## A Ring Has Infinitely Many Nilpotent Elements if $ab=1$ and $ba \neq 1$

## Problem 543

Let $R$ be a ring with $1$.

Suppose that $a, b$ are elements in $R$ such that

\[ab=1 \text{ and } ba\neq 1.\]

**(a)** Prove that $1-ba$ is idempotent.

**(b)** Prove that $b^n(1-ba)$ is nilpotent for each positive integer $n$.

**(c)** Prove that the ring $R$ has infinitely many nilpotent elements.