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Extension field

  1. Feb 13, 2008 #1
    [SOLVED] extension field

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Let E be an extension field of Z_2 and [itex]\alpha[/itex] in E be algebraic of degree 3 over Z_2. Classify the groups [itex]<Z_2(\alpha),+>[/itex] and [itex]<Z_2(\alpha)^*,\cdot>[/itex] according to the fundamental theorem of finitely generated abelian groups.
    [itex]Z_2(\alpha)^*[/itex] denotes the nonzero elements of Z_2(\alpha).


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    3. The attempt at a solution
    The first group is obviously Z_2 cross Z_2 cross Z_2, right? I am using that theorem that says that every element of F(\alpha) can be uniquely expressed as a polynomial in F[\alpha] with degree less than 3. I am so confused about how to find the second group since they didn't give me explicitly the irreducible polynomial for [itex]\alpha[/itex] over F? Is the problem impossible?
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2008 #2

    morphism

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    The first group is indeed (Z_2)^3.

    As for the second one: How many elements are in (Z_2(alpha))*?
     
  4. Feb 13, 2008 #3
    8-1=7, so it has to be Z_7!
     
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