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    Finding Roots of Polynomials over Polynomial Quotient Rings

    Hi all,

    Just wondering how I would go about finding roots of an polynomial,
    say t^3 +t^2+1 or t^3+1, over a quotient ring, say Z/2Z[x] / <x^3+x+1>. Is there a general way to do this or do I have to plug and chug all the elements of the field? This is annoying for fields with more than 4 elements! I've programmed the computer solve them for me (plug and chug way) but I don't know how to do it without the computer.


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    Julian
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    Quote Originally Posted by aznmaven View Post
    Hi all,

    Just wondering how I would go about finding roots of an polynomial,
    say t^3 +t^2+1 or t^3+1, over a quotient ring, say Z/2Z[x] / <x^3+x+1>. Is there a general way to do this or do I have to plug and chug all the elements of the field? This is annoying for fields with more than 4 elements! I've programmed the computer solve them for me (plug and chug way) but I don't know how to do it without the computer.
    Let K = \mathbb{Z}_2[x]/(x^3+x+1).

    Let \alpha = x + (x^3 + x + 1). Notice that \alpha^3 + \alpha + 1 = 0. Therefore, \alpha^3 = \alpha + 1 - remember \text{char}(K)=2.

    You want to determine if t^3+t^2+1 has any roots. A messy approach here is to notice that any element in K can be uniquely written as a+b\alpha + c\alpha^2 where a,b,c\in \mathbb{Z}_2. Substitute that into the polynomial and equate coefficient to zero, and remember that \alpha^3 = \alpha + 1.
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