# Splitting Fields

by hypermonkey2
Tags: fields, splitting
 P: 102 I was thinking about this, finding the splitting field of x^4-2 in Q[x] over Q is standard enough... but would much be different is i wanted the splitting field over F_5? (field with 5 elements) would it just be F_5(2^(1/4), i) analogously to the Q case? or do any of the arguments break down? Any thoughts are appreciated, cheers
 P: 274 I think it would be just F_5(2^(1/4)), since once you have one fourth root of 2, the others would just be 2*2^(1/4), 4*2^(1/4), and 3*2^(1/4) (since 2^4 = 1 in F_5).
P: 102
 Quote by Citan Uzuki I think it would be just F_5(2^(1/4)), since once you have one fourth root of 2, the others would just be 2*2^(1/4), 4*2^(1/4), and 3*2^(1/4) (since 2^4 = 1 in F_5).

Very true! However, what does 2^(1/4) mean exactly in this case? i dont think it can be a real number since i dont believe there is an extension from F_5 to R...
And since there is no element x in F_5 such that x^4=2...

perhaps i am confused?