Simple question on polynomial rings

When we write where F is, say, a field, do we **necessarily** mean the set of **all** possible polynomials in x_1, x_2, ... ... x_n with coefficients in F? [In this case, essentially all that is required to determine whether a polynomial belongs to is to check that the co-efficients belong to F and the indeterminates only contain .]

OR

when e write do we mean to include possible cases such as the set of polynomials with even coefficients - that is we may be talking about the set of polynomials with even co-efficients - so we cannot be sure what ring of polynomials we are talking about when we write until we specify the exact nature of ring of polynomials we are talking about further.

If the latter is the case when given we can not reason about whether particular polynomials belong to until you know the exact nature of the ring

I very much suspect that the former is the case but ... ... Can someone please confirm or clarify this.

Peter

Re: Simple question on polynomial rings

Hello,

I am a little confused as to how you would have this confusion. You are correct about the former--the ring literally means the ring of all polynomials in the indeterminates with coefficients in . Things in math are very rarely wishy-washy enough so that this symbol could be as ambiguous as you claim.

I hope this helps.

PS Evenness makes no sense in the context of fields.