An ideal is a subset of ring such that it is possible to make a quotient ring with respect to this subset. This is the most frequent use of the name ideal, but it is used in other areas of mathematics too: ideals in set theory and order theory (which are closely related), ideals in semigroups, ...

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Intersection of two polynomial ideals

In the 4-dimensional affine space $\mathbb{A}^4$ with coordinates $x,y,z,t$, consider $X$ as the union of the planes $$ X'=\{x=y=0\} $$ and $$ X''=\{z=x-t=0\} $$ (I'm working on a algebraically ...
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Show that every maximal ideal in $ \mathbb{Z}[x, y] $ contains a prime number [on hold]

Let $\mathfrak{M} \subseteq \mathbb{Z}[x, y]$ be a maximal ideal. Show that $ \exists\ p \in \mathbb{Z}$, $p$ prime such $p \in \mathfrak{M}.$ Thanks for the answers. I'd be interested in a proof ...
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Let $I=(2,X)$ and $J=(3,X)$ be ideals of $\mathbb{Z}[X]$. Prove $V=\{i \cdot j : i \in I, j \in J\}$ is not an ideal. [on hold]

Let $I=(2,X)$ and $J=(3,X)$ be ideals of $\mathbb{Z}[X]$. Prove $V=\{i \cdot j : i \in I, j \in J\}$ is not an ideal. Possible strategy: find $v_1,v_2 \in V$ such that $v_1+v_2 \notin V$.
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An error in the book “noncommutative ring” writed by Herstein

I'm reading the book "noncommutative ring" writed by Herstein. In the page 15, the author says that Let $F$ be a field and $A$ is an algebra over $F$. Let $\rho$ be a maximal regular right ideal ...
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Find all the ideals of $\mathbb Q[X]$

I am trying to find all the ideals of the ring $\mathbb Q[X]$. If $I$ is a non trivial ideal of $\mathbb Q[X]$, then there exists $p(x) \in \mathbb Q[X]$. Since $I$ is an ideal and a group under ...
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Are ideals necessarily definable?

Consider the first-order language of rings. Let $R$ be a ring and $I \subseteq R$ be an ideal. Is $I$ necessarily $\emptyset$-definable? If not, what if we allow parameters from $R$?
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Left ideals of $M_n(K)$ [duplicate]

Let $K$ be a field and $n \in \mathbb N$. Show the following (i) Let $V \subset K^n$ be a subspace and $I_V$ the subset of $M_n(K)$ consisting of all the matrices whose rows belong to $V$. Prove that ...
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Equality of ideals and their vareties.

Let $I_1 $,$I_2 $ $\in \mathbb{C}[x_1,x_2,...,x_n] $ be two polynomial ideals. If their affine varieties, $\mathbb{V}(I_1)=\mathbb{V}(I_2)$ are equal then is $I_1=I_2$ always?
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Problem on the number of generators

I have got stuck with two generator problems: The ideal $(zx,xy,yz)$ can't be generated by $2$ elements The ideal $(xz-y^2,yz-x^3,z^2-xy)$ can't be generated by $2$ elements Here the ...
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A finitely dimensional algebra over a field has only finitely many prime ideals all of them are maximal

Let $K$ be a field and let $R$ be a $K$-algebra with unity which is finite dimensional as a $K$-vector space. Prove that $R$ has only finitely many prime ideals all of which are maximal. (Hint: ...
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Product of two non-principal ideals

I have problems understanding why $$(6,2+\sqrt{-56})(6,-2+\sqrt{-56})=6(2,\sqrt{-56})$$ in $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-14}]$. By definition the product of two ideals $$IJ=\sum_{i,j}^{k}f_{i}g_{j}$$ ...
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Analogy of ideals with Normal subgroups in groups.

I've started with Ideals in ring theory but still not comfortable with the analogy it has with normal subgroups in group theory.Like we can visualize normal subgroups as Is there some good intutive ...
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Are there any commutative rings in which no nonzero prime ideal is finitely generated?

Are there any commutative rings in which no nonzero prime ideal is finitely generated? I feel like the example (or proof of impossibility) ought to be obvious, but I'm not seeing it.
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Size of a subset of the set of units of a quotient ring

Let $R$ be a commutative Dedekind domain with multiplicative identity $1$, let $k$ be a positive integer, and let $I$ be a nonzero proper prime ideal of $R$. Is there a way to find the size of the set ...
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Find a generator for an ideal in $\mathbb{Q}[T]$

Let $I$ be the ideal in $\mathbb{Q}[T]$ generated by $L=\{T^{2}-1, T^3-T^2+T-1,T^4-T^3+T-1\}$. Find $f\in\mathbb{Q}[T]$ such as $(f)=f\mathbb{Q}[T]=I$. The book solution proves that $I\subseteq ...
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Ideal generated by a regular sequence

I need to prove that the ideal $$ I = (xz -y^2, x^2t^2 -yz^3, x^2yt^2 -xz^4) \subset R = \mathbb{K}[x,y,z,t]$$ is generated by a $R$-regular sequence. How can I do it? I don't know if this can ...
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Does there exist an ideal in $\mathbb{Z}_4[x]$ which is prime but not maximal?

Question: Does there exist an ideal in $\mathbb{Z}_4[x]$ which is prime but not maximal? Thoughts: It seems to me that the ideal $(x)$ fails to be a prime ideal since $0 \in (x)= 2 * 2$ with $2 ...
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Prove that $I$ is a maximal ideal of $\mathcal A$. [duplicate]

Please, give-me a hint to prove this proposition: Let $\mathcal A$ be the ring of all continuous real functions (with the usual operations of sum and multiplication) defined on the interval ...
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Functorial approach to Ideals and Quotients, Multiplicative Sets and Localizations

I have been playing with substructures of commutative rings today and noticed that there is a strong analogy between the formation of quotients and kernels with the formation of localizations with ...
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Ideal quotient and extension

Let $R$ be a commutative ring and $S$ a subring of $R$. If $I$ is an ideal of $S$ define $I^e$ as the ideal in $R$ generated by $I$, i.e. the extension of $I$ in $R$. If $I,J$ are ideals in $S$, we ...
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In $\mathbb{Z}/(n)$, does $(a) = (b)$ imply that $a$ and $b$ are associates?

[Update: Based on the hints provided by @zcn and @whacka, I believe I have found a solution. See my answer below.] Below, $R$ is a commutative ring with $1$. In John J. Watkins' Topics in ...
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Preimages of coprime ideals

Assume $R,S$ are commutative rings, $f:R\to S$ is a surjective ring homomorphism and $I,J$ are coprime ideals in $S$. Must $f^{-1}(I)$ and $f^{-1}(J)$ be coprime in $R$?
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When a given ideal is a radical ideal

I am wondering if there are any canonical methods for checking whether a given ideal is radical. For example, I got stuck on the following example: Let $f=x+2y-z$ and $g=z-2w$ and let $I$ and $J$ be ...
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Characterizing maximal ideals in $\mathbb{Z}[x]$

I need to prove this: Let $I\subset\mathbb{Z}$ be the ideal generated by $\{p,f(x)\}$, with $p$ prime in $\mathbb{Z}$. Then $I$ is maximal iff $f(x)$ is irreducible modulo $p$. So I was trying to ...
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Characterizing Prime and Maximal Ideals in a nice Ring

Consider the "nice" ring $(\mathbb{Z}/20\mathbb{Z})[x]$ and I am trying to list all the prime and maximal ideals of this. The reason I call this a nice (or manageable) ring is because we ...
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Show that the trace class operators on a Hilbert space form an ideal

Let $(H, (\cdot, \cdot))$ be a separable Hilbert space over $\mathbb{L} = \mathbb{R}$ or $\mathbb{C}$. Suppose that $\{\phi_n\}_{n=1}^\infty$ is an orthonormal basis for $H$. Let $\mathcal{B}(H)$ ...
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Nil radical of an ideal on a commutative ring

This is a problem of an exercise list: Let $J$ be an ideal of a commutative ring A. Show that $N(N(J))=N(J)$, where $N(J)=\{a \in A; a^n \in J$ for some $n \in \mathbb{N}\}$. What I did: ...
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Polynomial Ideals and Transverse modules

I have a given ideal and I want to find the "smallest" ideal so that when I add it to the original one, I get another certain ideal. Let $\mathcal{E}$ be the ring of smooth function germs ...
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Writing $I= (xz-y^2, yt- z^2)$ as an intersection of prime ideals

I need to write the ideal $I= (xz-y^2, yt- z^2) \subset R = \mathbb{K}[x,y,z,t]$ as intersection of prime ideals. Any idea? For the moment, I've noticed that $I$ is radical, then it suffices to ...
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Irreducible ideals are prime in polynomial rings

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field and $R$ the polynomial ring in $n$ variables over $k$. If $J$ is an irreducible ideal of $R$ then it is a prime ideal as well. To establish this statement ...
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An easy looking quotient of a local ring

$k$ is a number field, $R$ its ring of integers and $\mathfrak p$ a nonzero prime ideal of $R$. Let $R_\mathfrak p$ be the localization of $R$ at $\mathfrak p$. Is it true that $R_\mathfrak ...
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why is maximal ideal of a ring of integers generated by a single prime number?

I cannot understand why maximal ideal in a ring of integers is generated by a single prime number. For example, if we choose 2 and 3 as generators of ideal, then all multiples of 2 and 3 will be in ...
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For the ring of natural numbers, what happens if we convert all $k>1$th power of prime numbers to be zero?

So there is a ring of natural numbers. Now someone decides to make all $k>1$th power of prime numbers to be zero. So $2^2 = 2^3 = 2^4 = ... = 3^2 = 3^3 = ... = 0$. Or we can say that these elements ...
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What exactly is a maximal ideal?

I am confused about the definition of maximal ideal. Suppose that there is ring $R$. Now if we select the whole $R$ to be an ideal, then wouldn't this be maximal ideal? Or is the definition of maximal ...
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Image of a Prime ideals in quotient ring

I am having confusion regarding the relationship between the prime ideals of a Ring and a certain quotient of a Ring. Let A be a commutative ring with identity, and a an ideal of A. Clearing there is ...
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Is the ideal $(2,x^4+x^2+1)<\mathbb{Z}[x]$ maximal?, principal?

I'm trying to solve the following problem: Let I=$(2,x^4+x^2+1)<\mathbb{Z}[x]$ be an ideal. Is $I$ maximal? Is $I$ principal? Any help would be appreciated.
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Prove that $\mathfrak{p}$ is totally split in $L/K$ and $L'/K$ $\Rightarrow$ totaly split in $LL'/K$

Assume that $K$ be a number field and $L/K$, $L'/K$ are two separable extensions. Now let $\mathfrak{p}$ be a prime ideal of $\mathcal{O}_K$. Then if $\mathfrak{p}$ is totally split ind $L$ and $L'$, ...
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$(x,y)$-primary ideals

I want to find all ideals $I$ in $\mathbf{C}[x,y]$ with $\sqrt{I}=(x,y)$ and $\dim_{\mathbf{C}}\mathbf{C}[x,y]/I=2$. I have no clue how to about it, I mean I can write down some examples, ...
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For which values of $a\in\mathbb ℤ/3\mathbb ℤ$ is the quotient $\mathbb ℤ/3\mathbb ℤ[x]/(x^3+x^2+ax+1)$ a field?

I'm trying to solve the following problem: Determine for which values of $a\in\mathbb{Z}/3\mathbb{Z}$ the quotient $Q_a=(\mathbb{Z}/3\mathbb{Z})[x]/(x^3+x^2+ax+1)$ is a field. I see two options: ...
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Isomorphic quotient of a module over Noetherian commutative ring

I have a nice solution to the following problem and I thought of writing a paper about it but beforehand, I wanted to ask the problem here to see if this is an easy problem and if you people can solve ...
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Finding a maximal ideal and a prime ideal in $\mathbb Z_8[x]$

$1.$ Find a maximal ideal and a prime ideal in $\mathbb Z_8[x]$ Attempt: Finding a maximal ideal, I am not sure how do I go about it. $\mathbb Z_8[x]$ is not a $PID$, so there's no use finding ...
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An extension of an algebraic number field which makes an integral ideal $I$, a principal ideal

I want to show that, given an ideal $I \subseteq \mathcal O_K$ (where $K/\mathbb Q$ is an algebraic number field), there is a finite extension $K'/K$ such that, $I\mathcal O_{K'}$ becomes a principal ...
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Does the relation $\pi(S_{i})=S^{-1}R-P_{i}\cdot S^{-1}R$ hold for prime ideals $P_i$ in a commutative ring $R$?

Let $R$ be a commutative ring. Let $P_{i}$, $1\leq i\leq n$ be prime ideals none of which are contained in each other. Let $S=R-(\cup_{i=1}^{n} P_{i})$. Then $S$ is a multiplicatively closed set and ...
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Example of ring $R$ with ideals $I\neq J$ such that $R/I \cong R/J$ as modules

It's easy to prove that if $I$, $J$ are two-sided ideals and $R/I\cong R/J$ as modules over $R$, then $I=J$. What about left ideals? Is there a simple counterexample? I believe I've found an answer, ...
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Equivalent definitions of fractional ideals

Let $R$ be an integral domain and $K$ its field of fractions. The usual definition of fractional ideal $I$ ($I$ is an $R$-submodule of $K$) is that for some nonzero $r\in R$ we have $rI\subset R$, and ...
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Lie ideals of $gl_n(K)$

I am looking for some reference where I can find a detailed study of the Lie ideals of the general linear Lie algebra $gl_n(K)$ with the bracket $[A,B]=AB-BA$, where $K$ is a field (if there are ...
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If for any two principal ideals one contains another, then for any two ideals one ideal contains another

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with identity. Assume that for any two principal ideals $Ra$ and $Rb$ we have either $Ra\subseteq Rb$ or $Rb\subseteq Ra$. Show that for any two ideals $I$ and $J$ in ...
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ideal,ring,flat module,modules over R

Is there a characterization of modules (AND equivalent characterizations of rings R) over integral domains R with the property that each left ideal in R is flat?When all left ideals are ...
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Finding ideal representatives in the class group of $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_{23})$

I know that $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_{23})$ has class number 3, and I am wondering how I can find ideal representatives of the two nonprincipal classes in the class group. I have tried looking at examples ...
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Expressing a hereditary subalgebra in terms of a state

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a C*-algebra and $\phi$ a state on $\mathcal{A}$. Then, it's not hard to see that $\mathcal{L} = \left\{ x : \phi(x^*x)=0 \right\}$ is a closed left ideal of $A$ and so ...