# Greatest Common Divisor in a strange extension ring.

1. Dec 14, 2010

### tomtom690

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
I need to show that two elements in $$\textbf{Z}$$[$$\sqrt{-5}$$] have gcd = 1.
The elements are 3 and 2+$$\sqrt{-5}$$

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
My way of thinking was if I can show that both elements are irreducible, then they are both prime and hence have gcd of 1. I can show they are both irreducible, using the norm function - ie showing that if eg 3 = ab then either N(a) or N(b) is 1. This means that 3 is irreducible in this ring. I think.
Can somebody tell me if this is correct please? Like I said, I'm almost there, just need to polish it off!