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Finding the units in the ring F[x]

hmmm16

Member
Feb 25, 2012
31
I have to find all the units in the ring $F[x]$ where $F$ is a field.

Clearly all polynomials of degree 0 are units as they are in the field F.

Now suppose $\alpha(x)\beta(x)=1$ which gives $\mbox{deg}(\alpha(x))=-\mbox{deg}(\beta(x))$ which gives $\mbox{deg}(\beta(x)=\mbox{deg}(\alpha(x)=0$ so the units are precisely the polynomials of degree.

Is this correct?

Thanks for any help
 
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Opalg

MHB Oldtimer
Staff member
Feb 7, 2012
2,725
Re: Finding the units in the ring $F[x]$

That is correct. The units are the zero-degree polynomials (the nonzero elements of the field).