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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Maximal ideal space of $C^*$-algebra of Riemann integrable functions

Let $R([0,1])$ be the unital commutative $C^*$-algebra of complex valued Riemann integrable functions on $[0,1]$ with pointwise operations and the supremum norm. In the 1980 paper The Gelfand space ...
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The difference between the ring version and module version of Chinese Remainder Thereom.

Chinese Remainder Theorem for Commutative Rings If $R$ is a commutative ring with $1$ and $I, J$ are ideals of $R$ that are pairwise coprime or comaximal (meaning $I + J = R$), then $IJ = I \cap J$, ...
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Showing an ideal is prime in polynomial ring

Let $k=\mathbb{C}$ and let $J$ the ideal $(xw-yz,y^{3}-x^{2}z,z^{3}-yw^{2},y^{2}w-xz^{2})$. I want to see why $J$ is a prime ideal in $k[x,y,z,w]$. I know that $Z(J)$ (the zero set of $J$) is ...
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What does the ideal norm of matrix elements really mean?

Say we have a number field $K$ (specifically, an imaginary quadratic field) and a $2\times2$ matrix $\sigma=\pmatrix{a&c\\b&d}$ with elements $a,b,c,d\in\mathcal O_k$, the ring of integers of ...
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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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Counterexamples to the avoidance lemma for arbitrary ideals

Let $A$ be a commutative ring with $1$. Let $I$ and $J_k$, $k=1,\dots,n$ be ideals of $A$ with $I\subseteq \cup _{k=1}^n J_k$. Then I have obtained the following: (1) If $J_k$, $k=1,\dots,n$, are ...
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Non-cyclic unit groups

Is there any way to motivate why certain factor rings of $\mathbb{Z}, \mathbb{Z}[i]$, etc., to a prime power have non-cyclic unit groups? For example, the only such non-cyclic unit groups of factor ...
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Stuggling to understand ideal powers

In my current algebraic number theory course we have defined the multiplication of 2 ideals as the smallest ideal containing all products of elements of both, [i.e: let I and J be ideals of a ring ...
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On maximal ideal spaces of a banach algebra

I am reading this article on maximal ideal spaces and there is this part that I don't quite understand very well, hope you guys can help me out. "Let $M(A)$ denote the maximal ideal space of a ...
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Irreducible homogeneous ideals

I have the following question: Let $I$ be a homogeneous ideal. Is it true that $I$ is irreducible if and only if it can't be written as the intersection of two homogeneous ideals? So, is it ...
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Ideals in Gaussian integers

Let $R:=\mathbb{Z}[i]$. Prove that every nonzero prime ideal $\mathfrak{P}$ of $R$ belongs to one of the following families: 1) $\mathfrak{P}=(1+i)R$ 2) $\mathfrak{P}=(a+bi)R$ where ...
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Primary decomposition of ideals

How to find a primary decomposition of the ideal $I = (X^2, XY, XZ, YZ)$ in the ring $k[X,Y,Z]$? Is there a general rule for finding primary decompositions? Also how to show that $(X,Y)^{308}$ is a ...
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Order of prime ideals over split primes in the class group.

Let $P$ be a prime ideal of $\mathcal O_K$ ($K$ a quadratic field) and let $P$ have norm $p$ where $p$ is a split prime. Is it possible for the ideal class $[P]$ to have order less than three? I feel ...
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Show that the ideal generated by $4$ in $\mathbb Z_{12}$ is not a prime ideal.

Show that the ideal generated by $4$ in $\mathbb Z_{12}$ is not a prime ideal. Hint: Give a counter-example This is my rough proof to this question. I was wondering if anybody can look over it ...
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For which countable successor ordinals $\alpha$ is the reverse order isomorphic to the ideals of a PID ordered by inclusion?

Let $\alpha$ be a countable successor ordinal and $\alpha^{\mathrm{op}}$ the reverse order. For which $\alpha$ is there a commutative principal ideal ring $R$ such that the ideals of $R$ form a chain ...
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Counterexamples for lcm-gcd identity and modular law for rings

In Miles Reid's Undergraduate Commutative Algebra, Exercise 1.3, we need to find counterexamples of lcm-gcd identity and modular law in the ring $A=k[X,Y]/(XY)$: $(I+J)(I\cap J)=IJ$; ...
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Graded Betti Numbers of a Graded Ideal with Linear Quotients

Exercise 8.8(a) in Monomial Ideals by Herzog and Hibi: Let $I\subset S=K[x_{1},...,x_{n}]$ be a graded ideal which has linear quotients with respect to a homogeneous system of generators ...
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Isomorphism of K-algebras

Let $k[x]$ be a polynomial ring and $I$ an ideal (resp. graded). If $k\subset K$ is a field extension, then prove that there is a natural (resp. graded) isomorphism of $K$-algebras: $$K[x]/IK[x]\cong ...
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About quotient ring

I want to find the value $|\mathbb{Z}({\sqrt{2})/(3+\sqrt{2})}|,|\mathbb{Z}({\sqrt{13})/(5+\sqrt{13})}|$ and also the number of ideals of $\mathbb{Z}({\sqrt{13})/(5+\sqrt{13})}$. But still not ...
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Proof about affine varieties

Ok so I have that $k$ is algebraically closed and $F$ is an element of $k^n$, and it is a reduced polynomial. We have that $V = V(F)$. In the book it says prove that $F$ generates $I(V)$ but in my ...
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Is there a classification of ideals of $\mathcal O_K$ ($K$ quadratic) over ramified and split primes depending on $d \pmod 4$?

I am unsure if the following argument is correct. I have not seen something like this in my course, so I'm a bit skeptical, since this seems like a very simple way of computing norms of ideals. If ...
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Relation of ideals in probability with other kinds of ideals?

It seems that there are at least 5 kinds of ideals in maths: Ideals in number theory (Kummer, Dedekind) Ideals in abstract algebra (Dedekind, Noether), as kernels of homomorphisms Ideals in order ...
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Relation between ideal numbers and ideals of a ring?

I would like to know whether the ideal numbers of Kummer (or the ideals of Dedekind for that matter) are closely related to the concept of ideal (right ideal, left ideal, two-sided ideal and so ...
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Residue fields of the closed points in $Spec(\mathbb{R}[X,Y])$

What are the residue fields of the closed points in $Spec(\mathbb{R}[X,Y])$? After finding the maximal ideals of $\mathbb{R}[X,Y]$, which are of the form: $\langle X-a,Y-b \rangle$ with $a,b ...
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Can a local ring have more than one prime ideal?

A local ring is defined as a ring which has a unique maximal ideal. This unique maximal ideal consists of only non-units and contains all the non-units of the ring $R$. So examples of local rings ...
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How to prove that an ideal can not be generated by 2 elements

In Kunz's "Introduction to commutative algebra and algebraic geometry", page 137-139, particular monomial affine curves are described. Here is the link. In case the curve is not an ideal ...
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On units in subrings ( or ideal ) and quotient ring of ring with unity

Let $R$ be a finite ring with unity and $S$ be an ideal ( or subring ) , let $R^*$ be the group of units of $R$ and $S^*:=R^* \cap S$ , then does $|S^*|$ divide $R^*$ ? Moreover , if $S$ is an ideal ...
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What are the ideals of $End(R)$?

Let $R$ be a ring (with unity if necessary) , then $End(R)$ i.e. the set of endomorphism of the ring $R$ (the set of all ring homomorphisms from $R$ to $R$ ) forms a ring under point-wise function ...
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Example of a maximal idea

Let $A$ be the set of bounded continuous functions from the set of real numbers to itself. Then $A$ is a ring under pointwise addition and multiplication. The set $I$ of all functions $f \in A$ ...
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Inclusion of subring in Ideal

Let $K$ be a commutative ring with mutpilicative identity and $m \ge 3$. Let $L(m,K)$ be a subring of Lie ring of matrices with coefficients from $K$ and traces = $0$: $ \{ (a_{ij}) \in M_m (K) | ...
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Symmetry of two-sided ideals

I was thinking about two-sided ideals and have some intuition-guided, soft questions regarding them. Since I don't have anyone to talk to about such subject matter, I thought I'd ask. Let a be an ...
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Generalisation of chinese remainder theorem on ideals of ring without 1

Let $I_1,\dots,I_n$ be (two-sided) ideals of a ring $R$ (not necessarily with 1), which are pairwise co-maximal, i.e. $\forall i\ne j\in \mathbb{Z}_{[1,n]}$, $I_i+I_j=R$. Let $f:R\to R/I_1\times ...
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Generators of an ideal in rings of power series

Please help me for solving a homework. Let $k$ be a field and $R=k[[x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n]]$ the ring of power series over $k$. If $I$ is an ideal of $R$ such that ...
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Multiplicity and regular sequences

We define multiplicity of a module $M$ of dimension $d>0$ as $$e(M) := \operatorname{lc} (P_M) (d-1)!,$$ where $P_M$ denotes the Hilbert polynomial of $M$ and $\operatorname{lc}(P_M)$ its leading ...
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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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When are all (prime) ideals of an $R$-algebra, extensions of (prime) ideals of $R$?

Let $f:R\rightarrow R'$ be a homomorphism of commutative noetherian rings. When are all (prime) ideals of $R'$ extensions of (prime) ideals of $R$? Is it true for the case $R'$ is $R$-flat?
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Dedekind's criterion clarification

Dedekind's criterion gives a way of factoring $p\mathcal{O}_K$ into prime ideals. (See http://math.stanford.edu/~conrad/154Page/handouts/dedekindcrit.pdf) Is it true that the prime ideals ...
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Lattice with $3$ operations.

If $R$ is a commutative ring and $\mathcal I(R)$ denotes its set of ideals then I know that $\mathcal I(R)$ can be looked at as a complete lattice with intersection $I\cap J$ and addition $I+J$ as ...
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Problem about Gröbner basis.

I'd really appreciate if someone could help me. The problem is the following: If $\psi_1,...,\psi_m \in k[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ and consider the $k$-algebra homomorphism: ...
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Question about Principal Ideals

I'm just learning basic ring theory and had a question about the definition of a principal ideal. For a commutative ring $R$ with unity, Fraleigh defines the principal ideal generated by $a\in R$ as ...
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Ideal of a Vanishing set $I(V(F[X,Y]))$ and how to repeat the computation.

The video I am getting this from is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spHxUPvrkXw, it is around 5 minutes in. The first part of the question is: for $F[X,Y] = Y^2 - X^3 = 0$ find ...
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Example of irreducible ideal which is not strongly irreducible

I have read a paper with title Ideal Theory in Commutative Semirings by Reza Ebrahimi Atani and Shahabaddin Ebrahimi Atani. In this paper we have the following definitions: An ideal I is irreducible ...
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Normal ring and unmixed ideals

Let $R$ be a commutative Gorenstein local ring , $I$ an ideal of $R$ . If $R/I$ is normal ring , then for any $p \in \operatorname{Ass_{R}}(R/I)$, $\operatorname{ht}(p)= \operatorname{ht}(I)$?
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Associated primes and their heights

Let $(S,m)$ be a commutative Gorenstein local ring, $I$ an ideal of $S$ such that $\operatorname{ht} I=t$, and $R=S/I$. Let $a \in m$ be an $R$-regular element such that for any prime ideal ...
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Find the projective closure of the ideal $I=\langle y-x^2,z-x^3\rangle$

When I looked at this example, my first instinct was to homogenize only the generators of $I=\langle f_1 := y-x^2,f_2:=z-x^3\rangle$ in a new variable $w$. But then, I realized that I would miss some ...
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Intersection and Sum of Polynomial Ideals from different rings

It is well known that intersection and sum of polynomial ideals from the same ring are lattice operations. I wonder if this is still true for ideals from different rings (over the same field). ...
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Graded Betti Numbers of a Stable Monomial Ideal

Exercise 8.8 in Monomial Ideals by Herzog and Hibi: Let $I\subset S=K[x_{1},...,x_{n}]$ be a stable monomial ideal with $G(I)=\{u_{1},...,u_{m}\}$ and such that for $i<j$, either ...
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Check whether an ideal is maximal or prime

Problem. Check whether the following ideals are maximal or prime in $\mathbb{Z}[X_1,X_2]$ and $\mathbb{Q}[X_1,X_2]$: i) $(X_1,X_2)$ ii) $(X_1+X_2)$ iii) $(X_1,X_2,2)$ iv) ...
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Example showing that the product of ideals must be the span of the commutators

I'm trying to find an example showing why, in a Lie algebra, we can't just define the product of two ideals $I$ and $J$ to be the elements of the form $[x,y]$ where $x \in I, \; y \in J$. I imagine ...