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A Commutator Identity in Rings

In a ring (or associative algebra), let the commutator $[A,B]$ be defined as $[A,B]=AB-BA$. I have asked earlier for a general formula for the expression $[x_1\cdots x_m,y_1\cdots y_m]$ in a group ...
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Counterexamples to the Artin-Rees Lemma

This well known Lemma about $I$-stable filtrations asserts: Lemma (Artin-Rees) Let $A$ be a Noetherian ring and $E$ a finitely generated $A$-module. Let $F$ be a submodule of $E$ and $\{E_i\}$ an ...
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$G \simeq R^{\times}$

What is known about the groups G for wich there exist a unitary ring R, such that $R^{\times} \simeq G$? I can easily prove that The only G cyclic with this property(Edit:and odd order) are those who ...
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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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Condition so that coefficients nilpotent implies power series nilpotent for non-noetherian ring $R$ with char$(R) = 0$

For a noetherian ring $R$ the following holds: $$\sum\limits_{i=0}^{\infty}a_iX^i \mbox{ nilpotent } \iff a_i \mbox{ nilpotent } \forall i, \mbox{ where } a_i \in R.$$ If $R$ is non-noetherian ...
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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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When every matrix is a sum of nilpotent (idempotent or invertible) matrices ??

Let $R$ be a ring with non-zero identity. Consider the following three properties: Every $A \in M_n(R)$ is a sum of nilpotent matrices. Every $A \in M_n(R)$ is a sum of idempotent matrices. Every ...
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Weakening the assumption that an ideal is maximal

This question is from ChI, $\S{3}$ of Serge Lang's Algebraic Number Theory. Let $A$ be a commutative integral domain, integrally closed in its quotient field $K$, and let $E$ be a finite extension of ...
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Show that if $M$ is Noetherian then there $ n_{0} \in \mathbb{N}$ such that $n \geq n_{0}$, $0= \operatorname{Im}(f^{n}) \cap \ker(f^{n})$

Sean $M$ an $R$-module and $f: M \longrightarrow M$ an endomorphism of $M$. Show that if $M$ is Noetherian then there $ n_{0} \in \mathbb{N}$ such that $n \geq n_{0}$, $0= \operatorname{Im}(f^{n}) ...
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When powers of matrices are represented as a sum of integral matrices

There is given a ring $R$ and a subring $K$ with unit. We have a matrix $A$ of size $n$ over $R$. The characteristic of $R$ is $0$ or more than $n$. The statement is: If $A^m$ for any ...
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The action of a Galois group on a prime ideal in a Dedekind domain

Let $A$ be a commutative Dedekind domain and $K$ its field of fractions. Let $L/K$ be a finite Galois extension with Galois group $G$ and let $B$ be the integral closure of $A$ in $L$. If ...
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associated graded ring is the quotient of a free algebra by a homogeneous ideal

Let $A$ be a semilocal ring with Jacobson radical $m$ and let $I$ be an ideal of definition, i.e. an ideal such that $m^{\nu} \subset I \subset m$. Consider the associated graded ring of $A$, given by ...
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Hilbert symbol over a ring

Normally the Hilbert symbol over a field $\mathbb{F}$ is defined for $a,b\in\mathbb{F}^*$ as follows: $$ (a,b)=\begin{cases}1,&\text{ if }z^2=ax^2+by^2\text{ has a non-zero solution }(x,y,z)\in ...
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On complexes of projective modules

How can I prove the following statement? Let $\beta: B\rightarrow C$ be a quasi-isomorphism of complexes of $R$-modules. If $P$ is a complex of projective $R$-modules which is bounded below, then ...
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Applications of Govorov-Lazard Theorem?

The Govorov-Lazard Theorem states that a (right) module over an unital ring is flat iff it is a direct limit of finitely generated free (right) modules. I wonder if this theorem has interesting ...
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Extension of the theorem of Jacobson

Let $A$ be a ring. Let $E$ be the set of polynomials $\{X^n-X \in \mathbb{Z}[X]|n \in \mathbb{N}^*-\{1\}\}$. By the theorem of Jacobson, we know that if for each $a\in A$ there is an element of $E$ ...
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What's this called? $\mathbb{C}[d/dx]$

The 'ring of differential operators wrt x' ? Thx.
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Does the singleton reduction system $\{(x^2y,yx)\}$ lead to a normal form?

Suppose you have a singleton reduction system $\{(x^2y,yx)\}$. Does such a system lead to a normal form on the corresponding $k$-algebra $k\langle x,y\rangle$, where $k$ is a commutative, ...
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Dimension of a module vs codimension of its annihilator

For some reason I am just stuck on this question, although my intuition insists it's easy - I'd appreciate anyone telling me any obvious fact I'm overlooking here. Suppose we have an ...
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Projective modules over rings without unit

For rings with unit there are at least three ways to define a projective module: The universal property, i.e. $P$ is projective if for any epimorphism $M\to N$ and any morphism $P\to N$ there exists ...
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The number of local rings $R$ such that $R^\ast$ is cyclic of order $n$

For $n>0$, let $c_n$ be the number of local rings $R$ such that $R^\ast$ is cyclic of order $n$. Note that $c_1 =1$. (A local ring $R$ such that $R^\ast = \{1\}$ has precisely two elements. See Is ...
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Azumaya algebra and its subalgebras

I remind you that an Azumaya algebra $A$ is a central and separable algebra. Now, I know that if $A$ is an algebra over a skew-field or over a local ring then there exists a subalgebra $S$ of $A$ such ...
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Show $\mathrm{E}(\mathbb{Z}_{mn})$ is isomorphic to $\mathrm{E}(\mathbb{Z}_{m})\times\mathrm{E}(\mathbb{Z}_{n})$ if and only if $(m,n)=1$

Define $\mathrm{E}(\mathbb{Z}_{i})$ to be the group of invertible elements of the ring with unity $\mathbb{Z}_{i}$. Show that $\mathrm{E}(\mathbb{Z}_{mn})$ is isomorphic to ...
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Application of the structure theorem for finitely generated modules over a PID

I've been trying to figure out the correct way to do this and I'm not sure I've got it quite right. $\mathbb{Z}^4/S$ where $S = \{(4, 12,20,8),(6,30,18,12),(4,16,16,8),(8,40,24,16) \}$ So, $M_0 = ...
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Mixed vs Equal Characteristic Local Rings

This is more of a vague, intuitive type of question, so perhaps there isn't anything too concrete anyone can offer. I am trying to get a sense of precisely why working with local rings of equal ...
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Uniqueness of the decomposition of an ideal

Let $ F $ be a non-empty subset of $ \{ 1,2,\dots,n\} $ and $ P_{F}=(\{x_{i}:i\in F\}) $. Let $ F_{1},F_{2},\dots,F_{m} $ be pair-wise distinct non-empty subsets of $ \{1,2,...,n\} $ and $$ ...
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Ring structure of a localization

let $R$ be a commutative noetherian ring and let $A$ be an $R$-algebra which is moreover a finitely generated $R$-module. Let $P$ be a prime ideal of $R$. How is the ring structure of the localization ...
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Idempotent semiring

Let $R$ be a semiring. For $a\in R$,we define $t_a(x)=x+a$ for all $x\in R$. Prove that $R$ is idempotent(with +) and $1$ has an infinite order if and only if for all $a,x,y\in R$, ...
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Multiplicative Inverse of Polynomials in Finite field

Find the multiplicative inverse of $x + 2$ in the field $\Bbb Z_5[x]/(x^2 + 2)$. I have done the following so far: \begin{align*} x^2+2 &= (x+2)(x+3) + 1\\ (x+2)(x+3) &\equiv -1 \pmod ...
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Showing function defined on $\text{Frac}(R)$ is a ring homomorphism

Let $f : R \to S$ be a ring homomorphism where $R, S$ are integral domains. I want to show that $\varphi : \text{Frac}(R) \to \text{Frac}(S)$ defined by $r/1 \mapsto f(r)/1$ is a ring homomorphism. ...
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Inverse limit of the following system.

Let $\mathcal{O}_L = \mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-5}]$ be the number ring of $L=\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{-5}]$, and $\mathfrak{p} =(2, 1+\sqrt{-5})$ a prime (and maximal ideal) in $\mathcal{O}_L$. What is the inverse ...
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When is the set $A=\{a+s|a\in I , s\in S \}$ a prime ideal of R?

Let $R$ be commutative ring with identity, $I$ an ideal of $R$, and $S$ a subset of $R$. Under what conditions is the set $A=\{a+s\mid a\in I , s\in S \}$: 1- an ideal of $R$? 2- a prime ...
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Is there a finite ring whose rank is smaller than the rank of its group and its monoid?

Consider a finite ring $(R, +, \times)$ comprising a finite additive abelian group $(R, +)$, a finite multiplicative monoid $(R, \times)$, and a distributivity rule relating the two. Let the rank of ...
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Dimensions of quotient rings of $K[x,y]$

I have tried to solve the following problem and would be very grateful if someone could check my answer. Let $K$ be an algebraically closed field with $\mathrm{char}(K)=0$. I wish to compute ...
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Rings where action of automorphisms on maximal ideals is transitive

If $R$ is a commutative ring, $\alpha: R \to R$ an automorphism of $R$, and $M$ a maximal ideal of $R$, then $\alpha(M)$ is also a maximal ideal of $R$ with the same quotient field. So the group of ...
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Prove $λ$ must divide one of $x$, $y$, or $z$.

Let $λ = (3 + \sqrt{−3})/2 \in \Bbb Q[\sqrt{−3}]$. Prove that if $x^3 + y^3 = z^3$, and $x$, $y$, $z$ are quadratic integers in $\mathbb Q[\sqrt{−3}]$, then $λ$ must divide one of $x$, $y$, or $z$. ...
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Definition with Euclidean domain

Let $R$ be a Euclidean domain and let $A$ be an ideal of $R.$ Then there exists an element $a_0 \in A$ such that $A$ consists of all $a_0x$ as $x$ ranges over $R.$ I found the above theorem ...
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If in a UFD every maximal ideal is principal then it is a PID

I want to prove that if in a UFD every maximal ideal is principal then it is a PID. My line of attack is: If it is a field i.e. it has no non-zero proper ideal, then we are done. Otherwise ...
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Characterization of epic morphisms in the category of rings.

Let $C$ denotes the category of rings (with identities). It's easy to prove that for any $R\in \text{ob }C$, any multiplicative set $S\subset R$ and any ideal $I\leqslant R$, both $R\to S^{-1}R$ and ...
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Maximal ideals of polynomial ring $\mathbb Z_n[x]$

How would I find one? say $n=p^2q^2$ for $p,q$ primes
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Question about the Chinese Remainder Theorem and the residue class ring ${\bf Z}/p\# {\bf Z}$

In a question that I asked on MO, Terence Tao observed that: The Chinese Remainder Theorem tells us that the residue class ring ${\bf Z}/p\# {\bf Z}$ is isomorphic (as a ring) to the product of ...
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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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A quick way to determine number of ring homomorphism

Find the number of ring homomorphism from $\mathbb Z_2\times \mathbb Z_2$ to $\mathbb Z_4$. I know that checking idempotent elements the number of ring homomorphisms is $1$. Again the number of ring ...
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Why is every non-zero element not a unit of this ring?

Consider the ring $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt2]=a+b\sqrt2$ where $a,b\in\mathbb{Z}$. Now, if I am understanding the definition of units correctly, they are all the elements within the ring that have ...
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Euclidean domains and Fields

I've been wrtiting a chain of inclusions of algebraic structures as given at the end of this first paragraph on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclidean_domain And I've been giving examples ...
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Suppose a and b belong to a commutative ring and ab is a zero-divisor. Show that either a or b is a zero-divisor.

Suppose a and b belong to a commutative ring and ab is a zero-divisor. Show that either a or b is a zero-divisor. My answer goes like this: If ab is a zero-divisor, then there exists a nonzero ...
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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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Construct the rule in fields extensions

Let $f(x) = x^3+6x^2-12x+3$ Show that f(x) is irreducible over $\mathbb Q$ . Let $\theta$ be a real root of $f(x)$, which exists due to the intermediate value theorem. $\mathbb Q(\theta)$ consists of ...
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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 $f \in A$ ...