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    Affine Algebraic Sets - D&F Chapter 15, Section 15.1 - Example 3 - page 660

    I am reading Dummit and Foote Ch 15, Commutative Rings and Algebraic Geometry. In Section 15.1 Noetherian Rings and Affine Algebraic Sets, Example 3 on page 660 reads as follows: (see attachment)

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    Let  V = \mathcal{Z}(x^3 - y^2)   in  \ \ \mathbb{A}^2 .

    If  (a, b) \in \mathbb{A}^2  is an element of V, then  a^3 = b^2 .

    If  a \ne 0 , then also  b \ne 0  and we can write  a = (b/a)^2, \ b = (b/a)^3  .

    It follows that V is the set  \{ (a^2, a^3) \ | \ a \in k  \} .

    For any polynomial  f(x,y) \in k[x,y]  . we can write   f(x,y) = f_0(x) + f_1(x)y + (x^3 - y^2)g(x,y)

    ... ... ... etc etc

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    I cannot follow the line of reasoning:

    "For any polynomial  f(x,y) \in k[x,y]  . we can write   f(x,y) = f_0(x) + f_1(x)y + (x^3 - y^2)g(x,y)    "

    Can anyone clarify why this is true and why D&F are taking this step?

    Peter
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