# Prove a set to be subring of complex numbers

• Mar 24th 2007, 10:37 PM
Prove a set to be subring of complex numbers
Let p be a nonzero integer. Prove the set Z[sqrt(p)] = {b+[(sqrt(p)] | b,c in Z(integers)} is a subring of the complex numbers.
• Mar 25th 2007, 06:05 AM
ThePerfectHacker
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Let p be a nonzero integer. Prove the set Z[sqrt(p)] = {b+[(sqrt(p)] | b,c in Z(integers)} is a subring of the complex numbers.

If p>0 then we have Z[sqrt(p)]={b+c*sqrt(b)}

We need to show that this structure forms a abelian group under addition.

Closure
(b+c*sqrt(p))+(b'+c'sqrt(p))=(b+b')+(c+c')sqrt(p)
Where (b+b') and (c+c') are integers.

Identity
b=0 and c=0.

Inverse
b=-b' and c=-c'

Associativitiy
Since C (complex numbers) are associate so are these.

Commutativity
Since C are abelian so are these.

Hence Z[sqrt(p)] form an abelian group under +.

We now show that Z[sqrt(p)] is closed under *.
Simple,
(a+bsqrt(b))*(a'+b'sqrt(p))=(aa'+bb'p)+(ab'+a'b)sq rt(p)
Where,
aa'+bb'p and ab+a'b are integers.

The last thing is two show that is is distributive.
Since C is distributive then so it Z[sqrt(p)]

When p<0 then actually it is undefined to take a squere root but anyway we define Z[sqrt(b)]=Z[a+ibsqrt(b)]
And use the same appraoch as above.