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Non-reflexive module isomorphic to its double dual

Could you give me an example of a non-reflexive module isomorphic to its double dual? I found an example here but I cannot understand it, do you have any simpler examples? By this question we ...
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An elegant description for graded-module morphisms with non-zero zero component

In an example I have worked out for my work, I have constructed a category whose objects are graded $R$-modules (where $R$ is a graded ring), and with morphisms the usual morphisms quotient the ...
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Why are noetherian and artinian modules important?

As a TA I was recently asked to give the students an introduction to two (quite related) concepts that are new to me, noetherian and artinian modules. I intend to prove the characterisation theorem ...
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Does it follow that any element of $J(A)$ is necessarily nilpotent?

Let $A[x]$ be the algebra of polynomials with coefficients in a $k$-algebra $A$. Assume that, for any simple $A[x]$-module $M$, one has $\text{End}_{A[x]}M = k$. Does it follow that any element of ...
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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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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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Elementary divisors theorem for Dedekind domains (Exercise in Lang's Algebra)

Exercise 13 (b) of Chapter III in Lang's Algebra is as follows. Let $M$ be a finitely generated projective module over the Dedekind ring $\mathfrak{o}$. Then there exists free modules $F$ and ...
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Symmetric Algebra and Extension of Scalars

I am reading Gortz and Wedhorn's Algebraic Geometry. In their section on the symmetric algebra they explain the adjoint situation $$ \mathrm{Sym}_A \dashv i_A\colon \mathrm{Alg}(A)\to ...
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Proof of Smith Normal Form as a Generalization of Rank-Nullity Theorem

For any matrix A with entries in a PID, there exist invertible matrices P and Q such that B = PAQ, where B is in Smith normal form. This theorem is usually proved by using elementary row/column ...
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Geometric intuition for coherent rings, modules, and sheaves

Throughout, all rings are commutative. Definition 1. A ring $R$ is coherent if the solutions $\mathbf x=(x_1,\dots,x_n)$ to a linear equation $\mathbf{rx}=0$ are a finitely generated $R$-submodule of ...
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Why is $Ind^G_H(M)=Ind^{G/H}_{\{e\}}$?

I was looking at some representation theory notes and found the following statement: $Ind^G_H(V)=\mathbb{C}[G]\otimes_{\mathbb{C}[H]}V=\mathbb{C}[G/H]\otimes_\mathbb{C} V$. Now, this makes intuitive ...
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Exists an $R$-module homomorphism $\varphi: M \to \mathbb{Q}/\mathbb{Z}$ such that $\varphi(m) \neq 0$?

Let $M$ be an $R$-module with some torsion element $m$. Does there exist an $R$-module homomorphism $\varphi: M \to \mathbb{Q}/\mathbb{Z}$ such that $\varphi(m) \neq 0$?
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Existence of finite projective resolution

The situation I'm considering is quite involved. All rings are noetherian commutative with $1$. All modules are finitely generated. First of all we fix a non reduced local ring $A$ where all zero ...
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A few questions about a specific ring

My question is kinda long, so please bear with me... And I only need hints to get me started. So, I'm working on the ring $R =\left( \begin{matrix} \mathbb{Z} & \mathbb{Q} \\ 0 & ...
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Category of Chain Complexes of $R$-modules

So I have a couple of questions: 1- Formally speaking, what is a "quotient of a chain complex" of $R$-modules? 2- I want to show that any chain complexes of $R$-modules $C_\bullet $ is the ...
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The importance of being Cohen-Macaulay

I am starting to study Cohen-Macaulay rings, mainly from Bruns-Herzog book. In that book there are many examples and sentences of the type "If something satisfies this properties, then it is ...
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Deciding whether or not a class of modules is “big enough”

For the last few days I'm pondering the following question. The situation is this: $R$ is a commutative ring and $A$ a (noncommutative) $R$-algebra. I have a class $\mathcal{C}\subseteq\coprod_{S} ...
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Dual modules and first cohomology

Let $G$ be a finite group, $K$ a characteristic-$p$ algebraically closed field (say $p$ divides $|G|$), and let $M$ be a finite-dimensional $KG$-module. What hypotheses are needed on $G$, $M$ to ...
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Finitely generated torsion module over a Dedekind domain

Let $M$ be a finitely generated torsion module over a Dedekind domain $R$. Show that there exist nonzero ideals $I_1 \supseteq \cdots \supseteq I_n$ of $R$ such that $M \cong ...
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$\mathcal{H}_B$ is isomorphic to $B$ as Hilbert $B$-modules if and only if $B$ is a stable C*-algebra

Let $B$ be a C*-algebra. I want to prove that $\mathcal{H}_B$ is isomorphic to $B$ as Hilbert $B$-modules if and only if $B$ is stable, that is, $\mathcal{K} \otimes B$ is isomorphic to $B$ as ...
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For a left $R$ module $M$ when is $R \cong \text{End}(_{R}M)$

I wonder if there exists any non-obvious class of modules as in the title, i.e., $R \cong \text{End}(_{R}M)$. In particular, I wonder if the character module of $\mathbb{F_2}[x,y]/(x^2, xy, y^2)$ ...
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Integer such that there is a $k$-algebra isomorphism for any two algebras.

Is there an integer $\ell = \ell(m, n) \ge 1$ such that for any $k$-algebras $A$ and $B$ there is a $k$-algebra isomorphism $\text{M}_m(A) \otimes_k \text{M}_n(B) \cong \text{M}_\ell(A \otimes_k B)$?
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Does $M \otimes_R N = 0$ for a non-unital ring $R$ if there are ideals $I,J \lhd R$ such that $MI+JN = 0$ and $I+J = R$?

Suppose that $M,N$ are $R$-modules, $I,J\lhd R$. Suppose that $MI=JN=0$ and that $I+J=R$. Prove that $M\bigotimes_R N=0$. This is very easy to prove if the ring is unital as you may write ...
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Milnor patching for general modules

The Milnor patching theorem for projective modules is the following statement. Given a pullback diagram of rings $$ \begin{array}{} R & \xrightarrow{f_2} & R_2 \\ \downarrow{f_1} & ...
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Too Many Members in a Finitely Generated Module are Linearly Dependent

I am new to module theory and as of now am not very comfortable with the subject. So can somebody please check whether my claim and its proof is okay? Consider the following statement: Let $M$ be ...
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Computing simplicial homology via Smith Normal Form over Rings

I am not sure whether this is the right forum to ask such a question, if not please let me know. In the context of my masters thesis, I am working on writing a program to compute simplicial homology ...
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If $\mathfrak{m}\otimes M\rightarrow A\otimes M$ is injective, what else has to be injective?

Let $A$ be a local (not necessarily noetherian) ring with maximal ideal $\mathfrak{m}$ and residue field $k$. Let $M$ be a finitely generated $A$-module such that $\mathfrak{m}\otimes_A M\rightarrow ...
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When does the duality functor commute with the wedge power functor?

When working with modules over a fixed commutative ring, I know that $(M \otimes N)^* \cong M^* \otimes N^*$ provided either $M$ or $N$ is finitely generated projective. Does it follow that ...
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Property of free submodules for a module over a PID

It's possible to produce an example of an integral domain $R$ and a free $R$-module $M$ with free submodules $L, L'$ such that $L+L'$ is not free. We can take $R=M=K[x,y]$ , $L=<x>$ , ...
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The dimension of vector space $F^{X}$.

Here's the problem: Let $F$ be field, $X$ an infinite set and $F^{X}$ be the set of all functions $f:X\rightarrow F$. Then $F^{X}$ is a vector space over $F$ (with $(f+g)(x)=f(x)+g(x)$ and ...
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If $R$ is a domain and $M$ a finitely generated $R$-module, is it true that $\bigcap_{f\in M^{*}}\ker{f}=\operatorname{Tor}M$?

Let $R$ be a domain and $M$ a finitely generated $R$-module. Let $M^{*}=\hom_{R}(M,R)$. Let Tor$M$ be the torsion submodule of $M$. It it true that $$\displaystyle\bigcap_{f\in ...
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Tensor product of $A_n$ modules/ localisation at ring of differentials

I'm working through Coutinho's "A Primer of Algebraic D-Modules" and I've gotten stuck on the following question: Let $p \in K[x_1, \ldots ,x_n]$ be non-zero, and let $A_n$ be the Weyl Algebra. Show ...
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Commutativity of direct and inverse limits

In exercise 5.34(iv) of Homological Algebra book by Rotman one is asked to prove that direct limits and inverse limits do not necessarily commute. I have two questions : 1.) Is it true that ...
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Length of a composition series of a module

If $A=\mathbb{C}[x,y]_{(x,y)}$, then what is the length of $A$-module $$A/(x^3-x^2y^2+y^{100},x^3-y^{999})\ ?$$ Any suggestion ?
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Equations in the semiring of f.g. modules

Let $R$ be a commutative ring. Then we may consider the semiring $G(R)$ of isomorphism classes of finitely generated $R$-modules with $+ = $ direct sum, $* = $ tensor product, $0 = $ zero module, $1 = ...
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Symmetric non-degenerate bilinear forms over $\mathbb{Z}$ and $\mathbb{Q}$

Consider the four non-degenerate symmetric bilinear forms over $\mathbb{Q}$ given be the matrices $\bigl(\begin{smallmatrix} 1&0\\ 0&1 \end{smallmatrix} \bigr)$,$\bigl(\begin{smallmatrix} ...
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Endomorphism rings of MCM Modules

Let $k$ be a field (algebraically closed of characteristic not equal to two, if you like) and let $R = k[[t^2, t^{2n+1}]]$. It is well known $R$ has finite type and the MCM (maximal Cohen-Macaulay) ...
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“Localization” of a module at a family of elements

Let $x=(x_i)_{i \in I}$ be a family of elements of a commutative ring $R$. Typically $I$ is infinite. Let $M$ be an $R$-module. For every finite subset $E \subseteq I$ define $M_E = M$, and for ...
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Morita theory for simplicial rings

My question is the following: is there an analog of Morita theorem in the simplicial setting? I mean, we can define two simplicial rings $A,B$ to be simplicially Morita equivalent is the categories ...
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Finitely presented modules and torsion

Suppose $R$ is a Dedekind domain and $A$ a $(m \times n)$-matrix of rank $r$ over $R$. $A$ induces an $R$-module homomorphism $\varphi:R^m \to R^n$ via $x \mapsto xA$ giving rise to an exact sequence ...
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When is the canonical extension of scalars map $M\to S\otimes_RM$ injective?

Let $\alpha:R\to S$ be a map of unital rings, and let $M$ be an $R$-module. We have a canonical map of $R$-modules: ...
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Decomposing the group algebra $\mathbb{R}[Q]$ as a product of matrix rings

I am trying to decompose $\mathbb{R}[Q]$ as a product of matrix rings ($Q$ is the group of quaternions) By Maschke's theorem, $\mathbb{R}[Q]$ is semisimple. I will begin by decomposing it as a left ...
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Comparison of positive elements and Hilbert C*-modules

I can't find a proof of facts like the following, which apparently are quite standard in the theory of C*-algebras. Let $\mathfrak A$ be any C*-algebra, and $a,b$ two positive elements in $\mathfrak ...
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An explicit $\Lambda_R^\ell(M)$ when $M$ is not free

Let $\Lambda_R^n(M)$ be the nth exterior power of an $R$-module $M$. Let us assume $M$ is finitely generated. When $M$ if free, say, $M=R^{\oplus d}$, we know \begin{equation} \Lambda_R^n(M)\cong ...
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Normal Form problem (in a module over a PID)

Let $A,B$ be $n\times n$ matrices with entires in a PID $D$ and $\det AB\neq 0$. Suppose diag$\{a_i\}$, diag$\{b_i\}$, and diag$\{c_i\}$ are normal froms for $A$, $B$, and $AB$. In particular, ...
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On the Nakayama functor

Let $A$ be a finite dimensional $k$-algebra with 1. Denote by $_AP$ the category of projective left $A$-modules finite dimensional. And with $_AI$ the category of injective left $A$-modules finite ...
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Ext in Dedekind domains

I know and can prove that $\operatorname{Ext}_Z^1(\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z},A) \simeq A/pA$. Does similar formula work for more general rings, such as Dedekind domains and their ideals, i.e. ...
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Zero divisors in modules?

Let $R$ be a ring. I find myself considering $M=R^n$, as an $R$-module. If $a$ is not a zero divisor in $R$, it holds that $\forall x \in M: ax=0 \Rightarrow a=0 \vee x=0$ . For what kinds of ...
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Decompose a module $M$ of the form $N \times N$, where $N$ is simple

Let $M$ be a $\mathbb{C}[G]$-module of the form $M=N\times N$, where $N$ is simple. How to conclude that $M$ has infinitly many direct sum decompositions into two copies of $N$ ? This is what I have ...
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Why has the category of all discrete $G$-modules not enough projectives when $G$ is profinite?

I found this article about Galois Cohomology. In it, it says that, when $G$ is a profinite group and $\mathbf{C}_G$ is the category of all discrete $G$-modules, $\mathbf{C}_G$ doesn't have enough ...