# Basic Algebra by Anthony W. Knapp

By Anthony W. Knapp

Simple Algebra and complex Algebra systematically improve recommendations and instruments in algebra which are very important to each mathematician, even if natural or utilized, aspiring or verified. jointly, the 2 books supply the reader a world view of algebra and its position in arithmetic as a complete. The presentation comprises blocks of difficulties that introduce extra themes and functions to technological know-how and engineering to steer additional learn. Many examples and countless numbers of difficulties are integrated, in addition to a separate 90-page part giving tricks or whole strategies for many of the issues.

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31. If the solution procedure for finding the inverse of a square matrix A leads from (A | I ) to (I | X), then A is invertible and its inverse is X. Conversely if the solution procedure leads to (R | Y ) and R has a row of 0’s, then A is not invertible. REMARK. 27c shows that this corollary addresses the only possible outcomes of the solution procedure. 30 I. Preliminaries about the Integers, Polynomials, and Matrices PROOF. 30 to settle the existence or nonexistence of A−1 . In the case that A−1 exists, we know that the solution procedure has to yield the inverse.

12), we obtain P = (X − r)Q + R with R = 0 or deg R < deg(X − r) = 1. Thus R is a constant polynomial, possibly 0. In any case we have 0 = P(r) = (r − r)Q(r) + R(r), and thus R(r) = 0. Since R is constant, we must have R = 0, and then P = (X − r)Q. 14. If P is a nonzero polynomial with coefficients in F and if deg P = n, then P has at most n distinct roots. 12 I. Preliminaries about the Integers, Polynomials, and Matrices REMARKS. Since there are infinitely many scalars in any of Q and R and C, the corollary implies that the function from F to F associated to P, namely r 7→ P(r), cannot be identically 0 if P 6= 0.

If A and B are nonzero polynomials with coefficients in F and if P is a prime polynomial such that P divides AB, then P divides A or P divides B. PROOF. 15d produces polynomials S and T such that AS + P T = 1. Multiplication by B gives AB S + P T B = B. Then P divides AB S because it divides AB, and P divides P T B because it divides P. Hence P divides B. § 14 I. 17 (unique factorization). Every member of F[X] of degree ∏ 1 is a product of primes. , by a nonzero scalar. PROOF. 5; induction on the integers is to be replaced by induction on the degree.