Originally Posted by
mwanahisab I had posted this problem before, however the expression didn't appear as expected. The final expression should read f ^2=f
Let the commutative ring F(R) be the set of all functions R-R equipped with the operations of pointwise addition and pointwise multiplication: given f, g are members F(R), define functions f+g and fg by
f+g: a→ f(a) + g(a) and fg: →f(a)g(a)
(Notice fg is not their composite)
Pointwise addition and multiplication are the operations on functions occurring in calculus for example.
∫f(x) g(x)dx =∫f(x) dx +∫g(x) dx
And D(fg)=D(f)g+f(D(g), where D denotes derivative.
The sum f+g in the first integrand is pointwise addition while the product fg in the derivative formula is pointwise multiplication.
Show that the above commutative ring F(R) contains elements f≠0,1 with f2=f
The expresiion should read the square of f equals f. What I mean here is that f multiplied by f equals f. Symbolicaly this is f ^2=f