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1 CHAPTER I Rings 1.1 Definitions and Examples Definition A ring R is a set with two binary operations, addition + and multiplication satisfying the following conditions for all a, b, c in R : (i) R is an abelian group under addition. (ii) R is a semigroup under multiplication (ie. a(bc) = (ab)c) (iii) a(b + c) = ab + ac and (b + c)a = ba + ca. Definition A ring R is commutative if ab = ba for all a, b R. A ring R with identity is a ring R with an element denoted 1 0 satisfying a 1 = a = 1 a for all a R {0}. Example (i) C, R, Q and Z are commutative rings with identity under usual additions and multiplications. (ii) The integers modulo n, Z n, is a commutative rings with identity under addition and multiplication modulo n. (iii) For a ring R, M n (R), the set of n n matrices whose entries are in R, is a noncommutative ring under matrices addition and multiplication. (iv) Let F(R) be the set of all functions from R into R equipped with the operations of pointwise addition and pointwise multiplication :

2 2 For each f, g F(R), f + g : R R and fg : R R are defined by (f + g)(x) = f(x) + g(x) for all x R, and fg(x) = f(x)g(x) for all x R. Then F(R) is a commutative ring with identity I defined by I(x) = 1 for all x R (v) Let H = {a + bi + cj + dk a, b, c, d R}. Then H is a ring, called the quaternion ring where addition is defined componentwise by (a 1 +b 1 i+c 1 j+d 1 k)+(a 2 +b 2 i+c 2 j+d 2 k) = (a 1 +a 2 )+(b 1 +b 2 )i+(c 1 +c 2 )j+(d 1 +d 2 )k and multiplication is defined by expanding (a 1 + b 1 i + c 1 j + d 1 k)(a 2 + b 2 i + c 2 j + d 2 k) using the distributive law and simplifying using the relations i 2 = j 2 = k 2 = 1, and ij = ji = k, jk = kj = i, ki = ik = j It can be show that each nonzero element a + bi + cj + dk H is invertible where (a + bi + cj + dk) 1 = 1 (a bi cj dk). a 2 + b 2 + c 2 + d2 Remark. Let a be an element of a ring R. An additive inverse of a is denoted a and a + ( b) is denoted a b. A multiplicative inverse of a (if exists) is denoted a 1.

3 3 1.2 Properties of Rings The following expression follow from the fact that R is an abelian group under addition : For each a, b R and m, n Z (i) 0a = 0, 1a = 1and ( 1)a = a. (Here 0, 1 and 1 are integers) (ii) (m + n)a = ma + na (iii) n(a + b) = na + nb (iv) m(na) = (mn)a. Theorem Let a, b and c be elements of a ring R. Then (i) a 0 = 0 = 0 a (ii) a( b) = (ab) = ( a)b. In particular, a( a) = a 2 = ( a)a. (iii) ( a)( b) = ab (iv) a(b c) = ab ac and (b c)a = ba ca (v) (ma)(nb) = mn(ab) for all m, n Z. If, in addition, R has an identity 1, then (v) ( 1)a = a (vi) ( 1)( 1) = 1. Definition A subset S of a ring R is a subring of R if S is a ring with the operations of R. Theorem Let S be a nonempty subset of a ring R. Then S is a subring of R iff a b and ab are in S for all a, b in S. Example (i) For each positive integer n, nz is a subring of Z. (ii) Z[i] = {a + bi a, b Z} is a subring of C, called the rings of Gaussian integers.

4 4 1.3 Integral Domains and Fields Definition Let R be a ring. x R {0} is called a left (right) zerodivisor if there is y R {0} such that xy = 0 (yx = 0). x is called a zerodivisor if x is a left or right zero-divisor. Remark. Every subring of an integral domain (entire ring) is an integral domain (entire ring). Definition A ring with identity is an entire ring if it has no zero-divisor. A commutative entire ring is called an integral domain (equiv. ab = 0 a = 0 or b = 0) Example (i) Z, Q, R and C are integral domains. (ii) Z[i] is an integral domain. Theorem Let D be an integral domain and a, b, c D. If ab = ac and a 0, then b = c. Definition Let x and y be elements of a commutative ring R with 1. x is said to be a divisor y (or x divides y), denoted x y if there is q R with y = xq. In this case y is said to be a multiple of x. Proposition Let R be a commutative ring with 1 and x, y, z R. (i) If x y and y z, then x z. (ii) If x y and x z, then x my + nz for all m, n in R. Definition Let R be a ring with 1. An element u in R is called an unit if there exists v R such that uv = 1 = vu. v is then called the inverse of u, denoted u 1.

5 5 Remark. If R is a commutative ring with 1, then u is a unit if and only if u 1. Theorem Let x and y be nonzero elements of an integral domain D. Then x y and y x if and only if x = uy for some unit u in D. Theorem Let R be a commutative ring with 1. Then the set of all units of R, denoted U(R), forms a group under multiplication of R. It is called the group of units of R. Definition A ring with 1 is called a division ring if every nonzero element is a unit. A commutative division ring is called a field. Remark. Every field is an integral domain. Theorem A finite integral domain is a field. Theorem Z p is a field if and only if p is a prime. 1.4 Characteristic of a Ring Definition Let R be a ring. If there is a positive integer n such that nx = 0 for all x R, then the smallest such integer is called the characteristic of R. if no such positive integer exists, we say that R has characteristic 0. The characteristic of R is denoted char R. Example char(z) = 0 2. char(z n ) = n.

6 6 Theorem Let R be a ring with 1. Then (i) Let k N. Then kr = 0 if and only if k1 = 0. (ii) If 1 has order n under addition, then char R = n. If 1 has infinite order addition, then char R = 0 (iii) If char R = n > 0, then kr = 0 if and only if n divides k. (iv) If char R = 0, then kr = 0 if and only if k = 0. Theorem The characteristic of an integral domain is 0 or prime. 1.5 Ideals and Quotient Ring Definition Let I be a subring of R. I is called a left ideal of R if RI I (ie. ra I r R, a I), a right ideal of R if IR I, an (two sided) ideal if RI I and IR I. Definition Let X be a nonempty subset of a ring R. The smallest ideal of R containing X, denoted X, is called the ideal of R generated by X. Theorem A nonempty set I of a ring R is an ideal if and only if (i) a b I for all a, b I, and (ii) ra and ar I for all r R, a I. Theorem Let A be a subring of a ring R. The set R /A = {r +A r R} is a ring under the operations (r 1 + A) + (r 2 + A) = (r 1 + r 2 ) + A, and (r 1 + A) (r 2 + A) = r 1 r 2 + A if and only if A is an ideal of R. Definition Let I be an ideal of a ring R. The ring R /I in Theorem is called the quotient ring (or factor ring of R by I).

7 7 Remark. The quotient ring R /I is commutative if R is commutative. If R has the identity 1, then the identity of R /I is 1 + I. Definition Let P be an ideal of a commutative ring R with 1. P is called a prime ideal if P R and P has the property : If ab P, then a P or b P. Theorem Let R be a commutative ring with 1 and P R be an ideal of R. Then P is a prime ideal if and only if R /P is an integral domain. Definition An ideal M in a ring R ia called a maximal ideal of R if M R and there is no ideal which lies between M and R (ie. If I is an ideal of R and M I R, then I = M or I = R). Theorem Let I be an ideal of a ring R. Then J is an ideal of R /I if and only if J = J /I for some ideal J of R with J I. Theorem Let I R be an ideal of R. Then I is maximal in R if and only if I and R /I are the only ideals in R /I. Theorem Let R be a commutative ring with 1. Then R is a field if and only if {0} and R are the only ideal of R. Theorem Let M R be an ideal of a commutative ring with 1. Then M is a maximal if and only if R /M is a field. Corollary Every maximal ideal of a commutative ring with 1 is a prime ideal.

8 8 1.6 Fields of Fractions Each rational number can be represented as a fraction of two integers in many different ways, under the rule a b = c if and only if ad = bc. d The fraction a in a representative of the equivalence class containing the ordered b pair (a, b) of integers under the equivalence relation defined on Z Z by (a, b) (c, d) if and only if ad = bc. The set of the rational numbers Q is a field under the addition and multiplication defined by a b + c ad + bc =, and d bc a b c d = ac bd. Any nonzero integer m, identified with the class m, now has an inverse under 1 multiplication 1 m in Q. In this way the integral domain Z can be considered as a subring of Q. Moreover Q is the smallest field containing Z in the sense that any field containing an isomorphic copy of Z in which all nonzero integers are units must contain an isomorphic copy of Q. The next theorem gives a generalization for the idea of the smallest field containing an integral domain. Theorem Let R be an integral domain. Define a relation on S = R (R {0}) by (r 1, s 1 ) (r 2, s 2 ) r 1 s 2 = r 2 s 1. Then (i) is an equivalence relation on S. (ii) Q(R) = S / is a field under the following addition and multiplication : [(r 1, s 1 )] + [(r 2, s 2 )] = [(r 1 s 2 + r 2 s 1, s 1 s 2 )], [(r 1, s 1 )] [(r 2, s 2 )] = [(r 1 r 2, s 1 s 2 )].

9 9 (iii) Q(R) is the smallest field containing R in the sense that any field containing an isomorphic copy of R in which all nonzero elements of R are units must contain an isomorphic copy of Q(R). Definition The field in Theorem is called the field of fractions or quotient field of R. The equivalence class containing (r, s), [(r, s)] will be denoted by r s.

10 CHAPTER II Ring Isomorphism Theorems 2.1 Ring and Homomorphisms Definition Let R and S be rings. A mapping f : R S is called a ring homomorphism if f(x + y) = f(x) + f(y), and f(xy) = f(x)f(y) for all x, y R. The kernel of f, denoted ker f is the set ker f = {x R f(x) = 0}. Theorem Let f : R S be a ring homomorphism. Then (i) f(0) = 0. (ii) f(kr) = kf(r) for all r R, k Z. (iii) f(r n ) = (f(r)) n for all r R, n N. (iv) If u U(R), then f(u k ) = (f(u)) k for all k Z. (v) If T is a subring of R, then f[t ] is a subring of S. In particular, Im f is a subring of S. (vi) If S is a subring of S, then f 1 [S ] is a subring of R. In particular, ker f is a subring of R. Theorem Let f : R S be a ring homomorphism. Then f is an injection if and only if ker f = {0}.

11 11 Definition A ring homomorphism f : R S is called a ring isomorphism if f is a bijection. In this case R and S is said to be isomorphic, denoted R = S. Theorem (The First Isomorphism Theorem.) Let f : R S be a ring homomorphism. Then (i) ker f is an ideal of R, and (ii) R /ker f = Imf. Theorem (The Second Isomorphism Theorem.) Let S be a subring of R and I be an ideal of R. Then (i) S + I is a subring of R (ii) S I is an ideal of S, and (iii) S + I /I = S/S I Theorem (The Third Isomorphism Theorem.) Let I and A be ideals of R and I A. Then A /I is an ideal of R /I and R /A = (R/I )/(A /I ). Theorem Let R be a ring with 1. Then mapping φ : Z R defined by φ(n) = n1 for all n Z is a ring homomorphism. Moreover, Z /kerφ = S where S is the subring of R generated by 1. Corollary Let R be a ring with 1. (i) If char R = n > 0, then R contains a subring isomorphic to Z n. (ii) If char R = 0, then R contains a subring isomorphic to Z. Corollary Let F be a field. (i) If char F = p, then F contains a subfield isomorphic to Z p. (ii) If char F = 0, then F contains a subfield isomorphic to Q.

12 CHAPTER III Factorization in Integral Domains 3.1 Divisibility Throughout this chapter D denote an integral domain. Definition Let D be an integral domain and x, y D. We say that x divides y, denoted x y if y = xq for some q D. Theorem Let a, b be elements of an integral domain D. Then TFAE : (i) a b and b a (ii) a = ub for some unit u in D (iii) Ra = Rb. Definition Let a, b D. a and b are said to be associated, denoted a b if a = ub for some unit u in D. Theorem is an equivalence relation on D and the equivalence class of a in D is [a] = {ua u is a unit in D}. Definition Let D be an integral domain and a, b D. A greatest common divisor of a and b is an element d which satisfies: (i) d a and d b, and (ii) if d 1 a and d 1 b, then d 1 d. A least common multiple of a and b is an element m which satisfies:

13 13 (i) a m and b m, and (ii) if a m 1 and b m 1, then m m 1. Theorem Let D be an integral domain and a, b D. (i) If d and d 1 are gcd s of a and b, then d and d 1 are associated. (ii) If m and m 1 are lcm s of a and b, then m and m 1 are associated. Theorem Let D be an integral domain. If Ra + Rb = Rc, then c = gcd(a, b). Definition An element p in D is called a prime in D if (i) p 0 and p is not a unit. (ii) if p ab, then p a or p b. Definition An element a in D is said to be irreducible in D if (i) a 0 and a is not a unit. (ii) If a = bc, then b or c is a unit in R. 3.2 Unique factorization Domains Definition A Unique Factorization Domain (UFD) is an integral domain D in which every nonzero nonunit element a D has the following factorization properties: (i) a is a (finite) product of irreducible elements of D, and (ii) the decomposition of (i) is unique up to associates, namely if a = p 1 p 2... p m = q 1 q 2... q n where p i, q j are irreducible, then m = n and there is a reordering q j1,... q jm of q 1,... q m such that p i and q ji are associated.

14 14 Definition Let D be an integral domain. Define an equivalence relation on the set of irreducible elements of D by a b a and b are associated. Then a set of representative irreducible elements of D is a set which contains exactly one irreducible element from each equivalence class. Theorem Let D be an integral domain and P be a set of representative irreducible elements of R. Then TFAE : (i) D is a UFD. (ii) Every nonzero nonunit element of R can be expressed uniquely (up to ordering) as a = up α 1 1 p α k k, where u is a unit k 0, α 1, α k > 0 and p 1,..., p k are distinct elements of P.

15 CHAPTER IV Polynomial Rings 4.1 Polynomial Rings Definition Let R be a ring and a indeterminate x / R. The polynomial ring R[x] consists of the set of all expression of the form : f(x) = a 0 + a 1 x a n x n with n 0 and each a i R and addition and multiplication defined as follows : For f(x) = a 0 +a 1 x+...+a n x n and g(x) = b 0 + b 1 x b m x m, with a n 0, b m 0 and n m, m f(x) + g(x) = (a i + b i )x i i=0 ( n+m k ) f(x) g(x) = a i b k i k=0 i=0 An element f(x) in R[x] is called a polynomial over R. Let f(x) = a 0 + a 1 x + + a n x n with a n 0. a n is called the leading coefficient of f(x). The degree of f(x), denoted deg f(x), is defined to be n and deg 0 is. f(x) is said to be monic if a n = 1. f(x) is a non-constant polynomial if deg f(x) 1. x k Theorem Let R be a ring and f(x), g(x) R[x]. Then (i) deg (f(x) + g(x)) max {deg f(x), deg g(x)}. (ii) deg (f(x)g(x)) deg f(x) + deg g(x). Theorem Let R be an integral domain (entire ring) and f(x), g(x) R[x]. Then

16 16 (i) deg (f(x)g(x)) = deg f(x)+ deg g(x) for all f(x), g(x) R[x] {0}. (ii) R[x] is an integral domain (entire ring). (iii) U(R[x]) = U(R). Definition The polynomial ring in the variables x 1, x 2,..., x n with coefficients in R is denoted by R[x 1,..., x n ] and defined inductively by R[x 1, x 2,..., x n 1 ][x n ]. Theorem (Division Algorithm). Let R be a ring with 1 (not necessary commutative). Let f(x) be a monic polynomial of degree n in R[x]. Then for any g(x) R[x], there exist unique polynomials q(x) and r(x) in R[x] satisfying (i) g(x) = f(x)q(x) + r(x). (ii) deg r(x) < n. Theorem Let R be a commutative ring with 1, a R and f(x) R[x]. Then (i) There exists g(x) R[x] such that f(x) = (x a)g(x) + f(a). (ii) (x a) f(x) if and only if f(a) = 0. Definition Let f(x) R[x] and a R. Then a is called a root of f(x) if f(a) = 0. The root a of f(x) is said to have multiplicity m 1 if f(x) = (x a) m g(x), where g(a) 0. Theorem Let R be an integral domain and f(x) R[x] {0}. (i) If a 1, a 2,..., a k are distinct roots of f(x), then (x a 1 )(x a 2 ) (x a k ) f(x). (ii) f(x) has at most n root in R if deg f(x) = n.

17 Factorization of Polynomials over a Field Definition Let F be a field and p(x) F [x]. p(x) is said to be irreducible if : (i) deg p(x) 1 (ii) p(x) = f(x)g(x) in F [x] implies deg f(x) = 0 or deg g(x) = 0 p(x) is reducible if it is not irreducible. Theorem Let F be a field and p(x) F [x]. (i) If p(x) is irreducible and deg p(x) 2, then p(x) has no root in F. (ii) If deg p(x) = 2 or 3, then p(x) is irreducible if and only if it has no root in F. Theorem For a field F, F [x] is a Euclidean domain. Theorem For a field F, F [x] is a PID. Theorem Let F be a field and p(x) F [x]. Then p(x) is a maximal ideal if and only if p(x) is irreducible. 4.3 Factorization of Polynomials over Q Definition The content of f(x) = a 0 + a 1 x a n x n Z[x] {0} is the greatest common divisor of a 0, a 1,..., a n If the content is 1, f(x) is said to be primitive. Lemma If f(x) and g(x) are primitive polynomials in Z[x], then f(x)g(x) is primitive. Theorem (Gauss s Lemma) Let f(x) be a primitive polynomial. If f(x) = g(x)h(x) where g(x), h(x) Q[x], then f(x) = s(x)r(x) for some s(x), r(x) Z[x].

18 18 Theorem (Eisenstein Criterion). Let f(x) = a 0 + a 1 x a n x n be a polynomial in Z[x]. Assume that there is a prime p such that (i) p a i for all i, 0 i < n (ii) p a n and p 2 a 0. Then f(x) is irreducible over Q[x].

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