# Questions tagged [roots-of-unity]

numbers $z$ such that $z^n=1$ for some natural number $n$; here usually $z$ is in $\mathbb C$ or some other field

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### If $A^{2016} = I_n$, show that $A^{576} - A^{288} + I_n$ is invertible, and calculate it's inverse in terms of $A$.

Let $A$ be a real valued $n \times n$ matrix,where $n \geq 2$, such that $A^{2016} =I_n.$ Show that the matrix $B = A^{576} - A^{288} + I_n$ is invertible, and calculate it's inverse in terms of $A$. ...
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### Another Roots of Unity Sum

I almost see a brute-force attack on this problem, but before messing with the details I wonder there is some theory here, or at least a nice way to group the terms so I can see the cancellation. Let ...
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### Direct product decomposition of the group of complex roots of unity

I'm studying $p$-adic numbers (Robert's "A course in $p$-adic analysis) and, at page 41, the author states that, for every prime $p$, the group $\mu$ of all complex roots of unity has a direct product ...
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### $a_i$ are the n-th roots of $1\in\mathbb{C}$, why does $(1-a_2)\cdot…\cdot(1-a_n)=n$?

For $1<i\leq n$, let $a_i$ be the n-th roots of $1\in\mathbb{C}$, why does $(1-a_2)\cdot...\cdot(1-a_n)=n$?
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### Find a number field whose unit group is isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}/4\mathbb{Z} \times \mathbb{Z}$

Find a number field whose unit group is isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}/4\mathbb{Z} \times \mathbb{Z}.$ I'm trying to use Dirichlet's Unit Theorem to solve this problem. It states that if $K$ is a number ...
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