# Math Help - modern alg

1. ## modern alg

Let R be acommutative ring and let b be a fixed element of R. Prove that the set b = {r is in R and r = cb for some element c in R} is an ideal of R.

2. Originally Posted by wvlilgurl
Let R be acommutative ring and let b be a fixed element of R. Prove that the set b = {r is in R and r = cb for some element c in R} is an ideal of R.
Define $(b) = \{ rb | r\in R\}$. To show $(b)$ is an ideal of $R$ you need to show if $x,y\in (b)$ then $x\pm y \in (b)$, and also that if $r\in R$ then $r(b),(b)r \subseteq (b)$. These should be clear by definition.