In Dummit and Foote, a short exact sequence of R-modules [itex]0 \rightarrow A \rightarrow B \rightarrow C \rightarrow 0[/itex] ([itex]\psi:A \rightarrow B[/itex] and [itex]\phi:B \rightarrow C[/itex]) is said to split if there is an R-module complement to [itex]\psi(A)[/itex] in [itex]B[/itex]. The authors are not really clear on what the phrase "an R-module complement to" means, so I was hoping someone here could help clear my confusion up. My best guess is that they mean "there exists some R-module [itex]C'[/itex] such that [itex]B[/itex] is the internal direct sum of [itex]\psi(A)[/itex] and [itex]C'[/itex]."(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

In Dummit and Foote, a short exact sequence of groups [itex]1 \rightarrow A \rightarrow B \rightarrow C \rightarrow 1[/itex] ([itex]\psi:A \rightarrow B[/itex] and [itex]\phi:B \rightarrow C[/itex]) is said to split if there is a subgroup complement to [itex]\psi(A)[/itex] in [itex]B[/itex]. Again the authors are not really clear on what the phrase "a subgroup complement to" means, so I was hoping someone here could help clear my confusion up. My best guess is that they mean "there exists some group [itex]C'[/itex] such that [itex]B[/itex] is the internal semi-direct product of [itex]\psi(A)[/itex] and [itex]C'[/itex]."

Are my interpretations correct?

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# Short Exact Sequences: Splitting

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