Monday, September 28, 2009

Galois' Memoir: Lemma 1

The following is taken from the translation of Galois' Memoir by Harold M. Edwards found in his book Galois Theory. The proof itself is taken from Jean-Pierre Tignol's Galois' Theory of Algebraic Equations.

Lemma 1: An irreducible equation g(x) cannot have a root in common with a rational equation h(x) without dividing it.


(1) Let g(x) be a polynomial with coefficients in a given field K that is irreducible over K.

(2) Let h(x) be a polynomial with coefficients in the field K.

(3) Let r be a root for both h(x),g(x) so that h(r)=0 and g(r)=0

(4) Assume that g(x) does not divide h(x).

(5) Then g(x),h(x) are relatively prime since g(x) is irreducible [see Lemma 1, here]

(6) Then (see Corollary 3.1, here), there exists polynomials A(x), B(x) such that A, B all have coefficients in K and:

1 = A(x)g(x) + B(x)h(x)

(7) Since g(r)=0 and h(r)=0, it follows that:

1 = A(r)*0 + B(r)*0

which is impossible.

(8) So we have a contradiction and we reject our assumption in step #4.



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