# Submodules of polynomial ring K[x]

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Which of the following sets of polynomials n K[x], K commutative are K-modules:(a) all polynomials of degree exactly ; (b) all polynomials of degree at most 4; (c) all monic polynomials; (d) all polynomials of even degree?

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Recall (M, +) is called an R-module if there is an operation â€¢ : R Ã— M â†’ M

such that

(1) r â€¢ (x + y) = r â€¢ x + r â€¢ y (2) (r + s) â€¢ x = r â€¢ x + s â€¢ x (3) (rs) â€¢ x = r â€¢ (s â€¢ x)

(4) 1R â€¢ x = x

For all r, s âˆˆ R, and x, y âˆˆ M .

Now let the sets in part (a) to (d) be A, B, C, D respectively.

(a) A is not K -module: because 0K â€¢ x ...

#### Solution Summary

This question is on identifying whether a given subset of polynomial ring K[x] is also a K-module.

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