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Comaximal ideals in a commutative ring

Let $R$ be a commutative ring and $I_1, \cdots, I_n$ pairwise comaximal ideals in $R$, e.g. $I_i + I_j = R$ for $i \neq j$. Why are the ideals $I_1^{n_1}, ... , I_r^{n_r}$ (for any $n_1,...,n_r ...
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Characterizing units in polynomial rings $R[X]$

I am trying to prove a result, for which I have got one part, but I am not able to get the converse part. Theorem. Let $R$ be a commutative ring with $1$. Then $f(X)=a_{0}+a_{1}X+a_{2}X^{2} + \cdots ...
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Why is $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-n}]$ not a UFD?

I'm considering the ring $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-n}]$, where $n\ge 3$ and square free. I want to see why it's not an UFD. I defined a norm for the ring by $|a+b\sqrt{-n}|=a^2+nb^2$. Using this I was able ...
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Quotient ring of Gaussian integers

A very basic ring theory question, which I am not able to solve. How does one show that $\mathbb{Z}[i]/(3-i) \cong \mathbb{Z}/10\mathbb{Z}$. Extending the result: $\mathbb{Z}[i]/(a-ib) \cong ...
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Why can't the Polynomial Ring be a Field?

I'm currently studying Polynomial Rings, but I can't figure out why they are Rings, not Fields. In the definition of a Field, a Set builds a Commutative Group with Addition and Multiplication. This ...
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$A^m\hookrightarrow A^n$ implies $m\leq n$ for a ring $A\neq 0$

I'm trying to prove that if $A\neq 0$ is a commutative ring and there is an injective $A$-module homomorphism $A^m\hookrightarrow A^n$ then $m\leq n$ must necessarily hold. This is exercise 2.11 ...
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A ring is a field iff the only ideals are $(0)$ and $(1)$

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with identity. Show that $R$ is a field if and only if the only ideals of $R$ are $R$ itself and the zero ideal $(0)$. I can't figure out where to start other that I ...
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A subring of the field of fractions of a PID is a PID as well.

Let $A$ be a PID and $R$ a ring such that $A\subset R \subset \operatorname{Frac}(A)$, where $\operatorname{Frac}(A)$ denotes the field of fractions of $A$. How to show $R$ is also a PID? Any ...
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In a finite ring extension there are only finitely many prime ideals lying over a given prime ideal

I'm trying to solve the exercise 6.7 of Miles Reid's Undergraduate Commutative Algebra (pag 93). How can I prove that if $B$ is a finite ring extension of $A$, there are only finitely many prime ...
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How to show that every Boolean ring is commutative?

A ring $R$ is a Boolean ring provided that $a^2=a$ for every $a \in R$. How can we show that every Boolean ring is commutative? Thanks in advance.
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An example of a division ring $D$ that is **not** isomorphic to its opposite ring

I recall reading in an abstract algebra text two years ago (when I had the pleasure to learn this beautiful subject) that there exists a division ring $D$ that is not isomorphic to its opposite ring. ...
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Proving that surjective endomorphisms of Noetherian modules are isomorphisms and a semi-simple and noetherian module is artinian.

I am revising for my Rings and Modules exam and am stuck on the following two questions: $1.$ Let $M$ be a noetherian module and $ \ f : M \rightarrow M \ $ a surjective homomorphism. Show that $f ...
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Why are the only division algebras over the real numbers the real numbers, the complex numbers, and the quaternions?

Why are the only (associative) division algebras over the real numbers the real numbers, the complex numbers, and the quaternions? Here a division algebra is an associative algebra where every ...
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Does every Abelian group admit a ring structure?

Given some Abelian group $(G, +)$, does there always exist a binary operation $*$ such that $(G, +, *)$ is a ring? That is, $*$ is associative and distributive: \begin{align*} &a * (b * c) = ...
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Why doesn't 0 being a prime ideal in Z imply that 0 is a prime number?

I know that 1 is not a prime number because $1\cdot\mathbb Z=\mathbb Z$ is, by convention, not a prime ideal in the ring $\mathbb Z$. However, since $\mathbb Z$ is a domain, $0\cdot\mathbb Z=\{0\}$ ...
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$ p^{\frac1n} $ is irrational if $p $ is prime and $n>1$ [closed]

How can we prove that $ p^{\frac1n} $ is irrational if $p $ is prime and $n>1$?
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Methods to check if an ideal of a polynomial ring is prime or at least radical

I am looking for methods to check whether a given ideal in $K[x_0,\dots,x_n]$ is prime. I mean something you can effectively use in some concrete non-trivial example. To be more explicit, I am working ...
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A ring that is not an Euclidean domain

Let $\alpha = \frac{1+\sqrt{-19}}{2}$. Let $A = \mathbb Z[\alpha]$. Let's assume that we know that its invertibles are $\{1,-1\}$. During an exercise we proved that: Lemma: If $(D,g)$ is an ...
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necessary and sufficient condition for trivial kernel of a matrix over a commutative ring

In answering Do these matrix rings have non-zero elements that are neither units nor zero divisors? I was surprised how hard it was to find anything on the Web about the generalization of the ...
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Find all subrings Of $\mathbb{Z}^2$

This may be a simple question: Find all subrings of $\mathbb{Z}^2$.
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Zero divisor in $R[x]$

Let $R$ be commutative ring with no (nonzero) nilpotent elements. If $f(x) = a_0+a_1x+\cdots+a_nx^n$ in $R[x]$ is a zero divisor, how do I show there's an element $b \ne 0$ in $R$ such that ...
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Is $A \times B$ the same as $A \oplus B$?

When $A, B$ are $K$-modules, then $A \times B$ is the same as $A \oplus B$. Let $A, B$ be two $K$-algebras, where $K$ is a field. Is $A \times B$ the same as $A \oplus B$? Thank you very much. ...
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A finite ring is a field if its units $\cup\ \{0\}$ comprise a field of characteristic $\ne 2$

Suppose $R$ is a finite ring (commutative ring with $1$) of characteristic $3$ and suppose that for every unit $u \in R\:,\ 1+u\ $ is also a unit or $0$. We need to show that $R$ is a field. Is this ...
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Show that $\langle 2,x \rangle$ is not a principal ideal in $\mathbb Z [x]$

Hi I don't know how to show that $\langle 2,x \rangle$ is not principal and the definition of a principal ideal is unclear to me. I need help on this, please. The ring that I am talking about is ...
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Given a commutative ring $R$ and an epimorphism $R^m \to R^n$ is then $m \geq n$?

If $\varphi:R^{m}\to R^{n}$ is an epimorphism of free modules over a commutative ring, does it follow that $m \geq n$? This is obviously true for vector spaces over a field, but how would one show ...
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What are the left and right ideals of matrix ring? How about the two sided ideals?

What are the left and right ideals of matrix ring? How about the two sided ideals?
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$\mathbb{Q}[x,y]/\langle x^2+y^2-1 \rangle$ is an integral domain

How can I prove that $\mathbb{Q}[x,y]/\langle x^2+y^2-1 \rangle$ is an integral domain? Also, I need to prove that its field of fractions is isomorphic to the field of rational functions ...
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The subring test

This is how the wikipedia article on subring defines the subring test The subring test states that for any ring $R$, a nonempty subset of $R$ is a subring if it is closed under addition and ...
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Ring of order $p^2$ is commutative.

I would like to show that ring of order $p^2$ is commutative. Taking $G=(R, +)$ as group, we have two possible isomorphism classes $\mathbb Z /p^2\mathbb Z$ and $\mathbb Z/ p\mathbb Z \times \mathbb ...
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$x$ not nilpotent implies that there is a prime ideal not containing $x$.

Let $\mathscr{N}(R)$ denote the set of all nilpotent elements in a ring $R$. I have actually done an exercise which states that if $x \in \mathscr{N}(R)$, then $x$ is contained in every prime ideal ...
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Left inverse implies right inverse in a finite ring

Let $R$ be a finite ring, and assume $\exists x,y\in R$ such that $ xy=1$. How can I show it implies $yx=1$?
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A ring element with a left inverse but no right inverse?

Can I have a hint on how to construct a ring $A$ such that there are $a, b \in A$ for which $ab = 1$ but $ba \neq 1$, please? It seems that square matrices over a field are out of question because of ...
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Motivation for Eisenstein Criterion

I have been thinking about this for quite sometime. Eisentein Criterion for Irreducibility: Let $f$ be a primitive polynomial over a commutative unique factorization domain $R$, say $$f(x)=a_0 + ...
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Ideals of $\mathbb{Z}[X]$

Is it possible to classify all ideals of $\mathbb{Z}[X]$? By this I mean a preferably short enumerable list which contains every ideal exactly once, preferably specified by generators. The prime ...
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Ring of trigonometric functions with real coefficients

Let $R$ be the ring of functions that are polynomials in $\cos t$ and $\sin t$ with real coefficients. Prove that $R$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb R[x,y]/(x^2+y^2-1)$. Prove that $R$ is not a unique ...
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Irreducible Components of the Prime Spectrum of a Quotient Ring and Primary Decomposition

Recently I encountered a problem (the first exercise from chapter four of Atiyah & McDonald's Introduction to Commutative Algebra) stating that if $\mathfrak{a}$ is a decomposable ideal of $A$ (a ...
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Smallest non-commutative ring with unity

Find the smallest non-commutative ring with unity. (By smallest it means it has the least cardinal.) I tried rings of size 4 and I found no such ring.
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Examples of rings with ideal lattice isomorphic to $M_3$, $N_5$

In thinking about this recent question, I was reading about distributive lattices, and the Wikipedia article includes a very interesting characterization: A lattice is distributive if and only if ...
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Non-unital rings: a few examples

Every ring I've ever heard of is unital, i. e., contains a (unique) element $a$ such that $xa = ax = x$ for every $x$ in it. However, some rings do not have such an element. What are they? P. S.: one ...
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Is the number of prime ideals of a zero-dimensional ring stable under base change?

Let $A$ be a zero-dimensional ring of finite type over a field $k$ and let $X= \textrm{Spec} \ A$ be its spectrum. Note that $X$ is a finite set. Suppose that $k\subset K$ is a finite field extension ...
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$1^n +2^n + \cdots +(p-1)^n \mod p =$?

Calculate for every positive integer $n$ and for every prime $p$ the expression $$1^n +2^n + \cdots +(p-1)^n \mod p$$ I need your help for this. I don't know what to do, but I'll show you what I ...
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Left and right ideals of $R=\left\{\bigl(\begin{smallmatrix}a&b\\0&c \end{smallmatrix}\bigr) : a\in\mathbb Z, \ b,c\in\mathbb Q\right\}$

If $$R=\left\{ \begin{pmatrix} a &b\\ 0 & c \end{pmatrix} \ : \ a \in \mathbb{Z}, \ b,c \in \mathbb{Q}\right\} $$ under usual addition and multiplication, then what are the left and right ...
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Completion of a Noetherian ring R at $(a_1,\ldots,a_n)$ is isomorphic to $R[[x_1,\ldots,x_n]]/(x_1-a_1,\ldots,x_n-a_n)$

How can we prove that if $R$ is a commutative Noetherian ring, $\mathfrak{m} = (a_1,\ldots,a_n)$ is an ideal, then the completion of $R$ at $\mathfrak{m}$ is isomorphic to ...
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Submodule of free module over a p.i.d. free even when the module is not finitely generated?

I have heard that any submodule of a free module over a p.i.d. is free. I can prove this for finitely generated modules over a p.i.d. But the proof involves induction on the number of generators, so ...
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Order of some quotient ring of Gaussian integers [duplicate]

I'm trying to get through a proof of Gauss' that certain primes can be written as the sum of two squares. An assumption is that the order of $\mathbb{Z}[i]/(a+bi)$ is $a^2+b^2$. I get that ...
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If $R$ is an infinite ring, then $R$ has either infinitely many zero divisors, or no zero divisors

Please help me to prove that if $R$ is an infinite ring, then $R$ has either an infinite number of zero divisors, or it has no zero divisors.
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What's the rationale for requiring that a field be a $\boldsymbol{non}$-$\boldsymbol{trivial}$ ring?

The title pretty much says it all. Of course, one answer (IMO unsatisfactory) to such questions goes something like "a definition is a definition, period." In my experience, mathematical definitions ...
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Why is a finite integral domain always field?

This is how I'm approaching it: let $R$ be a finite integral domain and I'm trying to show every element in $R$ has an inverse: let $R-\{0\}=\{x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_k\}$, then as $R$ is closed under ...
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If $xy$ is a unit, are $x$ and $y$ units?

I know if $x$ and $y$ are units, in say a commutative ring, then $xy$ is a unit with $(xy)^{-1}=y^{-1}x^{-1}$. But if $xy$ is a unit, does it necessarily follow that $x$ and $y$ are units?
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Ring with 10 elements is isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}/10 \mathbb{Z} $

How do I prove that a finite ring $R$ of order 10 is isomorphic to the ring $\mathbb{Z}/10 \mathbb{Z}$? I know that as a group under addition, $(R,+)$ is isomorphic to the group $(\mathbb{Z}/10 ...