# X in ideal if x^n is in ideal?

## Homework Statement

In a ring with multiplicative identity, If x^n is in an ideal then is x also in the ideal? with n a natural number.

## The Attempt at a Solution

I can't find a proof. Which is likely to mean the statement is false?

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Let x^n be in the ideal I of a ring R. It can be represented as x^n = x^(n-1) x. Now, either both x^(n-1) and x are in the ideal (in that case the statement if proved), or one of them is in the ideal. If x is in the ideal, the proof is finished. If x^(n-1) is in the ideal, then you can apply the same argument again.

I hope this works, since I'm a bit new to rings.

Dick
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The statement that a*b in an ideal implies a and/or b in the ideal is only true for prime ideals. Not any ideal. The statement is false.

Dick
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Eg. consider the ideal generated by 4 over the integers.

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[This is a sign I should stop learning from various lecture notes, and turn to books. :uhh:]

matt grime
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No. It is a sign you should think about what you're reading.

matt grime
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I can't find a proof. Which is likely to mean the statement is false?

Just think about an example for a second. Like the simplest ring there is, the integers. Why didn't you do some examples to see if it was true?

Right, I should have done that. So the ideal generated by <x^2> in a ring certainly wouldn't have x in it. So the statement is false.

matt grime