(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Let R be a ring with multiplicative identity. Let a, b [itex]\in R[/itex].

To show: 1-ab is a unit iff 1-ba is a unit.

3. The attempt at a solution

Assume 1-ab is a unit. Then [itex]\exists u\in R[/itex] a unit such that (1-ab)u=u(1-ab)=1

[itex]\Leftrightarrow[/itex] u-abu=u-uab [itex]\Leftrightarrow[/itex] abu=uab. Not sure if this is useful, I haven't been able to go anywhere with it...

I also tried (1-ab)(1-ba)=1-ab-ba+abba but this isn't giving me any inspiration either.

Ideas on how to solve this?

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# Homework Help: Units in Rings: show 1-ab a unit <=> 1-ba a unit

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