Beginning with this chapter we turn attention to polynomials with coefficients in a field. In broad outline the theory follows that for integers: we prove the analogue of the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic (Chapter 15), study irreducible polynomials (the analogue of primes), and develop the concepts of congruences and congruence classes, and analogues of Fermat’s theorem and the Chinese remainder theorem. When the theory for polynomials is combined wih the theory for integers, what comes out in Chapters 28 and 30 is the theory of finite fields.
KeywordsFinite Field Commutative Ring Zero Divisor Chinese Remainder Theorem Congruence Class
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