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    Prove that a module over a polynomial ring C[t] is a finite dimensional vector space with a linear operator that plays the role of multiplication by t.

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    This is a Linear Algebra Problem
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    Prove that a module over a polynomial ring C[t] is a finite dimensional vector space with a linear operator that plays the role of multiplication by t.
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    Definition (from Fraleigh)
    Let R be a ring. A (left) R-module consists of an abelian group M together with an operation of external multiplication of each element of M by each element of R on the left such that for all a, b elements of M and r, s elements of R, the following conditions are satisfied
    (1) ra is an element of M (2) r(a + b) = ra + rb (3) (r + s)a = ra + sa (4) (rs)a = r(sa)
    Fraleigh notes that an R-module is very much like a vector space except that the scalars (elements of R) need only form a ring.

    Alternate definition (from Jacobson)
    Consider a homomorphism of a given ring R onto the ring of endomorphisms, End(M), of an abelian group M. If n is such a homomorphism, r in R, n(r) is an element of EndM, ...

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    Modules, Polynomial Rings, Finite Dimensional Vector Space and Multiplication are investigated. The solution is detailed and well presented.

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