\}$ or $0, 1, \{ NOR \}$ where NAND and NOR are considered as universal gates. ...
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Number of monic irreducible polynomials of degree $p$ over finite fields

Suppose $F$ is a field s.t $\left|F\right|=q$. Take $p$ to be some prime. How many monic irreducible polynomials of degree $p$ do exist over $F$? Thanks!
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What's so special about characteristic 2?

I've often read about things which do not work in a field with a characteristic $2$, mainly things which have to do with factoring, or similar things. I'm not exactly sure why, but the only example of ...
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Inner Product Spaces over Finite Fields

Inner product spaces are defined over a field $\mathbb{F}$ which is either $\mathbb{R}$ or $\mathbb{C}$. I want to know what happens if we try to define them over some finite field. Here's an example:...
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Ring structure on the Galois group of a finite field

Let $F$ be a finite field. There is an isomorphism of topological groups $(\mathrm{Gal}(\overline{F}/F),\circ) \cong (\widehat{\mathbb{Z}},+)$. It follows that the Galois group carries the structure ...
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Every Function in a Finite Field is a Polynomial Function

From a bank of past master's exams I am going through: Let $F$ be a finite field. Show that any function from $F$ to $F$ is a polynomial function. I know that finite fields are fields of $p$ ...
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How many pairs of nilpotent, commuting matrices are there in $M_n(\mathbb{F}_q)$?

As a follow-up to this question, I've been doing some work counting pairs of commuting, nilpotent, $n\times n$ matrices over $\mathbb{F}_q$. So far, I believe that for $n=2$, there are $q^3+q^2-q$ ...
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Combinatorics in finite vector space

Let $q$ be a prime power and $V$ a finite $\mathbb F_q$-vector space with two subspaces $I$ and $J$. Let $k$, $a$ and $b$ be non-negative integers. Determine the number of subspaces $K$ of $V$ ...
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Addition and multiplication in a Galois Field

I am attempting to generate QR codes on an extremely limited embedded platform. Everything in the specification seems fairly straightforward except for generating the error correction codewords. I ...
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Fields finitely generated as $\mathbb Z$-algebras are finite?

Suppose $k$ is a field that is finitely generated as a ${\mathbb Z}$-algebra. (That is, $k$ is a quotient of ${\mathbb Z}[X_1,\dots,X_n]$ for some $n$). Does it follow that $k$ is finite?
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Why does rational trigonometry not work over a field of Characteristic 2?

I am interested in solving triangles in a finite field with a computer program. Rational trigonometry seems well suited to do this. However, the Wikipedia article, as well as several published ...
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Do finite algebraically closed fields exist?

Let $K$ be an algebraically closed field ($\operatorname{char}K=p$). Denote $${\mathbb F}_{p^n}=\{x\in K\mid x^{p^n}-x=0\}.$$ It's easy to prove that ${\mathbb F}_{p^n}$ consists of exactly $p^n$ ...
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Whats the probability a subset of an $\mathbb F_2$ vector space is a spanning set?

Let $V$ be an $n$-dimensional $\mathbb F_2$ vector space. Note that $V$ has $2^n$ elements and $\mathcal P(V)$ has $2^{2^n}$. I'm interested in the probability (under a uniform distribution) that an ...
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What is known about the numbers $M_p = \left\vert C(\mathbb{F}_p )\right\vert$?

There is a question (2.4.c) marked ** (to denote "extremely difficult/currently open problem") in Silverman and Tate's Rational Points on Elliptic Curves which I found really interesting and wondered ...
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