Let $R$ be the ring $\Bbb C[x]/(x^2+1)$. Pick the correct statements from below:

  1. $\dim_\Bbb C R=3$.
  2. $R$ has exactly two prime ideals.
  3. $R$ is a UFD.
  4. $(x)$ is a maximal ideal of $R$.

First option is wrong as the dimension of $R$ over $\Bbb C$ is $2$. For $3$rd option, $\Bbb C[x]/(x^2+1)$ is isomorphic to $\Bbb C×\Bbb C$. But $\Bbb C× \Bbb C$ is not a UFD. Hence 3 is wrong. Is my justification for $3$rd option right? I don't know how to find the ideals of quotient ring. Please help me in understanding second and fourth option.

  • $\begingroup$ 4. $x^2+1=0$ in $R$, so $x$ is invertible and hence $(x)=R$. $\endgroup$ – user26857 Apr 15 '19 at 21:29

As you said $$R=\mathbb C[x]/(x^2+1)\cong\mathbb C[x]/(x-i)\times\mathbb C[x]/(x+i)\cong \mathbb C\times\mathbb C$$


  1. $R/P$ is an integral domain $\iff P$ is a prime ideal
  2. $R/P$ is a field $\iff P$ is a maximal ideal

For $R$ to be field or integral domain you need to define a map $$R/P\rightarrow \mathbb C$$ This is accomplished by either one of the projections:

  1. $(z,w)\mapsto z$
  2. $(z,w)\mapsto w$

Which corresponds to the prime (and maximal) ideals $(x+i), (x-i)$.


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