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Answer to Question #24888 in Abstract Algebra for Melvin Henriksen

Question #24888
Let I be a left ideal in a ring R such that, for some integer n ≥ 2, an = 0 for all a ∈ I. Show that an−1Ran−1 = 0 for all a ∈ I.
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Given any r ∈ R, let s = ran−1∈ I. Then sa = 0, and a quick induction on mshows that (s + a)m = sm +asm−1 + a2sm−2+ · · · + am. Taking m = n and using sn= an = (s + a)n =0, wehave 0 = asn−1 + · · · + an−2s2+ an−1s = (at + 1)an−1sfor some t ∈ R. (Notethat s2 = ran−1s, etc.)Since (at)n+1 = a(ta)nt= 0, we have at + 1 ∈U(R), so 0 = an−1s= an−1ran−1, asdesired.

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