# Prove that if every element in a ring R except 1 has a left quasi-inverse, then R is

• Aug 18th 2012, 01:27 PM
JOHNI
Prove that if every element in a ring R except 1 has a left quasi-inverse, then R is
Hello !
can you help me proving this exercise please :

An element a in a ring R has a left quasi inverse if there exist an element b in R with a+b-ab=0.
Prove that if every element in a ring R except 1 has a left quasi-inverse, then R is
a division ring..

THANK YOU !
• Aug 18th 2012, 04:01 PM
HallsofIvy
Re: Prove that if every element in a ring R except 1 has a left quasi-inverse, then R
In other words, show that if every element, other than 1, has a left quasi-inverse, then every element, other than 0, has an inverse.
I take it we are allowed to assume that the ring has a multiplicative identity, 1?
• Aug 18th 2012, 04:12 PM
Deveno
Re: Prove that if every element in a ring R except 1 has a left quasi-inverse, then R
here is something to get you started:

a + b - ab = 0

a + (1 - a)b = 0

1 + (1 - a)b = 1 - a

1 = (1 - a) - (1 - a)b

1 = (1 - a)(1 - b).

so 1 - a has a right-inverse, unless a = 1. why does this show U(R) = R\{0}?
• Aug 19th 2012, 03:04 AM
JOHNI
Re: Prove that if every element in a ring R except 1 has a left quasi-inverse, then R
Thank you very much for your help