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Where does the proof for commutative rings break down in the non-commutative ring when showing only two ideals implies the ring is a field?

We know in a commutative ring, if the only ideals are trivial and the whole ring, then the ring is a field, which is proved by every ideal is contained in a maximal ideal, which is proved by Zorn's ...
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bilinear maps with respect to noncommutative rings

Consider a noncommutative ring with unity $R$, three left $R$-modules $M,N,P$ and a map $f\colon\;M\times N\to P$ such that: $ f(m+m',n)=f(m,n)+f(m',n)\\ f(m,n+n')=f(m,n)+f(m,n')\\ ...
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From progenerators to progenerators

I know that if $R$ is a ring (with identity) and $P$ is a progenarator right $R$-module (a f.g. projective generator) then $P/PJ$ is clearly f.g. when $J$ is the Jacobson radical of $R$; but, how ...
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Are finitely presentable modules closed under extensions?

If $0 \to A \to B \to C \to 0$ is an exact sequence of modules, and $A$ and $C$ are finitely presentable, then is $B$ finitely presentable? The answer is "yes" if we replace modules with groups, ...
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trace of left/right multiplication

Let $A$ be a finite dimensional algebra over some field $k$. Then any element $a \in A$ defines two $k$-linear maps $a_l, a_r$ on $A$ by left and right multiplication, respectively. So there are two ...
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non-examples for Krull-Schmidt-Azumaya

I am looking for some rings $A$ and finitely generated $A$-modules $M$, where the conclusion of the Krull-Schmidt-Azumaya Theorem does not hold for $M$, i.e. where $M$ can be written as direct sums of ...
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A non-projective module

Let a ring with identity $R$ be decomposed as $S_1⊕\cdots⊕S_n$ (as a right $R$-module), where $S_i=e_iR$ with $e_i$ nonzero idempotents of $R$ adding up to $1$. If $J$ is the Jacobson radical of ...
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Does there exist a non-commutative ring of order $210$? [closed]

Does there exist a non-commutative ring of order $210$? One can construct rings of this order by taking products of $\mathbb Z/n\mathbb Z$, but those are commutative. Historical aside (not ...
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A divisor of a unit is a unit?

Is it true that if $ab=u$ where $u\in U(R)$ is a unit of the noncommutative ring $R$, then $a,b\in U(R)$? If $R$ is commutative, then this can be seen by $$a(bu^{-1})=uu^{-1}=1=(bu^{-1})a,$$ but ...
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Why $J(M_n(R))=M_n(J(R))$ for any ring, where $J$ is the Jacobson radical of $R$?

I found this statement in an exercise: Show that $J(M_n(R))=M_n(J(R))$ for any ring $R$. This doesn't look like a trivial thing to me at all. The definition of Jacobson radical that my book ...
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Inverse of a $2\times2$ matrix with noncommuting entries

I want to invert a $2 \times 2$ matrix with quaternionic entries. Since non-commutativity, the determinant is not well defined and I've seen in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternionic_matrix that, ...
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Center of a ring projective?

If $R$ is a ring and $Z(R)$ denotes $R$'s centre, then when is $R$ projective as an $Z(R)$-module?
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Global dimension of the center

Let $R$ be a ring. Must the global dimension of the centre $Z(R)$ of the ring $R$ always be atmost that of $R$ itself? I mean is it generally true that: $D(Z(R)) \leq D(R)$ (where D is the global ...
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Ref. request for Linear algebra over noncommutative rings

This is not a real question but more a reference question. I am looking for introductory articles/blog entries/books that discuss the obstructions to do linear algebra over a non-commutative ring $R$. ...
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Showing that the operations defined on a right ring of fractions are well-defined

My problem comes from Goodearl & Warfield's "An Introduction to Noncommutative Noetherian Rings". Let X be a right Ore set of regular elements in a ring R. Define a relation $\sim$ on $R ...
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Correct definition of bilinear(multilinear) maps over noncommutative rings

I wonder about the following: Let $R$ be a noncommutative ring with $\alpha, \beta \in R$ such that $\alpha \beta \neq \beta \alpha$. Let $M,N,P$ be left-$R$-modules. Why does it make problems to ...
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Why every central simple algebra has a splitting field

For central simple $F$-algebra $A$, where $F$ is a field, a field $E$ such that $F \subset E$ is called a splitting field if $A \otimes E$ is isomoprhic to $M_n (E)$ for some $n$. Why is algebraic ...
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Semisimple modules and short exact sequences

Though I suspect that this is a folklore result, I've been unable to find a proof by digital book searching. I also mention (my apologies) that I am new to noncommutative algebras theory and I am not ...
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Trace ideal of generator

Let $R$ be a unital ring. In Lam's "Lectures on modules on rings" (Theorem 18.8, p483), the following implication is stated for a right $R$-module $P$: $$\mathrm{tr}(P) = R \implies R \text{ is a ...
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Maximal and prime ideals of quaternions with integer coefficients

Let $R = \mathbb{Z} + \mathbb{Z}i + \mathbb{Z}j + \mathbb{Z}k$, the subring of $\mathbb{H}$ consisting of quaternions with integer coefficients. An exercise in Goodearl and Warfield's An Introduction ...
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Commuting exponentials of non-commuting matrices

For two non-commuting matrices $A,B \in M(2,\mathbb{K})$, $\mathbb{K}\in \{\mathbb{R},\mathbb{C}\}$, can be shown that: $$ e^C=e^{A+B}=e^Ae^B=e^Be^A \iff \begin{cases} ...
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Ideals in a polynomial ring over a skew field

I know that a polynomial ring over a field is a PID, does this property also hold for a polynomial ring over a skew field? Is there maybe something else that characterise the ideals in that ring ?
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Nilpotent and invertible polynomials over noncommutative rings

Let $R$ be a noncommutative ring. 1) Prove or disprove: $a_0+a_1 x+\cdots+a_n x^n\in R[x]$ is nilpotent iff $a_i$ is nilpotent $\forall i$. 2) Prove or disprove: $a_0+a_1 x+\cdots+a_n x^n\in R[x]$ ...
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A concrete example of a unital noncommutative ring without maximal two-sided ideals

Whenever I say ideal in this question I'm talking about two sided-ideals. Does there exist a concrete example of a non-commutative ring with $1$ without maximal ideals? We know that if $R$ is a ...
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$R/J(R)$ not semisimple Artinian

I search for a ring $R$ with Jacobson radical $J(R)$ such that $R/J(R)$ is not semisimple Artinian. Being a finitely generated module over itself, $R$ would have infinite hollow dimension due to ...
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Product notation $\prod$ when product does not commute [duplicate]

This is kind of a dubious question, but is the product notation $\prod$ often used in noncommutative rings? For example, if $M_i$ are matrices, I guess the common definition of $\prod$ is $$\prod_i ...
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Definition of Matrix Inverse [duplicate]

If I recall correctly, most of the references out there, including Wolfram Alpha, define the inverse of a square matrix $A$ to be a square matrix $B$ of the same dimension such that $AB=I$. But is ...
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Give an example of a maximal ideal in a noncommutative ring which is not prime

While trying to find an example, I came up with this: Since if $J$ is an ideal of a the ring $M_n(R)$, where $R$ is a commutative ring, then $J=M_n(I)$ for some ideal $I$ of $R$. IF I could show that ...
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Zerodivisors in polynomial rings over a non-commutative ring

Prove that if $f \in R[x]$ is a zero divisor then $\exists r(\neq 0) \in R$ s.t $rf=0$, where $R$ is a ring. I know that for $(a_0+a_1x+ \cdots ...
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Constructing noncommutative nilpotent rings of given index

When I read about algebra I often see a certain disregard for examples or perhaps a disregard for a reader whose knowledge of examples is limited. When I'm interested in a property $p$ of an algebraic ...
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A dual to essentially finitely generated notion

It is known that a (right) module $M$ over a ring $R$ has finite uniform dimension if and only if it is "essentially finitely generated", in the sense that there exists a finitely generated submodule ...
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Projectiveness of direct product of projectives

It is well-known that a direct sum of modules is projective if and only if each summand is projective, and a direct product of modules is injective if and only if each of the modules are injective. ...
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Identifying a Lie algebra from its universal enveloping algebra

Its been a while since I've worked on Lie algebras and I can't remember how to approach this problem: How do I identify the lie algebra (up to isomorphism) associated to a certain universal ...
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A question about injection of a quotient in a direct summand

Let $M$ be a nonsingular right $R$-module in the sense that $Z(M)=\{m\in M : \operatorname{ann}(m)\text{ is essential in }R_R\}=0$. Could one find an $R$-monomorphism from the quotient $M/\bigcap N_i$ ...
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Goldie closure of the zero module

In "Lectures on Rings and Modules" by T.Y. Lam, it is claimed in Example (7.33) that the Goldie closure $cl(0)$ of the zero module $0$ on the ring $R=\left [\begin{array}\ \mathbb Z & \mathbb Z_2 ...
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Show that the probability that two randomly choosen elements from $R$ commute is at most $(5/8)$.

Let $R$ be a finite non-commutative ring. Show that the probability that two randomly choosen elements from $R$ commute is at most $(5/8)$. i know there is an answer in ...
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Basis-free and noncommutative versions of the two-polynomials-over-ring problem (McCoy theorem etc.)

There is a rather canonical bunch of exercises in commutative algebra which tend to come up time and again on math.stackexchange: recently in #948010 and #83121, formerly in #227787 and #413788, and ...
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A question in definition of group rings

In definition of a group ring $RG$ with elements $∑f_g g$ (where $g\in G$ and $f_g\in R$), are we supposed that $f_g$'s commute with $g$'s? I mean could we identify the above formal summation with $∑ ...
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Ideals of a skew polynomial ring where no positive power of the automorphism is inner

The exercise I'm trying to answer is as follows: Let $R$ be a ring, and $\alpha : R \rightarrow R$ an automorphism of $R$. Suppose that $R$ is simple and that no positive power of $\alpha$ is ...
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Total ordering on the free group

The free groups can be totally (bi-)ordered. This paper shows how to do it (page 4). In short, you embed the group in multiplicative structure of the ring of power series in non-commuting variables, ...
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Jacobson radical of a matrix ring

I search for a way to prove that the Jacobson radical of $R=\left [\begin{array}\ \mathbb Z_4 & 2\mathbb Z_4 \\ 0 & \mathbb Z_4 \end{array} \right ]$ is $\left [\begin{array}\ 2\mathbb Z_4 ...
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When Leavitt path algebras are unital

I’ve been taking a seminar course on Leavitt path algebras, and our source material is rather laconic as far as explanations are concerned. I am attempting to justify (to myself) the following claim ...
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Rings with $a^5=a$ are commutative

Let $R$ be a ring such that $a^5=a$ for all $a \in R$. Then it follows that $R$ is commutative. This is part of a more general well-known theorem by Jacobson for arbitrary exponents ($a^n=a$), which ...
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Every right principal ideal non-emptily intersects the center — what is that?

This is a follow-up to Do Lipschitz/Hurwitz quaternions satisfy the Ore condition? Jyrki Lahtonen answered the question in the positive by noticing that every right principal ideal in either ring has ...
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Do Lipschitz/Hurwitz quaternions satisfy the Ore condition?

The Lipschitz quaternions $L$ are the quaternions with integer coefficients and the Hurwitz quaternions $H$ are the quaternions with coefficients from $\Bbb Z\cup(\Bbb Z+1/2).$ A ring satisfies the ...
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Is Planck's constant a mathematical or a physical constant?

Planck's constant $h$ came out of his considerations of black body radiation and features prominently in quantum physics. Recently I came across the statement that $-i\hbar = pq - qp$ for elements ...
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Endomorphism rings of a $k$-algebra

Let $k$ be a field and $R$ be the $3$-dimensional $k$-algebra $\left [\begin{array}\ k & k \\ 0 & k \end{array} \right ]$. I have two conjectures: (1) Is any simple right $R$-module has ...
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Learning roadmap in Algebra

I am a senior undergraduate student in mathematics, I have a sound knowledge in the following areas: a) Commutative Algebra b) Field Theory and Galois Theory c) Homological Algebra My question is ...
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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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A uniform module as an intersection

Let $R$ be a semiprime, nonsingular ring with finite Goldie dimension u.dim $R_R$. (Nonsingularity means here that $Z(R_R)=0$, where $Z(R_R)$ is the set of elements $x$ of $R$ with $ann(x)$ is ...