## Examples of Prime Ideals in Commutative Rings that are Not Maximal Ideals

## Problem 520

Give an example of a commutative ring $R$ and a prime ideal $I$ of $R$ that is not a maximal ideal of $R$.

Add to solve laterGive an example of a commutative ring $R$ and a prime ideal $I$ of $R$ that is not a maximal ideal of $R$.

Add to solve laterProve that the quadratic integer ring $\Z[\sqrt{5}]$ is not a Unique Factorization Domain (UFD).

Add to solve laterProve that the quadratic integer ring $\Z[\sqrt{-5}]$ is not a Unique Factorization Domain (UFD).

Add to solve later Let $R$ be a commutative ring. Consider the polynomial ring $R[x,y]$ in two variables $x, y$.

Let $(x)$ be the principal ideal of $R[x,y]$ generated by $x$.

Prove that $R[x, y]/(x)$ is isomorphic to $R[y]$ as a ring.

Add to solve laterProve the following statements.

**(a)** If $a\neq 1$ is an idempotent element of $R$, then $a$ is a zero divisor.

**(b)** Suppose that $R$ is an integral domain. Determine all the idempotent elements of $R$.

Prove that the ring of integers

\[\Z[\sqrt{2}]=\{a+b\sqrt{2} \mid a, b \in \Z\}\]
of the field $\Q(\sqrt{2})$ is a Euclidean Domain.

Let $R$ be a ring with unit $1$. Suppose that the order of $R$ is $|R|=p^2$ for some prime number $p$.

Then prove that $R$ is a commutative ring.

Let

\[P=(2, \sqrt{10})=\{a+b\sqrt{10} \mid a, b \in \Z, 2|a\}\]
be an ideal of the ring

\[\Z[\sqrt{10}]=\{a+b\sqrt{10} \mid a, b \in \Z\}.\]
Then determine the quotient ring $\Z[\sqrt{10}]/P$.

Is $P$ a prime ideal? Is $P$ a maximal ideal?

Let $R$ be a ring with $1$. Suppose that $R$ is an integral domain and an Artinian ring.

Prove that $R$ is a field.

Let $R$ be a ring with $1$. Prove that the following three statements are equivalent.

- The ring $R$ is a field.
- The only ideals of $R$ are $(0)$ and $R$.
- Let $S$ be any ring with $1$. Then any ring homomorphism $f:R \to S$ is injective.

Suppose that $f:R\to R’$ is a surjective ring homomorphism.

Prove that if $R$ is a Noetherian ring, then so is $R’$.

Let $f: R\to R’$ be a ring homomorphism. Let $P$ be a prime ideal of the ring $R’$.

Prove that the preimage $f^{-1}(P)$ is a prime ideal of $R$.

Add to solve laterLet $f:R\to R’$ be a ring homomorphism. Let $I’$ be an ideal of $R’$ and let $I=f^{-1}(I)$ be the preimage of $I$ by $f$. Prove that $I$ is an ideal of the ring $R$.

Add to solve later For each positive integer $n$, prove that the polynomial

\[(x-1)(x-2)\cdots (x-n)-1\]
is irreducible over the ring of integers $\Z$.

Let $R$ be a commutative ring and let $I_1$ and $I_2$ be **comaximal ideals**. That is, we have

\[I_1+I_2=R.\]

Then show that for any positive integers $m$ and $n$, the ideals $I_1^m$ and $I_2^n$ are comaximal.

Add to solve laterLet $R$ be a commutative ring with unity.

Then show that every maximal ideal of $R$ is a prime ideal.

Let $R$ be the ring of all continuous functions on the interval $[0, 2]$.

Let $I$ be the subset of $R$ defined by

\[I:=\{ f(x) \in R \mid f(1)=0\}.\]

Then prove that $I$ is an ideal of the ring $R$.

Moreover, show that $I$ is maximal and determine $R/I$.

Let $R$ be an integral domain and let $S=R[t]$ be the polynomial ring in $t$ over $R$. Let $n$ be a positive integer.

Prove that the polynomial

\[f(x)=x^n-t\]
in the ring $S[x]$ is irreducible in $S[x]$.

Let $R$ be a ring with unity.

Suppose that $f$ and $g$ are ring homomorphisms from $\Q$ to $R$ such that $f(n)=g(n)$ for any integer $n$.

Then prove that $f=g$.

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