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Similarly to the fact that the greatest common divisor of integers a and b can be expressed as au + bv, the ideal (3,2 + ^ — 5) consists of all numbers of the form 3a + (2 + j^S)P. The notion of ideal is especially important because of the fact that the relation between homomorphisms and ideals is reversible: every ideal is the kernel of some homomorphism. In order to construct from an ideal / of a ring A the ring B which A will map to under this homomorphism, we introduce the following definitions.

A ring A/I can be embedded in a field if and only if it is an integral domain. This means that I ^ A and if a, b e A and ab e / then either a e I or b e /. We say that an ideal is prime if it satisfies this condition. For example, the principal ideal / = (F(x, y)) c K [x, y] is prime if F is an irreducible polynomial: the ring K[x, y\jl = K[C] (where C is the algebraic curve with equation F(x, y) = 0) can be embedded in the field K{C). We can say that a prime ideal is the kernel of a homomorphism q>: A-> K, where K is a field (but possibly q>(A) / K).

With nt + mi = n. For n( = n the component alxl is expressed in terms of x ; with coefficient at e Ao as required, whereas for nl < n we can apply to at the same argument as for x. After a finite number of steps we get the required expression for x. For fields, the intuitive notion of finite-dimensionality is realised by analogy with rings. ,ane L such that all the remaining elements of L can be represented as rational functions of a 1 ; . . , an with coefficients in K. , an. ,xn) is an extension of K of finite type.