# Tagged Questions

This tag is for questions about rings, which are a type of algebraic structure studied in abstract algebra and algebraic number theory.

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### Why is $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-n}], n\ge 3$ 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 a 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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### 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 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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### Find all subrings Of $\mathbb{Z}^2$

This may be a simple question: Find all subrings of $\mathbb{Z}^2$.
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### Maximal ideal in the ring of continuous functions from $\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$

Well, the problem I'm trying to solve is this: Let $A$ be the ring of all continuous functions from $\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$. Show that $M = \{f \in A: f(0)=0\}$ is a maximal ideal of $A$. I ...
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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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### Are all simple left modules over a simple left artinian ring isomorphic?

I've a basic question. $R$ is a simple left artinian ring. I want to show that all simple left $R$-modules are isomorphic. A simple $R$-module $M$ is isomorphic to $R/J$ where $J$ is a maximal ...
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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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### 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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### Proving a commutative ring can be embedded in any quotient ring.

Here's the exercise, as quoted from B.L. van der Waerden's Algebra, Show that any commutative ring $\mathfrak{R}$ (with or without a zero divisor) can be embedded in a ''quotient ring" consisting ...
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### for any ring $A$ the matrix ring $M_n(A)$ is simple if and only if $A$ is simple

Let integer $n\geq 1$. I have obtained that for any field $k$, the matrix ring $M_n(k)$ is simple, i.e., $M_n(k)$ contains no nonzero proper two sided ideals. Now I want to prove that: for any ring $A$...
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### $1+a$ and $1-a$ in a ring are invertible if $a$ is nilpotent [duplicate]

Let $(A, +, \cdot)$ be a ring with $1$. An element $a\in A$ is nilpotent if there exists $n\in \mathbb{N}$ so that $a^n=0$. Show that if $a$ is nilpotent then $1+a$ and $1-a$ are invertible.
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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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### 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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### Why is ring addition commutative?

What is the motivation behind axiomatically forcing the underpinning group of a ring to be abelian? Noncommutative rings are vastly more complex than commutative ones, so I am assuming that allowing ...
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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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### 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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### Localization in a ring

I am having trouble with the following problem. Let $R$ be an integral domain, and let $a \in R$ be a non-zero element. Let $D = \{1, a, a^2, ...\}$. I need to show that $R_D \cong R[x]/(ax-1)$. ...
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### Kaplansky's theorem of infinitely many right inverses in monoids?

There's a theorem of Kaplansky that states that if an element $u$ of a ring has more than one right inverse, then it in fact has infinitely many. I could prove this by assuming $v$ is a right inverse, ...
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### If $R$ is a commutative ring with identity, and $a, b\in R$ are divisible by each other, is it true that they must be associates?

My problem is: If $R$ is a commutative ring with identity, and $a, b\in R$ are divisible by each other, is it true that they must be associates? Here, $a$ being divisible by $b$ means there ...
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### Is $\mathbb{Z}[x]$ a principal ideal domain?

Is $\mathbb{Z}[x]$ a principal ideal domain? Since the standard definition of principal ideal domain is quite difficult to use. Could you give me some equivalent conditions on whether a ring is a ...
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