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Chapter 10 Introducing Homological Algebra Roughly speaking, homological algebra consists of (A) that part of algebra that is funda- mental in building the foundations of algebraic topology, and (B) areas that arise naturally in studying (A). 10.1 Categories We have now encountered many algebraic structures and maps between these structures. There are ideas that seem to occur regardless of the particular structure under consider- ation. Category theory focuses on principles that are common to all algebraic systems. 10.1.1 Defnitions and Comments A category C consists of objects A,B,C,. .. and morphisms f : A B (where A and B are objects). If f : A B and g : B C are morphisms, we have a notion of composition , in other words, there is a morphism gf = g f : A C , such that the following axioms are satisFed. (i) Associativity :I f f : A B , g : B C , h : C D , then ( hg ) f = h ( ); (ii) Identity : ±or each object A there is a morphism 1 A : A A such that for each morphism f : A B , we have f 1 A =1 B f = f . A remark for those familiar with set theory: ±or each pair ( A,B ) of objects, the collection of morphisms f : A B is required to be a set rather than a proper class. We have seen many examples: 1. Sets : The objects are sets and the morphisms are functions. 2. Groups : The objects are groups and the morphisms are group homomorphisms. 3. Rings : The objects are rings and the morphisms are ring homomorphisms. 1

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2 CHAPTER 10. INTRODUCING HOMOLOGICAL ALGEBRA 4. Fields : The objects are felds and the morphisms are feld homomorphisms [= feld monomorphisms; see (3.1.2)]. 5. R-mod : The objects are leFt R -modules and the morphisms are R -module homomor- phisms. IF we use right R -modules, the corresponding category is called mod-R . 6. Top : The objects are topological spaces and the morphisms are continuous maps. 7. Ab : The objects are abelian groups and the the morphisms are homomorphisms From one abelian group to another. A morphism f : A B is said to be an isomorphism iF there is an inverse morphism g : B A , that is, gf =1 A and fg B .I n Sets , isomorphisms are bijections, and in , isomorphisms are homeomorphisms. ±or the other examples, an isomorphism is a bijective homomorphism, as usual. In the category oF sets, a Function f is injective i² f ( x 1 )= f ( x 2 ) implies x 1 = x 2 . But in an abstract category, we don’t have any elements to work with; a morphism f : A B can be regarded as simply an arrow From A to B . How do we generalize injectivity to an arbitrary category? We must give a defnition that does not depend on elements oF a set. Now in Sets , f is injective i² it has a leFt inverse; equivalently, f is left cancellable , i.e. iF fh 1 = 2 , then h 1 = h 2 . This is exactly what we need, and a similar idea works For surjectivity, since f is surjective i² f is right cancellable , i.e., h 1 f = h 2 f implies h 1 = h 2 .
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## This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course MATH 367 taught by Professor Sdd during the Spring '11 term at Middle East Technical University.

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