Talk:06-240/Homework Assignment 1

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What information should be included on the homework assignments besides the answers to the assignment? Is student name, Math 240, Homework Assignment 1 and date sufficient? MC

Yes. --Drorbn 14:50, 15 September 2006 (EDT)

Q4

i have a question on Q4. for the part a^-1=a^2, if it's true, then a*a^2=1, which makes a=1....but a can't be 1 right?

I don't see why a*a^2=1 implies a=1. --Drorbn 06:16, 22 September 2006 (EDT)

because b=a^{-1}=a^2, if ab=1, why shouldn't a*a^2=1?

But what's wrong with that? --Drorbn 17:16, 22 September 2006 (EDT)

Finally I'm registered.....ok, if a*a^2=1, then a=1,but a field cannot have identical elements.....or can it?.........btw why is your name shown here but mine not?...never used a wiki based site....

Repeat: I don't see why a*a^2=1 implies a=1. --Drorbn 03:24, 23 September 2006 (EDT)

er....since a*a^2=a^3=1, or am I right about a*a^2=a^3?....and what makes a^3=1 except a=1?...sorry but please tell me where I got wrong.........

Well, OUR very own field has an element a for which a^3=1 yet a\neq 1... --Drorbn 17:08, 23 September 2006 (EDT)

ok.....that's....very...convincing......I'll shut up...

You seem unhappy, but I actually meant what I said. The equality a^3=1 in a general field does not imply the equality a\neq 1 --- why would it? After all, a^2=1 does not imply a\neq 1 either. Here are two examples for fields in which there is an a\neq 1 for which a^3=1:

  1. Our field and our a.
  2. The complex numbers {\mathbb C} and a=-\frac12+\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}i.

--Drorbn 17:38, 24 September 2006 (EDT)

Actually I guessed it had something to do with the field. But this concept is still new to me, I just can't convice myself a is not 1 when a*a*a=1...But that example of complex numbers is indeed very convincing....thank you for your patience :)

Assigment 1 Solution

I would appreciate if you may notify for any error. Assignment 1 Solution--Wongpak 08:28, 26 September 2006 (EDT)