Homological algebra studies homology in a general algebraic setting. The purpose is extraction of information about structures involved in terms of tangible objects like rings groups and modules.

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Hom of finitely generated modules over a noetherian ring

This is an exercise from Rotman, An Introduction to Homological Algebra, which I've been thinking now and then for a few days and I haven't solved it yet. I've decided to ask here because it is ...
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Why isn't $\mathbb{C}[x,y,z]/(xz-y)$ a flat $\mathbb{C}[x,y]$-module

Why isn't $M = \mathbb{C}[x,y,z]/(xz-y)$ a flat $R = \mathbb{C}[x,y]$-module? The reason given on the book is "the surface defined by $y-xz$ doesn't lie flat on the $(x,y)$-plane". But I don't ...
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Hom is a left-exact functor

If $0 \to A \to B\to C$ is a left exact sequence of $R$-module, then for any $R$-module $M$, $0 \to Hom_R(M,A)\to Hom_R(M,B)\to Hom_R(M,C)$ is left exact. I proved the above, and highlighted what ...
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“The Yoneda embedding reflects exactness” is a direct consequence of Yoneda?

Let $A,B,C$ be objects of a category of modules over a ring. It is not hard to see that the Yoneda embedding "reflects exactness" (as Weibel puts it, on p. 28), i.e. if ...
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On equivalent definitions of Ext

Let $A$ be an abelian category and $X$, $Y$ two objects of $A$. Let's define Ext in this way: Ext$^i_A(X,Y)$=Hom$_{D(A)}(X[0],Y[i])$ Where $X[0]$ is the complex with all zeros except in degree 0 ...
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Equivalent definition of exactness of functor?

I'll use the following definition: (Def) A functor $F$ is exact if and only if it maps short exact sequences to short exact sequences. Now I'd like to prove the following (not entirely sure it's ...
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Relative homology of a retract

Show that if $A$ is a retract of $X$ then for all $n \ge 0$ $$H_n(X) \simeq H_n(A) \oplus H_n(X,A)$$ So we have a retraction $r:X \to A$, which is surjective. Consider the long exact sequence ...
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Tangent space in a point and First Ext group

Let $X$ be an abelian variety over an algebraically closed field $k$. I have read that one has for an arbitrary closed point $x$ on $X$ a canonical identification $$T_x(X)\simeq ...
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Is $R/N(R)$ a faithfully flat $R$-module?

I'm studying recently faithfully flat modules and I'd like to know the following: Is $R/N$ faithfully flat as $R$-module, where $R$ is a commutative ring with unit and $N$ is the subset of ...
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Equivalences and isomorphisms of short exact sequences

In case it's necessary, I'm working in the category $\mathbf{Ab}$ of abelian groups. My question concerns what I find to be a strange way of viewing the elements of the Ext group $\mbox{Ext}(A,B)$ of ...
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Existence proof of the tensor product using the Adjoint functor theorem.

Can one prove the existence of the tensor product by the adjoint functor theorem? (of, say, modules over a commutative ring) If yes, how would one check the SSC (solution set condition) for the hom ...
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Characterization of short exact sequences

The following is the first part of Proposition 2.9 in "Introduction to Commutative Algebra" by Atiyah & Macdonald. Let $A$ be a commutative ring with $1$. Let $$M' ...
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what is a faithfully exact functor?

Could any of you give me a definition of faithfully exact functor, please?
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What exactly is a trivial module?

Yes, this is a quite basic answer, but I have to admit to be absolutely confused about this notion. Searching on the web, I managed to found two possible definition of trivial modules, referring ...
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Show that the categories $G$-mod and $\mathbb{Z}G$-mod are equivalent.

I have another basic question inspired from reading the sixth chapter of Weibel's "An Introduction to Homological Algebra". First version of the question: a bit ambiguous At the first paragraph, ...
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Intuition behind Snake Lemma

I've been struggling with this for some time. I can prove the Snake Lemma, but I don't really “understand” it. By that I mean if no one told me Snake Lemma existed, I would not even ...
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When is the derived category abelian?

I read in the book Methods of homological algebra of Gelfand and Manin that the derived category of an abelian category $A$ is never abelian. Now to me this seems to be wrong, because if $A=0$ then ...
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How to define Homology Functor in an arbitrary Abelian Category?

In the Category of Modules over a Ring, the i-th Homology of a Chain Complex is defined as the Quotient Ker d / Im d where d as usual denotes the differentials, indexes skipped for simplicity. How ...
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Proving that the tensor product is right exact

Let $A\stackrel{\alpha}{\rightarrow}B\stackrel{\beta}{\rightarrow}C\rightarrow 0$ a exact sequence of left $R$-modules and $M$ a left $R$-module ($R$ any ring). I am trying to prove that ...
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Good introductory books on homological algebra

Which books would you recommend, for self-studying homological algebra, to a beginning graduate (or advanced undergraduate) student who has background in ring theory, modules, basic commutative ...
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Surprising applications of cohomology

The concept of cohomology is one of the most subtle and powerful in modern mathematics. While its application to topology and integrability is immediate (it was probably how cohomology was born in the ...
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Short Exact Sequences & Rank Nullity

This is a well known lemma that consistently appears in textbooks, either as a statement without proof, or as an exercise (see for example pp. 146 of Hatcher) If $0 \stackrel{id}{\to} A ...
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Description of $\mathrm{Ext}^1(R/I,R/J)$

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with unit and $I$ and $J$ are nonzero ideals of $R$. Do we have a nice description for $\mathrm{Ext}^1_R(R/I,R/J)$? What do I mean by a nice description? For example ...
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Homology of mapping telescope

It is stated here http://math.uchicago.edu/~may/CONCISE/ConciseRevised.pdf that if $X$ is an increasing union of the type $X=\bigcup_{i \in I}X_i$ (where $X_i \subset X_{i+1}$), then we have an ...
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Proving that P/PJ is a projective right module over R/J

If P is a projective right module over a ring R and J is a two sided ideal of R. Prove that P/PJ is a projective right module over R/J . My idea was trying to proof that " $M$ is an $R$-module ...
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Are localized rings always flat as R-modules?

We know this is true for commutative ring, but if $S\subset R$ is a left and right Ore set, and $S^{-1}R$ its localization by this Ore set, is this always a flat $R$-module?
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Does finite projective dimension localize?

Let $R$ be a commutative (but not necessarily Noetherian) ring with unity. Let $M$ be an $R$-module. Suppose that, for all $\mathfrak p \in\text {Spec}(R),$ $\text{pd}_{R_{\mathfrak p}}M_{\mathfrak ...
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Cylinder object in the model category of chain complexes

Let $\text{Ch}⁺(R)$ be the category of non-negative chain complexes of $R$-modules where $R$ is a commutative ring. What is a cylinder object, in the sense of model categories, for a given complex ...
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Singular $\simeq$ Cellular homology?

Given an arbitrary CW-complex, are the singular chain complex $S_\ast(X)$ and cellular chain complex $C_\ast(X)$ homotopy equivalent or just quasi-isomorphic (some chain map induces isomorphisms on ...
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Global dimension of quasi Frobenius ring

Let $R$ be a quasi-Frobenius ring (so $R$ is self-injective and left and right noetherian). I want to prove that $lD(R)=0$ or $\infty$, where $lD(R)$ denotes the left global dimension. I'm ...
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On a commutative diagram

Let a commutative diagram be given: $$\require{AMScd} \begin{CD} 0 @>>> A @>f>> B @>g>> C @>>> 0 \\ @. @V{\alpha}VV @V{\beta}VV @V{\gamma}VV @. \\ 0 @>>> ...
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$i^{-1} F$ a sheaf if and only if $\varinjlim_{ U \subseteq X \text{ open}, ~ x,y \in U } F(U) \to F_x \times F_y$ is an isomorphism.

Let $X$ be a topological space containing two closed points $x,y$ and let $i : \{x,y\} \to X$ denote the inclusion map. Notice that $\{x,y\}$ carries the discrete topology. Let $F$ be a sheaf on $X$. ...
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The inverse image of a sheaf

By definition, the inverse image of the sheaf $ \mathcal{F} : \mathrm{Ouv} (Y) \to \mathrm {Set} $ is the sheaf associated to the presheaf $ f^{-1} \mathcal{F} : \mathrm{Ouv} (X) \to \mathrm{Set} $ ...
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Bruns-Herzog problem 3.1.25

This is problem 3.1.25 (page 97) in Cohen-Macaulay Rings by Bruns and Herzog. The direction I am interested in is the following. Let $R$ be a Gorenstein local ring and $M$ a finite $R$-module. If ...
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Different definitions of projective objects

There are various characterizations for an $R$-module to be projective. Two of them can be generalized to any category: i) $P$ is an object such that given morphisms $\alpha: A \rightarrow B$ and ...
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The homotopy category of complexes

I have some trouble in proving Exercise A3.51 of Eisenbud's book "Commutative Algebra with a view toward Algebraic Geometry", pag. 688. The solution is sketched at pag. 754 at the end of the book. The ...
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Hochschild cohomology of a formal quantization of an associative algebra

Let $A$ be a commutative associative $k$-algebra and let $A[[\hbar]]$ be the formal deformation of $A$. I would like to know if there is a relation between the Hochschild co-homologies ...
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About presentation of module

Let $R$ be a ring and $R[\mathbb{Z}]$ be the group ring obtained from ring $R$ and group $\mathbb{Z}=<s>$. Suppose that $M$ be a $R[\mathbb{Z}]$-module and it is isomorphic to $R^n$ as ...
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Showing an ideal is a projective module via a split exact sequence

Let $R=\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-6}]$ and $I=(2,\sqrt{-6})$ the ideal generated by $2$ and $\sqrt{-6}$. I want to show that $I$ is a projective $R$-module by producing a short exact sequence that splits, ...
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What is the injective envelope of $\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$?

In the category of $\mathbb{Z}$-modules, what is the injective envelope of $\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$? I was hoping to find a divisible group containing $\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ such that it is ...
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Every chain complex is quasi-isomorphic to a $\mathcal J$-complex

I found this in "Algebra & Topology" by Schapira, but I'm not able to prove it: Suppose $\mathcal J$ is a cogenerating family in an abelian category $\mathbf A$. Then for any positive complex ...
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A clarification about the meaning of “Let $\mathbb{Z}$ be *the* trivial $G$-module”.

I have a question regarding a definition/lemma in the book from Charles A. Weibel, "An introduction to Homological Algebra". At page 161, there is a claim starting as follows: Let $A$ be any ...
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What are exact sequences, metaphysically speaking?

Why is it natural or useful to organize objects (of some appropriate category) into exact sequences? Exact sequences are ubiquitous - and I've encountered them enough to know that they can provide a ...
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How did we know to invent homological algebra?

Update: Qiaochu Yuan points out in the comments that the title of the question is misleading, as homological algebra did not begin with long exact sequences as I'd thought. (Original question ...
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Reference for spectral sequences

What are good expositions of spectral sequences, which include a thorough introduction to the topic as well as the most important examples of applications - maybe with an emphasis an topological ...
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Proving the snake lemma without a diagram chase

Suppose we have two short exact sequences in an abelian category $$0 \to A \mathrel{\overset{f}{\to}} B \mathrel{\overset{g}{\to}} C \to 0 $$ $$0 \to A' \mathrel{\overset{f'}{\to}} B' ...
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What are $E_\infty$-rings?

I've been working with DG-algebras for the last year, and was able to obtain using them some nice commutative homological algebra results. However, I keep hearing about a (more general???) concept of ...
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Applying Freyd-Mitchell's embedding theorem on large categories

One commonly reads that the Freyd-Mitchell's embedding theorem allows proof by diagram chasing in any abelian category. This is not immediately clear, since only small abelian categories can be ...
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Signs in the tensor product and internal hom of chain complexes

Let $R$ be a commutative ring and $\text{Ch}(R)$ the category of chain complexes of $R$-modules. $\text{Ch}(R)$ is first of all an abelian category, but it can also be equipped with the structure of a ...
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Can we think of a chain homotopy as a homotopy?

I'm taking a course in algebraic topology, which includes an introduction to (simplicial) homology, and I'm looking for a bit of intuition regarding chain homotopies. The definitions I'm using are: ...