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A short proof for $\dim(R[T])=\dim(R)+1$?

If $R$ is a commutative ring, it is easy to prove $\dim(R[T]) \geq \dim(R)+1$. For noetherian $R$, we have equality. Every proof I'm aware of uses quite a bit of commutative algebra and non-trivial ...
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Classification of local Artin (commutative) rings which are finite over an algebraically closed field.

A result in deformation theory states that if every morphism $Y=\operatorname{Spec}(A)\rightarrow X$ where $A$ is a local Artin ring finite over $k$ can be extended to every $Y'\supset Y$ where $Y'$ ...
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Semirings induced by symmetric monoidal categories with finite coproducts

A symmetric monoidal category with finite coproducts is by definition a symmetric monoidal category $(\mathcal{C},\otimes,1,\dotsc)$ such that the underlying category $\mathcal{C}$ has finite ...
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Ring structure on the Galois group of a finite field

Let $F$ be a finite field. There is an isomorphism of topological groups $(\mathrm{Gal}(\overline{F}/F),\circ) \cong (\widehat{\mathbb{Z}},+)$. It follows that the Galois group carries the structure ...
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Tensoring is thought as both restricting and extending?

I hope these questions are not too trivial. Let $I$ be an ideal in $R$. Write $I'\subseteq R[t]$. Then the notion of tensoring $$ (R[t]/I')\otimes_{\,\mathbb{C}[t]} \mathbb{C}[t]/\langle t-c ...
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Rings satisfying “for all $a \neq 0$, there is nonunit $b$ with $a+b$ a unit”

Consider the following condition on a ring: For every nonzero $a$, there is a nonunit $b$ with the property that $a+b$ is a unit. Observe that if $a$ is already a unit, then $b=0$ will do just ...
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Is this matrix decomposition possible?

Given a $2\times2$ matrix $S$ with entries in $\mathbb{Z}$ or $\mathbb{Q}$ , when is it possible to write $S=\frac{1}{3}(ABC+CAB+BCA)$ such that $A+B+C=0$, where $A, B, C$ are matrices over the same ...
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Generalizing the natural numbers - has this been studied before?

The ordinals numbers generalize the natural numbers and satisfy a generalized induction principle. However, the algebraic properties of the ordinal numbers aren't so good. For example, ordinal sums ...
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Ramification group fixing an unramified extension

For a Galois extension of local fields $L/K$ with Galois group $G$, define the ramification groups $G_i$ by $$G_i = \{ \sigma \in G : \nu_{L}(\sigma(x) - x) \geq i+1 \text{ } \forall x \in ...
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An example of a compact multiplicatively unbounded ring

My teacher asked me to build an associative topological Hausdorff compact ring $R$ with $1$, which is multiplicatively unbounded. That means there is a neighborhood $U\ni 1$ such that $FU\not=R$ for ...
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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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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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Lie algebra of Derivations as a functor?

To an associative algebra $A$ one can associate a Lie algebra $\operatorname{Der} A$ of all derivations $D:A\to A$. To any morphism of associative algebras $\alpha:A\to B$, how can one associate a ...
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Is the kernel of any ring homomorphism a subring, according to this definition?

This is an exercise taken verbatim from Birkhoff and MacLane, A Survey of Modern Algebra: Show that if $\phi: R \rightarrow R'$ is any homomorphism of rings, then the set $K$ of those elements in ...
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Artinian rings are perfect

Is there a simple way to prove that an Artinian ring is perfect? (in the commutative case)
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On the order of $\mathbb{Z}[X]/(f,g)$ and the resultant $R(f,g)$.

I suspect that $\#\mathbb{Z}[X]/(f,g)=|R(f,g)|$ holds for any two non-constant polynomials $f,g\in\mathbb{Z}[X]$, where $R(f,g)$ is the resultant of $f$ and $g$. I am however unable to prove it. I'd ...
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Is there an upper bound to the number of rings that can be obtained from a semigroup with zero by defining an additive operation?

Let $\mathscr S$ be the class of all semigroups with zero. For $(S,\times,0)\in\mathscr S,$ I want to count additive operations $+$ on $S$ such that $(S,+,\times,0)$ is a ring (possibly without ...
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Showing $\sqrt{2} \notin E.$

Let $E$ denote the least subring of $\mathbb{R}$ that is closed under the operation $r \mapsto e^r$. Then presumably, $\sqrt{2} \notin E.$ Question. How can we show this?
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Is there an online database somewhere that lists identities for algebraic structures with two binary operators?

I'm working on an abstract algebra library in Python, and I'm trying to include as many functions that analyze algebraic structures, returning true or false based on whether or not the algebra ...
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Literature to the ring $\mathbb{Z}[\phi]$ where $\phi=\frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$ is the golden ratio

I know few about algebraic number theory but recently I stumbled upon the ring $\mathbb{Z}[\phi]$ where $\phi = \frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$ is the golden ratio. It seems to be a very interesting object to ...
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When are all ring homomorphisms also algebra homomorphisms?

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, and let $A,B$ be two unitary $k$-algebras. In general, there are more ring homomorphisms $A\to B$ than there are $k$-algebra homomorphisms. More precisely, ...
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Example of a ring satisfying this variant definition of “symmetric” on nilpotent elements

I want an example to show that if $a,b$ are nilpotent elements of a ring $R$ with 1 and if $c$ is any element of $R$, then $abc=0\Rightarrow acb=0$ but $cab=0$ does not imply $acb=0$. This is unlike ...
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When are infinite dimensional path algebras hereditary

The title says mostly everything. Suppose we have a quiver, maybe with relations and cycles. Is it known when the path algebra modulo relations is hereditary. Especially in the case that the path ...
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“Evaluation Homomorphisms” for Formal Power Series

In the ring of formal power series $\Bbb R[[x]]$ it is easy to check by induction that $$ 1 = (1-x)(1 + x + x^2 + \cdots). $$ Does this derivation imply the same identity for those real or complex ...
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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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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 should ...
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System of polynomial equations over rational field

Fix $n\geq 2$. Let $p:=x_1^2+\ldots+x_{n-1}^2+1\in\mathbb{Q}[x_1,\ldots,x_{n-1}]$. Suppose $u_1,\ldots,u_n,v_1,\ldots,v_n\in\mathbb{Q}[x_1,\ldots,x_{n-1}]$ satisfy the following equations: ...
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A characterization of $M_n(\mathbb{Z})$?

I am interested in rings $R$ with the following properties: (1) $R$ is a free $\mathbb{Z}$-algebra of finite rank (2) each two-sided ideal of $R$ is generated by an integer The matrix rings ...
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Is there a simple example of a ring that satifies the DCC on two-sided ideals, but doesn't satisfy the ACC on two-sided ideals?

It follows from the Hopkins–Levitzki theorem that if a ring satisfies the DCC on left ideals, then it also satisfies the ACC on left ideals. I've been trying to find a counterexample to the following ...
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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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Relations between semi-artinian and $\pi$-regular rings

A ring $R$ [associative, with 1, not necessary commutative] is said to be right semi-artinian if every non-zero module over $R$ has a simple submodule. A ring $R$ is said to be strongly $\pi$-regular ...
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Functorial approach to Ideals and Quotients, Multiplicative Sets and Localizations

I have been playing with substructures of commutative rings today and noticed that there is a strong analogy between the formation of quotients and kernels with the formation of localizations with ...
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Condition on a field that makes every subring an integrally closed domain

I want to know what condition would need to be additionally imposed on a field to make every subring of the field an integrally closed domain.
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When does $n$-dimensional algebra have $m$-dimensional faithful representation?

Suppose we have an $n$-dimensional associative unital algebra $A$ over a field $k$ (assume $\operatorname{char}(k)=0$ and maybe even $k$ is closed). I would like to know what is the minimal ...
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$A$ a ring, ($\exists n\in\mathbb{N},n\geq 2,\ \forall x\in A$, $x^n=x$) $\Rightarrow$ A is commutative?

Let $A$ be a ring. Suppose that there exists $n\in\mathbb{N},n\geq 2$ such that $\forall x\in A,x^n=x$. Does that imply that $A$ is commutative ? I have read all the links suggested in the ...
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Isomorphism between finite fields adjoining a root

Let $p(x)=x^3+x^2+1$ and $q(x)=x^3+x+1$ be polynomials over the field $\mathbb{Z}_2$. Let $\alpha$ be a root of $p(x)$ and $\beta$ be a root of $q(x)$. Now let $K=\mathbb{Z}_2(\alpha)$ and ...
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The ring of homogeneous polynomials

I think I found an error in my textbook, but I am not completely sure. The book is Hulek, Elementary algebraic geometry, pag. 73. There is a theorem showing that $U_i$ and the affine space ...
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Chinese Remainder Theorem stuff (but more advanced, certainly derived from)

First, let $m$,$n$ be coprime. Suppose we want to find: $x\equiv y\text{ mod }m$ $x\equiv z\text{ mod }n$ As m,n are coprime $\exists a,b\in\mathbb{Z}:am+bn=1$ (GCD=1 basically) Then, for ...
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How to compute Ext over an exterior algebra

I found this question in several places (even on mathoverflow and mathstackexchange), but I never found a satisfying answer. Let $k$ be a field and $V$ a finite dimensional $k$-vectorspace, I would ...
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Are any of those quotient rings isomorphic to other well known rings?

(1) Let $C_b(\mathbb{R})$ be the ring (with pointwise multiplication and addition) of bounded continuous functions. Let $I_0=\{f_{(x)} \in C_b(\mathbb{R}) \space | \space lim_{x \to \pm ...
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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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Orbits of affine group scheme actions

Motivation Let $F$ and $K$ be distinct algebraically closed fields. Then $GL_n(F)$ acts on $M_n(F)$ by conjugation, and the nilpotent orbits of this action can be characterized by the Jordan normal ...
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Where in the proof did Herstein use the fact that $A$ is a two-sided ideal of $R$?

I'm reading Noncommutative Rings by I. N. Herstein. The theorem I'm having trouble with is 1.2.5, on page 16 of the book. Some definition 1. Regular ideal An ideal $\rho \subset R$ is called a ...
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Regular Noetherian local rings are integral domains - questions about the proof

I am reading a proof that if $(A,\mathfrak m)$ is a regular local ring, then $A$ is an integral domain. I put the major questions I'm worried about in bold, but there are a lot of little things I'm ...
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What does it mean for a ring to be unital?

What is the category of unital rings like? I only know that it no more has a terminal object. But what about the products and coproducts? Are they as usual, different or nonexistent? In Gelfand ...
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GCD in a subring is GCD in a bigger ring

Let $R$ be a UFD which is a subring of an integral domain $S$. If $r_1$ and $r_2$ are two nonzero elements of $R$ with GCD $d$, is it true that $d$ is also a GCD of $r_1$ and $r_2$ in $S$? I know ...
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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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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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An algebraic algorithm for finding inverses in the group algebra

This is an extension to my earlier question. Is there a purely algebraic algorithm to find inverses in the group algebra? For example, in the group algebra $\mathbb{C}S_{4}$, how would one go about ...
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Non-UFD that there exists set $X$ of any cardinality and $a$ that $xy$ is not divisible by $a^2$ for any $x,y \in X$ and $x^2$ is divisible by $a^2$

Let's say we want to construct a non-UFD that is a commutative ring that satisfies: There exists $a$ such that there exists a set $X$ of elements of finite cardinality $k$ such that for any $x,y \in ...