# Math Help - If x is irreducible, is ϕ(x) irreducible? Prove or give counter-example.

1. ## If x is irreducible, is ϕ(x) irreducible? Prove or give counter-example.

Suppose that $\phi : R \rightarrow S$ is a surjective ring homomorphism. Suppose that $x \in R$ is an irreducible element. Is it true that $\phi(x)$ is also irreducible? Prove it or give a counter-example.

2. R = Z[x], r = x + 4, S = Z, φ:R-->S given by φ(anx^n +.....+a1x + a0) = a0.

x+4 is irreducible in Z[x], but 4 is not irreducible in Z.