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Homework Help: Definition of a Module

  1. Oct 17, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I am curious if all modules contain 0.

    2. Relevant equations

    A left R-module M over the ring R consists of an abelian group (M, +) and an operation R × M → M such that certain properties hold...

    3. The attempt at a solution
    The definition of a module says that it is an additive group, and additive groups have the zero element. Thus, all modules contain the zero element right?

    Thank you.
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  3. Oct 17, 2012 #2


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    If 'zero' means the additive identity of the group, sure.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2012
  4. Oct 17, 2012 #3


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    Note that the ring, R, also has a "0" (additive identity) which is not necessarily the additive identity of M.
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