# Thread: Splitting field for X^3-5

1. ## Splitting field for X^3-5

Hi,

Let $f=X^3 -5$, the $\Sigma_f = \mathbb{Q}[\alpha,\omega]$ with $\alpha$ real cube root of 5 and $\omega$ primitive root of 1.

$[\mathbb{Q}(\alpha):\mathbb{Q}]=3$ because $X^3-5$ is irreducible.

But what is $[\mathbb{Q}(\alpha,\omega):\mathbb{Q}(\alpha)]$?

$[\mathbb{Q}(\alpha,\omega):\mathbb{Q}(\alpha)] >1$ because $\omega \in \mathbb{C} \setminus \mathbb{R}$ and yet $\mathbb{Q}(\alpha)$ is a subfield of $\mathbb{R}$. Also the degree is $\leq 3$ because $X^3 -1$ has $\omega$ as a root. So the possibilities are 2 or 3.

If it's 2. Then because the min poly has to be monic and $\omega^2 + \omega = \sqrt{2}$

I think that we have to express $\sqrt{2}$ as a linear combination (with rational coefficients) of $\alpha$ and $\alpha^2$.

I can't see how do to this?

Thanks for any help!

2. ## Re: Splitting field for X^3-5

The roots of $X^3-1$ are $X_1=1, X_2=e^{\frac{2 \pi i}{3}}, X_3 = e^{\frac{4 \pi i}{3}}$ whereby $X_2$ and $X_3$ have minimal polynomial $T^2+T+1$

3. ## Re: Splitting field for X^3-5

Of course, I made a stupid mistake:

$\omega^2 + \omega = -1$!

thanks