# Tagged Questions

Galois theory allows one to reduce certain problems in field theory, especially those related to field extensions, to problems in group theory. For questions about field theory and not Galois theory, use the (field-theory) tag instead. For questions about abstractions of Galois theory, use ...

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### History of the three “impossible” compass-and-straightedge problems

I'm preparing a presentation about constructible numbers and I wanted to know some of the history about it to motivate the topic. I wanted to know if the classical Greek problems (doubling the cube, ...
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### Algebraic Extensions

I have the following question: there is this statement i can't understand: Let $A$ be an integral domain which is integrally closed ( in its field of franctions ) and let $K$ be its fraction field. ...
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### Galois group of order 2^4

Find the galois group the polynomial $f(X)=(X^2-2)(X^2-3)(X^2-5)(X^2-7)$ over $\mathbb{Q}$. A splitting field for $f(X)$ is $K=\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2},\sqrt{3},\sqrt{5},\sqrt{7})$. We must have ...
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### Error on parity bits of Reed-Solomon error correction code

I'm trying to figure this out but it seems never to be covered in articles explaining Reed-Solomon codes. If I have a string with 64 characters (bytes) and 4 parity bytes for error checking and ...
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### Terminology for Galois groups of non-Galois extensions.

I am having a confusion with terminology. If $L/K$ is not Galois, what is the meaning of "the Galois group of $L$ over $K$"? I have two guesses: 1) It is the field automorphisms of $L$ that fix ...
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### Separable extension [closed]

Let $\alpha$ algebraic over $k$ of characteristic $p>0$ Prove that $\alpha$ is separable over $k$ if and only if $k(\alpha)=k(\alpha^p)$. Any suggestion, please.
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### Galois group of $X^{5}-2X+7$ over $\mathbb{Q}$

Is there any way to determine the Galois group of $X^{5}-2X+7$ over $\mathbb{Q}$ not using the discriminant? Thanks!
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### For a finite etale map $X\rightarrow T$ of degree $d$, and a $U$-point $t\in T(U)$, are there at most $d$ points in $X(U)$ lying over $t$?

If $f : X\rightarrow T$ is a finite etale morphism of connected schemes, and $U$ is another connected scheme and we're given a map $t : U\rightarrow T$, then must it be true that there are at most $d$ ...
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### Any other mathematicians like Galois in recent history?

Any other mathematicians like Galois in recent history ? For "someone like Galois", I mean someone who developed a completely new theory all by himself, solved a big problem and the theory has big ...
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### Proving degree $n$ have at last $n$ roots in $F_q[X]$

How to prove that in $F_{q}[X]$ of degree $n$, have $n$ roots?
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### Prove that the Galois group of a polynomial $p(x)=x^q-1$ is the Cyclic group of order $q-1$, where $q$ is prime.

I understand why $q$ must be odd, since complex conjugation must be one of the Galios group's elements. But why must $q$ be prime?
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### Finding a cubic polynomial whose splitting field over $\mathbb{Q}$ equals $\mathbb{Q}(a)$ if $a$ is any of its roots

Question: Let $\alpha$, $\beta$ and $\gamma$ be the roots of a rational cubic polynomial $q$. Can we find a (non-trivial) example where the splitting field of $q$ over $\mathbb{Q}$ equals ...
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### What is $\hat{\mathbb{Z}}$?

I have been reading a bit about unramified extensions. If $K$ is $\mathbb{Q}$ or $\mathbb{Q}_p$ (p-adics), then there is a maximal unramified extension $K^{nr}$ of $K$. Then I have read in some notes ...
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### determine the degree of an extension, check normality

I came across an old exam problem and I wonder if my solution is correct. Let $L=\mathbb{Q}(\omega)$, where $\omega=e^{\frac{2\pi i}{6}}$ is a primitive sixth root of unity: a) determine ...
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### Solvability of Higher Degree Polynomials by Bring Radicals

A Bring radical of $a$ is any root of the polynomial $x^5+x+a$. It is known that we can solve the quintic if we're allowed to use the Bring radical. Now, I was wondering what happens if we ...
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### Galois theory, had it solved any major problems beside its original applications to classical problems?

Galois theory, had it solved any major problems beside its original (classical) applications to roots of a fifth (or higher) degree polynomial equation (solvable algebraic equations and constructible ...
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### Groups, inverse Galois problem and transcendence degrees

This is a curiosity of mine. I suspect there might be a trivial answer, but if there is none, this problem will probably haunt me for a long time... The question is as follows : Given a group $G$, ...
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### Field extension $\mathbb Q(f)/\mathbb Q$ and its Galois group

Let $E/\mathbb{Q}$ and $F/E$ be finite extensions of fields, let $u$ be an element of $Aut(F/E)$, and let $f$ be an element of $F$. Suppose that (i) $[F:E]=3$, (ii) $F=\mathbb{Q}(f)$ and ...
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### The Galois group of a polynomial

I was just looking for some clarification regarding the definition of the Galois group of a polynomial $f(x)$. So, if I remember correctly, this is defined as the Galois group of a splitting field of ...
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### Why do nth roots (radicals) have closed forms whilst other polynomial roots do not?

The nth root function - $\sqrt[n]{a_{0}}$ - may be seen as an arithmetic operation (the inverse of the $pow(x, n)$ function) but it can also be interpreted as computing the roots of a specific class ...
### Non-isomorphic field extensions of $\mathbb{Q}$
I'm having a little bit of a problem with the following question: Show that there do not exist two irreducible polynomials $a(x)$ and $b(x)$ in $\mathbb{Q}[x]$ of degrees 6 and 7 respectively ...
I'm having trouble showing that $\text{Gal}(\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_n)/\mathbb{Q})$ is Abelian. First I want to be able to show that $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_n)/\mathbb{Q}$ is Galois, but I'm also not sure how to ...