Central Idempotent
In ring theory, a branch of abstract algebra, an idempotent element or simply idempotent of a ring is an element ''a'' such that . That is, the element is idempotent under the ring's multiplication. Inductively then, one can also conclude that for any positive integer ''n''. For example, an idempotent element of a matrix ring is precisely an idempotent matrix. For general rings, elements idempotent under multiplication are involved in decompositions of modules, and connected to homological properties of the ring. In Boolean algebra, the main objects of study are rings in which all elements are idempotent under both addition and multiplication. Examples Quotients of Z One may consider the ring of integers modulo ''n'' where ''n'' is squarefree. By the Chinese remainder theorem, this ring factors into the product of rings of integers modulo ''p'' where ''p'' is prime. Now each of these factors is a field, so it is clear that the factors' only idempotents will be 0 and ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Ring Theory
In algebra, ring theory is the study of rings—algebraic structures in which addition and multiplication are defined and have similar properties to those operations defined for the integers. Ring theory studies the structure of rings, their representations, or, in different language, modules, special classes of rings (group rings, division rings, universal enveloping algebras), as well as an array of properties that proved to be of interest both within the theory itself and for its applications, such as homological properties and polynomial identities. Commutative rings are much better understood than noncommutative ones. Algebraic geometry and algebraic number theory, which provide many natural examples of commutative rings, have driven much of the development of commutative ring theory, which is now, under the name of ''commutative algebra'', a major area of modern mathematics. Because these three fields (algebraic geometry, algebraic number theory and commutative algebra) ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Quotient Ring
In ring theory, a branch of abstract algebra, a quotient ring, also known as factor ring, difference ring or residue class ring, is a construction quite similar to the quotient group in group theory and to the quotient space in linear algebra. It is a specific example of a quotient, as viewed from the general setting of universal algebra. Starting with a ring and a twosided ideal in , a new ring, the quotient ring , is constructed, whose elements are the cosets of in subject to special and operations. (Only the fraction slash "/" is used in quotient ring notation, not a horizontal fraction bar.) Quotient rings are distinct from the socalled "quotient field", or field of fractions, of an integral domain as well as from the more general "rings of quotients" obtained by localization. Formal quotient ring construction Given a ring and a twosided ideal in , we may define an equivalence relation on as follows: : if and only if is in . Using the ideal properties, ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Division Ring
In algebra, a division ring, also called a skew field, is a nontrivial ring in which division by nonzero elements is defined. Specifically, it is a nontrivial ring in which every nonzero element has a multiplicative inverse, that is, an element usually denoted , such that . So, (right) ''division'' may be defined as , but this notation is avoided, as one may have . A commutative division ring is a field. Wedderburn's little theorem asserts that all finite division rings are commutative and therefore finite fields. Historically, division rings were sometimes referred to as fields, while fields were called "commutative fields". In some languages, such as French, the word equivalent to "field" ("corps") is used for both commutative and noncommutative cases, and the distinction between the two cases is made by adding qualificatives such as "corps commutatif" (commutative field) or "corps gauche" (skew field). All division rings are simple. That is, they have no twosided ideal b ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Schur's Lemma
In mathematics, Schur's lemma is an elementary but extremely useful statement in representation theory of groups and algebras. In the group case it says that if ''M'' and ''N'' are two finitedimensional irreducible representations of a group ''G'' and ''φ'' is a linear map from ''M'' to ''N'' that commutes with the action of the group, then either ''φ'' is invertible, or ''φ'' = 0. An important special case occurs when ''M'' = ''N'', i.e. ''φ'' is a selfmap; in particular, any element of the center of a group must act as a scalar operator (a scalar multiple of the identity) on ''M''. The lemma is named after Issai Schur who used it to prove the Schur orthogonality relations and develop the basics of the representation theory of finite groups. Schur's lemma admits generalisations to Lie groups and Lie algebras, the most common of which are due to Jacques Dixmier and Daniel Quillen. Representation theory of groups Representation theory is the study of homomorp ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Simple Module
In mathematics, specifically in ring theory, the simple modules over a ring ''R'' are the (left or right) modules over ''R'' that are nonzero and have no nonzero proper submodules. Equivalently, a module ''M'' is simple if and only if every cyclic submodule generated by a element of ''M'' equals ''M''. Simple modules form building blocks for the modules of finite length, and they are analogous to the simple groups in group theory. In this article, all modules will be assumed to be right unital modules over a ring ''R''. Examples Zmodules are the same as abelian groups, so a simple Zmodule is an abelian group which has no nonzero proper subgroups. These are the cyclic groups of prime order. If ''I'' is a right ideal of ''R'', then ''I'' is simple as a right module if and only if ''I'' is a minimal nonzero right ideal: If ''M'' is a nonzero proper submodule of ''I'', then it is also a right ideal, so ''I'' is not minimal. Conversely, if ''I'' is not minimal, then ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Local Ring
In abstract algebra, more specifically ring theory, local rings are certain rings that are comparatively simple, and serve to describe what is called "local behaviour", in the sense of functions defined on varieties or manifolds, or of algebraic number fields examined at a particular place, or prime. Local algebra is the branch of commutative algebra that studies commutative local rings and their modules. In practice, a commutative local ring often arises as the result of the localization of a ring at a prime ideal. The concept of local rings was introduced by Wolfgang Krull in 1938 under the name ''Stellenringe''. The English term ''local ring'' is due to Zariski. Definition and first consequences A ring ''R'' is a local ring if it has any one of the following equivalent properties: * ''R'' has a unique maximal left ideal. * ''R'' has a unique maximal right ideal. * 1 ≠ 0 and the sum of any two non units in ''R'' is a nonunit. * 1 ≠ 0 and if ''x'' is any elem ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Submodule
In mathematics, a module is a generalization of the notion of vector space in which the field of scalars is replaced by a ring. The concept of ''module'' generalizes also the notion of abelian group, since the abelian groups are exactly the modules over the ring of integers. Like a vector space, a module is an additive abelian group, and scalar multiplication is distributive over the operation of addition between elements of the ring or module and is compatible with the ring multiplication. Modules are very closely related to the representation theory of groups. They are also one of the central notions of commutative algebra and homological algebra, and are used widely in algebraic geometry and algebraic topology. Introduction and definition Motivation In a vector space, the set of scalars is a field and acts on the vectors by scalar multiplication, subject to certain axioms such as the distributive law. In a module, the scalars need only be a ring, so the module ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Zero Module
In algebra, the zero object of a given algebraic structure is, in the sense explained below, the simplest object of such structure. As a set it is a singleton, and as a magma has a trivial structure, which is also an abelian group. The aforementioned abelian group structure is usually identified as addition, and the only element is called zero, so the object itself is typically denoted as . One often refers to ''the'' trivial object (of a specified category) since every trivial object is isomorphic to any other (under a unique isomorphism). Instances of the zero object include, but are not limited to the following: * As a group, the zero group or trivial group. * As a ring, the zero ring or trivial ring. * As an algebra over a field or algebra over a ring, the trivial algebra. * As a module (over a ring ), the zero module. The term trivial module is also used, although it may be ambiguous, as a ''trivial Gmodule'' is a Gmodule with a trivial action. * As a vector spa ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Direct Sum Of Modules
In abstract algebra, the direct sum is a construction which combines several modules into a new, larger module. The direct sum of modules is the smallest module which contains the given modules as submodules with no "unnecessary" constraints, making it an example of a coproduct. Contrast with the direct product, which is the dual notion. The most familiar examples of this construction occur when considering vector spaces (modules over a field) and abelian groups (modules over the ring Z of integers). The construction may also be extended to cover Banach spaces and Hilbert spaces. See the article decomposition of a module for a way to write a module as a direct sum of submodules. Construction for vector spaces and abelian groups We give the construction first in these two cases, under the assumption that we have only two objects. Then we generalize to an arbitrary family of arbitrary modules. The key elements of the general construction are more clearly identified by consi ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Indecomposable Module
In abstract algebra, a module is indecomposable if it is nonzero and cannot be written as a direct sum of two nonzero submodules. Jacobson (2009), p. 111. Indecomposable is a weaker notion than simple module (which is also sometimes called irreducible module): simple means "no proper submodule" N < M, while indecomposable "not expressible as $N\; \backslash oplus\; P\; =\; M$". A direct sum of indecomposables is called completely decomposable; this is weaker than being semisimple, which is a direct sum of simple modules. A direct sum decomposition of a module into indecomposable modules is called an indecomposa ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Center (ring Theory)
In algebra, the center of a ring ''R'' is the subring consisting of the elements ''x'' such that ''xy = yx'' for all elements ''y'' in ''R''. It is a commutative ring and is denoted as Z(R); "Z" stands for the German word ''Zentrum'', meaning "center". If ''R'' is a ring, then ''R'' is an associative algebra over its center. Conversely, if ''R'' is an associative algebra over a commutative subring ''S'', then ''S'' is a subring of the center of ''R'', and if ''S'' happens to be the center of ''R'', then the algebra ''R'' is called a central algebra. Examples *The center of a commutative ring ''R'' is ''R'' itself. *The center of a skewfield is a field. *The center of the (full) matrix ring with entries in a commutative ring ''R'' consists of ''R''scalar multiples of the identity matrix. *Let ''F'' be a field extension of a field ''k'', and ''R'' an algebra over ''k''. Then Z\left(R \otimes_k F\right) = Z(R) \otimes_k F. *The center of the universal enveloping algebra of a Lie ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 

Ring (mathematics)
In mathematics, rings are algebraic structures that generalize fields: multiplication need not be commutative and multiplicative inverses need not exist. In other words, a ''ring'' is a set equipped with two binary operations satisfying properties analogous to those of addition and multiplication of integers. Ring elements may be numbers such as integers or complex numbers, but they may also be nonnumerical objects such as polynomials, square matrices, functions, and power series. Formally, a ''ring'' is an abelian group whose operation is called ''addition'', with a second binary operation called ''multiplication'' that is associative, is distributive over the addition operation, and has a multiplicative identity element. (Some authors use the term " " with a missing i to refer to the more general structure that omits this last requirement; see .) Whether a ring is commutative (that is, whether the order in which two elements are multiplied might change the result ... [...More Info...] [...Related Items...] OR: [Wikipedia] [Google] [Baidu] 