A treatise on the theory of determinants by Scott R.F.

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Dividing by (2n − 1) and taking the limit for n to infinity, we obtain the nonarchimedean triangle inequality v(x + y) ≥ min{v(x), v(y)}. The simplest function field is Fq (T ), the extension of Fq generated by one transcendental element. Because of the analogy with Q, we write Fq (T ) = q. We define the degree of a quotient f (T ) = α(T )/β(T ) of two polynomials α and β by deg(f ) = deg(α) − deg(β). One valuation of q is the order of vanishing at infinity, the negative of the degree, v∞ (f ) = − deg(f ), In the proof of the next theorem, this valuation provides our first insight towards the construction of the so-called P -adic valuations: for each irreducible polynomial P , we can write a nonzero rational function as α(T ) , f (T ) = P (T )m β(T ) where α and β are nonzero polynomials without a factor P .

Then we can divide by that function, determined up to a constant, to make it a unit everywhere. Thus we find a 50 The zeta function decomposition as a direct product c × o∗ × K ∗ /F∗q . 7) c∈Cl(0) Since F∗q contains q − 1 elements, we find the volume of ker | · |/K ∗ , vol(ker | · |/K ∗ ) = h . 4 Consider the curve y 2 = x3 −x over F5 . The function x has divisor (x) = −2(∞) + 2(x = 0, y = 0). Since the curve is not rational, the divisor −(∞) + (0, 0) in ker | · | represents a torsion point in ker | · |/K ∗ .

Since m is irreducible, it follows that m = 0. By linearity, if aX n is a monomial in m then m contains the monomial anX n−1 . Since m is the sum of such monomials, m = 0 if and only if n = 0 in K for each monomial in m. 21 Let L/K be a finite extension of fields. An element of L is inseparable over K if its defining equation has multiple roots. The extension L/K is inseparable if L has inseparable elements. It is purely inseparable if every element of L lies in K or is inseparable over K. By the foregoing discussion, in characteristic zero, (X n ) = 0 only for the monomial X 0 , hence every element is separable.

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