By E. Artin

This can be a good written vintage textual content at the connection among algebra and geometry. a number of the themes coated comprise a reconstruction of affine geometry of a box (or department ring) from geometric axioms. A geometry is a triple of a suite of issues, a suite of strains, and a binary relation describing whilst some extent lies on a line and pleasurable the next 3 axioms: (1) any distinctive issues are attached by means of a distinct line, (2) given some extent P and a line l, there exists a different line m parallel to l via P, and (3) there exist 3 issues that aren't collinear. as a way to build a hoop out of this geometry, one needs to introduce a extra axiom. Axiom 4a: Given any special issues P and Q, there exists a translation taking P to Q. so as to convey that this ring is a department ring, one needs to extra suppose Axiom 4b: among any translations with an identical path, there exists a path protecting homomorphism of the crowd of translations taking the 1st translation to the second one. Of classes, the inspiration of translation and direction-preserving should be made extra specific and this is often performed within the textual content.

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By our inductive hypothesis, g has at most n − 1 roots, so there are at most n − 1 possibilities for β. It follows that f has at most n roots. 4. We use Sage to find the roots of a polynomials over Z/13Z. roots() 1), (10, 1), (4, 1)] f(12) The output of the roots command above lists each root along with its multiplicity (which is 1 in each case above). 5. Let p be a prime number and let d be a divisor of p − 1. Then f = xd − 1 ∈ (Z/pZ)[x] has exactly d roots in Z/pZ. Proof. Let e = (p − 1)/d. We have xp−1 − 1 = (xd )e − 1 = (xd − 1)((xd )e−1 + (xd )e−2 + · · · + 1) = (xd − 1)g(x), where g ∈ (Z/pZ)[x] and deg(g) = de − d = p − 1 − d.

5 The Structure of (Z/pZ)∗ ni 43 ni −1 qini −1 (qi − 1) elements a ∈ Z/pZ such that aqi = 1 but aqi = 1; each of these elements has order qini . Thus for each i = 1, . . , r, we can choose an ai of order qini . 7 repeatedly, we see that a = a1 a2 · · · ar has order q1n1 · · · qrnr = p − 1, so a is a primitive root modulo p. 9. 8 when p = 13. We have p − 1 = 12 = 22 · 3. The polynomial x4 − 1 has roots {1, 5, 8, 12} and x2 − 1 has roots {1, 12}, so we may take a1 = 5. The polynomial x3 − 1 has roots {1, 3, 9}, and we set a2 = 3.

Suppose a, b ∈ (Z/nZ)∗ have orders r and s, respectively, and that gcd(r, s) = 1. Then ab has order rs. Proof. This is a general fact about commuting elements of any group; our proof only uses that ab = ba and nothing special about (Z/nZ)∗ . Since (ab)rs = ars brs = 1, the order of ab is a divisor of rs. Write this divisor as r1 s1 where r1 | r and s1 | s. Raise both sides of the equation ar1 s1 br1 s1 = (ab)r1 s1 = 1 to the power r2 = r/r1 to obtain ar1 r2 s1 br1 r2 s1 = 1. Since ar1 r2 s1 = (ar1 r2 )s1 = 1, we have br1 r2 s1 = 1, so s | r1 r2 s1 .