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Homework Help: Gaussian integers, ring homomorphism and kernel

  1. Aug 20, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    let [tex]\varphi:\mathbb{Z}\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}_{2}[/tex] be the map for which [tex]\varphi(a+bi)=[a+b]_{2}[/tex]
    a)verify that [tex]\varphi[/tex] is a ring homomorphism and determine its kernel
    b) find a Gaussian integer z=a+bi s.t [tex]ker\varphi=(a+bi)[/tex]
    c)show that [tex]ker\varphi[/tex] is maximal ideal in [tex]\mathbb{Z}[/tex]

    I started by showing that [tex]\varphi[/tex] preserves the ring operations
    and multiplication
    but something is not right here because if I look at the right hand side, I should get

    I dont know how to find the kernel, I know that by def [tex]ker\varphi=\{z\in\mathbb{Z}; \varphi(z)=[0]_{2}\}[/tex]
    please help :D
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 20, 2012 #2

    Maybe bd=-bd (mod 2) ??

    Yes, so take [itex]a+bi \in \ker(\varphi[/itex]. Then [itex]\varphi(a+bi)=0[/itex]. Now just write things out using the definition of [itex]\varphi[/itex].
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