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, a branch of
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, a ring homomorphism is a structure-preserving
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between two
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. More explicitly, if ''R'' and ''S'' are rings, then a ring homomorphism is a function such that ''f'' is: :addition preserving: ::$f\left(a+b\right)=f\left(a\right)+f\left(b\right)$ for all ''a'' and ''b'' in ''R'', :multiplication preserving: ::$f\left(ab\right)=f\left(a\right)f\left(b\right)$ for all ''a'' and ''b'' in ''R'', :and unit (multiplicative identity) preserving: ::$f\left(1_R\right)=1_S$. Additive inverses and the additive identity are part of the structure too, but it is not necessary to require explicitly that they too are respected, because these conditions are consequences of the three conditions above. If in addition ''f'' is a
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''f''−1 is also a ring homomorphism. In this case, ''f'' is called a ring isomorphism, and the rings ''R'' and ''S'' are called ''isomorphic''. From the standpoint of ring theory, isomorphic rings cannot be distinguished. If ''R'' and ''S'' are rngs, then the corresponding notion is that of a rng homomorphism, defined as above except without the third condition ''f''(1''R'') = 1''S''. A rng homomorphism between (unital) rings need not be a ring homomorphism. The
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of two ring homomorphisms is a ring homomorphism. It follows that the
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of all rings forms a
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with ring homomorphisms as the
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). In particular, one obtains the notions of ring endomorphism, ring isomorphism, and ring automorphism.

# Properties

Let $f \colon R \rightarrow S$ be a ring homomorphism. Then, directly from these definitions, one can deduce: * ''f''(0''R'') = 0''S''. * ''f''(−''a'') = −''f''(''a'') for all ''a'' in ''R''. * For any
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''a'' in ''R'', ''f''(''a'') is a unit element such that . In particular, ''f'' induces a
group homomorphism In mathematics Mathematics (from Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as numbers (arithmetic and number theory), formulas and related structures (algebra), shapes and spaces in which they are contained (geometry), and quantities and ... from the (multiplicative) group of units of ''R'' to the (multiplicative) group of units of ''S'' (or of im(''f'')). * The
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of ''f'', denoted im(''f''), is a subring of ''S''. * The
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of ''f'', defined as , is an
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in ''R''. Every ideal in a ring ''R'' arises from some ring homomorphism in this way. * The homomorphism ''f'' is injective if and only if . * If there exists a ring homomorphism then the
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of ''S''
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the characteristic of ''R''. This can sometimes be used to show that between certain rings ''R'' and ''S'', no ring homomorphisms can exist. * If ''Rp'' is the smallest
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contained in ''R'' and ''Sp'' is the smallest subring contained in ''S'', then every ring homomorphism induces a ring homomorphism . * If ''R'' is a
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) and ''S'' is not the
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, then ''f'' is injective. * If both ''R'' and ''S'' are
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, then im(''f'') is a subfield of ''S'', so ''S'' can be viewed as a
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of ''R''. *If ''R'' and ''S'' are commutative and I is an ideal of ''S'' then ''f''−1(I) is an ideal of ''R''. * If ''R'' and ''S'' are commutative and ''P'' is a
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of ''S'' then ''f''−1(''P'') is a prime ideal of ''R''. *If ''R'' and ''S'' are commutative, M is a
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of ''S'', and ''f'' is surjective, then ''f''−1(M) is a maximal ideal of ''R''. * If ''R'' and ''S'' are commutative and ''S'' is an
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, then ker(''f'') is a prime ideal of ''R''. * If ''R'' and ''S'' are commutative, ''S'' is a field, and ''f'' is surjective, then ker(''f'') is a
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of ''R''. * If ''f'' is surjective, ''P'' is prime (maximal) ideal in ''R'' and , then ''f''(''P'') is prime (maximal) ideal in ''S''. Moreover, *The composition of ring homomorphisms is a ring homomorphism. *For each ring ''R'', the identity map is a ring homomorphism. *Therefore, the class of all rings together with ring homomorphisms forms a category, the
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. *The zero map sending every element of ''R'' to 0 is a ring homomorphism only if ''S'' is the
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(the ring whose only element is zero). * For every ring ''R'', there is a unique ring homomorphism . This says that the ring of integers is an
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of rings. * For every ring ''R'', there is a unique ring homomorphism from ''R'' to the zero ring. This says that the zero ring is a
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in the category of rings.

# Examples

* The function , defined by is a
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ring homomorphism with kernel ''n''Z (see
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). * The function defined by is a rng homomorphism (and rng endomorphism), with kernel 3Z6 and image 2Z6 (which is isomorphic to Z3). * There is no ring homomorphism for . * The
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. (Otherwise it fails to map 1''R'' to 1''S''.) On the other hand, the zero function is always a rng homomorphism. * If R 'X''denotes the ring of all
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s R, and C denotes the
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s . * A unital
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between unital
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s over a commutative ring ''R'' is a ring homomorphism that is also ''R''-linear.

# Non-examples

*Given a product of rings $S = R_1 \times R_2$, the natural inclusion $R_1 \to S, x \mapsto \left(x, 0\right)$ is not a ring homomorphism (unless $R_2$ is the zero ring); this is because the map does not send the multiplicative identity of $R_1$ to that of $S$, namely $\left(1, 1\right)$.

# The category of rings

## Endomorphisms, isomorphisms, and automorphisms

* A ring endomorphism is a ring homomorphism from a ring to itself. * A ring isomorphism is a ring homomorphism having a 2-sided inverse that is also a ring homomorphism. One can prove that a ring homomorphism is an isomorphism if and only if it is
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as a function on the underlying sets. If there exists a ring isomorphism between two rings ''R'' and ''S'', then ''R'' and ''S'' are called isomorphic. Isomorphic rings differ only by a relabeling of elements. Example: Up to isomorphism, there are four rings of order 4. (This means that there are four pairwise non-isomorphic rings of order 4 such that every other ring of order 4 is isomorphic to one of them.) On the other hand, up to isomorphism, there are eleven rngs of order 4. * A ring automorphism is a ring isomorphism from a ring to itself.

## Monomorphisms and epimorphisms

Injective ring homomorphisms are identical to
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s in the category of rings: If is a monomorphism that is not injective, then it sends some ''r''1 and ''r''2 to the same element of ''S''. Consider the two maps ''g''1 and ''g''2 from Z 'x''to ''R'' that map ''x'' to ''r''1 and ''r''2, respectively; and are identical, but since ''f'' is a monomorphism this is impossible. However, surjective ring homomorphisms are vastly different from
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s in the category of rings. For example, the inclusion is a ring epimorphism, but not a surjection. However, they are exactly the same as the
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s.