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Sample Algebra Graduate Preliminary Examination 315,07 Instructions: This exam contains ten problems. You are not allowed to use your notes, and you should
not collaborate with one another. 1. For the indicated values of 0(1)) and m(a:), determine whether there exists a square complex matrix A for which C(z) is the characteristic polynomial and m(a:) is the minimal polynomial. If such an A
exists, ﬁnd all possible Jordan normal forms of A. Justify your answers. (a) C(x) = (:r — 2)(:r + 3)2(:c + 4) and m(:r) = (:1: —— 2)(:r + 3).
(b) C(IL') = (m + 1)2(m — 3)3 and m(x) = (:1: + 1)(x —~ 3)? 2. Assume that ( ,) is a nondegenerate bilinear form on a ﬁnitedimensional vector space V. Determine
if the following are true or false. If true, prove it; if false, provide a counterexample. (a) If T :_ V —> V is a linear operator, then there exists a unique linear operator T" : V > V such that
(T‘(v),w) = (v,T(w)) for all 12,112 E V. (b) If W C_Z V is any subspace, then the restriction of ( ,) to W is again nondegenerate. 3. Let N : V —+ V be a normal linear operator on a ﬁnite—dimensional inner product space V over the ﬁeld of complex numbers. If v and w are eigenvectors of N corresponding to different eigenvalues, prove
that v and w are orthogonal. 4. (a) Find all groups of order 9 up to isomorphism. (b) Find the automorphism group of each of the groups found in part (a).
(c) Find all groups of order 18 up to isomorphism.
Justify your answers. 5. Find the center of the group GLn(lR) of n X n nonsingular real matrices. Justify your answer. 6. Let R be an integral domain. (a) Deﬁne what is a prime element of R. (b) Deﬁne what is an irreducible element of R. (c) Show that prime implies irreducible, or give an example to show that it is not true.
(d) Show that irreducible implies prime, or give an example to show that it is not true. 7. Denote by A the factor group of the free abelian group with a free basis {am y, z} modulo the subgroup generated by the elements 33: + 2y + 82 and 2x + 42. Write A as a direct sum of indecomposable cyclic
subgroups. 8. Let F g E be an extension of ﬁelds.
(a) Deﬁne what it means for this to be a ﬁnite extension. (b) Deﬁne what it means for this to be an algebraic extension.
1 2 (c) Show that a ﬁnite extension is algebraic. (d) If K is an intermediate ﬁeld, F 9: K g E, with F 9 K and K E E both algebraic, show that
F g E is again algebraicw 9. Let F be a ﬁeld of characteristic 0, and let E be a splitting ﬁeld for an irreducible polynomial
f E F [X] Let K be an intermediate ﬁeld, F E K E E, and assume that F g K is a Galois extension. If 91,92 are irreducible factors of f e K [X], show that there exists an F—automorphism a of E such
that &(g1) = 92. (Here 6 is the natural extension of a to E[X].) 10. If F E; E is a ﬁnite extension with ﬁnitely many intermediate ﬁelds, show that F g E is a simple
extension, that is E = Fhr] for some 7 E E. ...
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