# Ideals and prime ideals in a commutative ring. [closed]

Let $A_1$ and $A_2$ be two ideals, and $P_1$ and $P_2$ be two prime ideals in a commutative ring $R$. Assume that $A_1 ∩ A_2 ⊆ P_1 ∩ P_2$. Is there at least an $i$ and $j$ such that $A_i ⊆ P_j$ is true?

## closed as off-topic by Davide Giraudo, Magdiragdag, M Turgeon, colormegone, apnortonMay 1 '14 at 0:17

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• I wonder what is unclear with this post that makes it to be put on hold as off-topic. I'm just trying to be as concrete an concise as possible. – Joakim von Anka May 1 '14 at 8:12
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• You can even say that $A_1\subseteq P_1$ or $A_2\subseteq P_1$. Since $P_1\cap P_2\subseteq P_1$, your hypothesis implies $A_1\cap A_2\subseteq P_1$ and, in turn, this implies $A_1A_2\subseteq P_1$. Now, if $P$ is a prime ideal, $I$ and $J$ are ideals and $IJ\subseteq P$, then …. In other words, $P_2$ is just a distraction. – egreg May 10 '14 at 8:41

Suppose $A_1 \not\subseteq P_1$ and $A_2 \not\subseteq P_1$, then $\exists x_i \in A_i$ such that $x_i \not\in P_1$. So $x_1x_2 \not\in P_1$, but $x_1x_2 \in A_1A_2 \subseteq A_1 \cap A_2$. Contradiction.