By Paul T. Bateman
I first taught an summary algebra path in 1968. utilizing Hcrstein's issues in Algebra. it is tough to enhance on his booklet; the topic could have develop into broader, with purposes to computing and different parts, yet subject matters includes the middle of any path. regrettably, the topic hasn't turn into any more straightforward, so scholars assembly summary algebra nonetheless fight to benefit the recent recommendations, in particular when you consider that they're most likely nonetheless studying how one can write their very own proofs.This "study consultant" is meant to assist scholars who're starting to know about summary algebra. rather than simply increasing the fabric that's already written down in our textbook, i made a decision to attempt to coach via instance, by means of writing out options to difficulties. i have attempted to decide on difficulties that may be instructive, and in a variety of situations i have integrated reviews to assist the reader see what's quite happening. after all, this research consultant is not an alternative to an outstanding instructor, or for the opportunity to interact with different scholars on a few difficult problems.Finally. i need to gratefully recognize the aid of Northern Illinois collage whereas penning this learn consultant. As a part of the popularity as a "Presidential educating Professor," i used to be given depart in Spring 2000 to paintings on initiatives concerning educating.
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Show that ∼ is an equivalence relation. Solution: The reflexive, symmetric, and transitive laws can be easily verified since ∼ is defined in terms of an equality, and equality is itself an equivalence relation. 16. Let u be a fixed vector in R3 , and assume that u has length 1. For vectors v and w, define v ∼ w if v ·u = w ·u, where · denotes the standard dot product. Show that ∼ is an equivalence relation, and give a geometric description of the equivalence classes of ∼. Solution: The reflexive, symmetric, and transitive laws for the relation ∼ really depend on an equality, and can easily be verified.
19. Define the formula f : Z12 → Z12 by f ([x]12 ) = [x]212 , for all [x]12 ∈ Z12 . Show that the formula f defines a function. Find the image of f and the set Z12 /f of equivalence classes determined by f . Solution: The formula for f is well-defined since if [x1 ]12 = [x2 ]12 , then x1 ≡ x2 (mod 12), and so x21 ≡ x22 (mod 12), which shows that f ([x1 ]12 ) = f ([x2 ]12 ). To compute the images of f we have 212 = 12 , [±1]212 = 12 , [±2]212 = 12 , [±3]212 = 12 , [±4]212 = 12 , [±5]212 = 12 , and 212 = 12 .
Given an ordered pair (a, b), we have ab = ba, and so (a, b) ∼ (a, b). We next check the symmetric law. Given (a1 , b1 ) and (a2 , b2 ) with (a1 , b1 ) ∼ (a2 , b2 ), we have a1 b2 = a2 b1 , and so a2 b1 = a1 b2 , which shows that (a2 , b2 ) ∼ (a1 , b1 ). Finally, we verify the transitive law. Given (a1 , b1 ), (a2 , b2 ), and (a3 , b3 ) with (a1 , b1 ) ∼ (a2 , b2 ) and (a2 , b2 ) ∼ (a3 , b3 ), we have the equations a1 b2 = a2 b1 and a2 b3 = a3 b2 . If we multiply the first equation by b3 and the second equation by b1 , we get a1 b2 b3 = a2 b1 b3 = a3 b1 b2 .
Abstract Algebra: A Study Guide for Beginners by Paul T. Bateman