By Bruce A. Magurn

This publication is either an creation to K-theory and a textual content in algebra. those roles are fullyyt suitable. at the one hand, not anything greater than the elemental algebra of teams, jewelry, and modules is required to give an explanation for the clasical algebraic K-theory. however, K-theory is a traditional organizing precept for a standard subject matters of a moment path in algebra, and those issues are awarded rigorously right here. The reader won't in basic terms examine algebraic K-theory, but in addition Dedekind domain names, type teams, semisimple earrings, personality idea, quadratic varieties, tensor items, localization, finishing touch, tensor algebras, symmetric algebras, external algebras, crucial uncomplicated algebras, and Brauer teams. The presentation is self-contained, with all of the valuable history and proofs, and is split into brief sections with workouts to enhance the information and recommend additional strains of inquiry. the necessities are minimum: only a first semester of algebra (including Galois conception and modules over a central excellent domain). No adventure with homological algebra, research, geometry, quantity conception, or topology is thought. the writer has successfuly used this article to educate algebra to first 12 months graduate scholars. chosen subject matters can be utilized to build numerous one-semester classes; assurance of the complete textual content calls for a whole yr

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When it does not cause confusion about the choice of scalars, we will sometimes drop the preﬁx “R-” in the terms deﬁned above. 2) Examples of free modules. (i) Over every ring R, the zero module {0} is free with the empty set ∅ as basis. We often denote the zero R-module by R0 . 17 Free Modules 18 (ii) If R is a nontrivial ring, the polynomial ring R[x] is a free R-module with inﬁnite basis {1, x, x2 , . . }. (iii) If R is a nontrivial ring and n is a positive integer, the n-fold direct sum Rn = R ⊕ · · · ⊕ R is a free R-module with basis {e1 , .

When these conditions hold, we say A represents f over the bases v1 , . . , vn of M and w1 , . . , wn of N , and write A = M atβα (f ) . By condition (i), f is represented by A over the chosen bases if and only if the square M α f β Rm GN ·A G Rn commutes, where ·A denotes right multiplication by A. 26) (vii). 1B. Matrix Representations 31 If α : M → Rm , β : N → Rn and γ : P → Rp are isomorphisms, and the left and right squares in M α f GN g γ β Rm ·A G Rn GP ·B G Rp commute, then the perimeter rectangle commutes.

Then the set S = {s : s ∈ S} is a spanning set for M . 12) r1 s1 + · · · + rn sn = 0 (ri ∈ R, si ∈ S) is true in M if and only if r1 s1 + · · · + rn sn ∈ D . 12) with r1 s1 + · · · + rn sn ∈ D are called the deﬁning relations for the presentation (S : D). 12) in M is an R-linear combination of the deﬁning relations — so it is a consequence of the deﬁning relations. 13) Deﬁnitions. An R-module is cyclic if it is generated by one element. If M is an R-module and m ∈ M , the cyclic submodule generated by m, {m} = {rm : r ∈ R} , is denoted by Rm.