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An extension L/K is finite if L is finite-dimensional as a vector space over K. Its dimension is called the degree of the extension L/K, and is denoted by [L:K~]. In the previous example [L : X] = n; in particular [C : R] = 2. For example, if F? is a finite field and p the characteristic of ¥q, then ¥q contains the prime field with p elements Fp. Obviously, ¥q/¥p is a finite extension. , an e F, such that any other element can be uniquely represented in the form § 6. Algebraic Aspects of Dimension a = a ^ j + • • • + anan with 49 at e Fp, and it follows from this that the number of elements of a finite field ¥q is equal to p", that is, it is always a power of p.
Modules In conclusion, we attempt to extend to modules the 'functional' intuition which we discussed in § 4 as applied to rings. We start with an example. 4-module of vector fields on X. At a given point x e X, every vector field T takes a value z(x), that is, there is defined a map M -* Tx where Tx is the tangent space to X at x. This map can be described in algebraic terms, by defining multiplication of constants a e i by a function f e A by / • a = f(x)a. Then IR will be a module over A, and Tx = M ®A U, and our map takes x into the element T ® 1.
These ideas can also be applied to the classification of rings from the point of view of analogues of finite dimensionality. It is natural to consider rings over which any module of finite type is Noetherian; a ring with this property is a Noetherian ring. For this, it is necessary first of all that the ring should be Noetherian as a module over itself, that is, that every ideal should have a finite system of generators. But it is not hard to check that this is also sufficient: if all ideals of a ring A have a finite basis then the free modules A" are also Noetherian, and hence also their homomorphic images, that is, all modules of finite type.