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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“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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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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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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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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what is a faithfully exact functor?

Could any of you give me a definition of faithfully exact functor, please?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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: ...
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Computation of $\operatorname{Tor}_1$ and $\operatorname{Ext}^1$

Can you please give some examples of computation of the derived functors $\operatorname{Tor}_1$ and $\operatorname{Ext}^1$ for some simple cases, say $R=\mathbb{Z}$ or $R=\mathbb{Z}[G]$ for some ...
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When is the pushout of a monic also monic?

Let $$\matrix{ A& \mathop{\longrightarrow}\limits^f &B\\ \Big\downarrow & & \Big\downarrow\\ C&\mathop{\longrightarrow}\limits_g &D }$$ Be a pushout diagram in a category ...
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Generators of a certain ideal

Crossposted on MathOverflow. The MathOverflow version of the question has been rewritten. For the sake of completeness, I pasted it here in a condensed form. I also deleted the old version. Let $K$ ...
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Condition for a ring on projective and free modules problem

Let $R$ be a ring. Then we know that a free module over $R$ is projective. Moreover, if $R$ is a principal ideal domain then a module over $R$ is free if and only if it is projective or if $R$ is ...
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Does maximal Cohen-Macaulay modules localize?

Let $A$ be a Noetherian local ring and $M$ a finitely generated $A$-module such that $$\operatorname{depth}M= \dim M=\dim A.$$ I can prove that $$\operatorname{depth}M_{\mathfrak{p}}= \dim ...
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Minimal free resolution

I'm studying on the book "Cohen-Macaulay rings" of Bruns-Herzog (Here's a link and an image of the page in question for those unable to use Google Books.) At page 17 it talks about minimal free ...
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Derived category and so on

I am looking for an introductive reference to the theory of derived categories. Especially I need to start from the very beginning and I need to know how to use this in examples which comes from ...
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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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How *should* we have known to invent homological algebra?

Previously I asked How did we know to invent homological algebra?, because I was under the misapprehension that concrete examples of long exact sequences had been a major motivation for developing ...
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Does the splitting lemma hold without the axiom of choice?

In part of the proof of the splitting lemma (a left-split short exact sequence of abelian groups is right-split) it seems necessary to invoke the axiom of choice. That is, if $0\to A\overset{f}{\to} ...
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What is the kernel of the summation map from the direct sum to the sum?

Let $R$ be a ring, and let $I_1,\ldots,I_n$ be ideals in $R$ (or submodules of some $R$-module). Consider the sequence $$ \bigoplus_{1\leq j < k\leq n} I_j\cap ...
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The construction of the localization of a category

I was reading the construction of the localization of a category in the book "Methods of homological algebra" of Manin and Gelfand. Let me remind you the definition of the localization of a category: ...
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Computing an example of Ext

Let $k$ be a field. I want to compute $\operatorname{Ext}_{k[x] / \langle x^2 \rangle}(k,k)$. However I have no idea how to do this? I cannot even think how to construct a projective resolution ...
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Submodules of a free module over a commutative ring

Let $R$ be a commutative unital ring, $I$ a set, and $R^{(I)}$ the free module on $I$. Can there be a submodule $R^{(J)}\cong M\leq R^{(I)}$ with $|J|\!>\!|I|$? Can $R^{(I)}$ be generated (as a ...
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$\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$ coefficients in homology

I don't see the point in using homology and cohomology with coefficients in the field $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$. Can you provide some examples for why this is useful?
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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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The Zig Zag Lemma in Cohomology

I´m reading the Zig Zag lemma in Cohomology and i want to prove the exactness of cohomology sequence at $ H^k(A)$ and $H^k(B)$ : A short exact sequence of cochain complexes $ 0 \to A \ ...
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Hom and direct sums

Let $R$ be a ring (not necessarily commutative). Let $A$ be a left $R$-module. When does the functor $\text{Hom}(A,-)$ preserve direct sums - in the category of left $R$-modules? For example, this ...
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Additive functor over a short split exact sequence.

$0\to A'\stackrel{f}{\longrightarrow} A \stackrel{g}{\longrightarrow} A''\to 0$ is a short split exact sequence, where $A'$, $A$, $A''$ are $R$-modules, and $T$ is an additive functor from ...
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If a direct sum has a projective cover, must the summands have projective covers?

In “Cover of a direct summand” it is asked to show that if a direct sum has a projective cover, and if one of the summands has a projective cover, then so does the other. I gave a solution that works ...
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How does Local Cohomology detect UFD?

I read that Grothendieck developed Local Cohomology to answer a question of Pierre Samuel about when certain type of rings are UFDs. I know the basics of local cohomology but I have not seen a ...
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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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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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Contravariant Grothendieck Spectral Sequence

I'm currently getting confused about indices in some spectral sequences. Assume we work in the category of modules for simplicity. Let $A^\cdot$ be a (bounded on the right) complex and let $B^\cdot$ ...